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Happy Thursday people!  Almost to the weekend and I've got a great little quick recipe for some delish salsa and as always figure friendly :)  I could seriously put salsa on anything so this little recipe can be whipped up pretty quickly and be topped onto pretty much anything you'd like.  Last night for dinner the hubs cooked some chicken breasts on grill and also threw some peppers from the garden onto the grill as well, I made some whole wheat penne pasta and threw together this homemade salsa.  We topped our pasta/veggie/grilled chicken dish with the salsa and presto!  YUM! Enjoy!

What you need:
1 cup olives (chopped)
1 can diced tomatoes or diced fresh tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp oregano
2 tbsp EVOO
1/4 cup parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

What you do:
Mix it all together and there you go!
 
 
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Have I told you that I LOVE having a garden?  Well.... I LOVE HAVING A GARDEN :)  We got our first zucchini out of the garden last night and I couldn't help myself, I just had to make that yummy zucchini bread that I make every year with our fresh picked zucs!  Although, this year as you know I'm taking the healthier route so I changed up the recipe a bit to be more figure friendly.  Still delicious without a doubt (I've already had 2 pieces), just more on the healthly side.  Here's the recipe, ENJOY!

What you need:
1 cup of mashed zucchini, peeled (I used my magic bullet)
1/4 cup of butter (I used 0 trans fat)
1 cup of sugar (I used stevia, natural sweetner)
2 cups of whole wheat flour or mixing blend
2 eggs

What you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all ingredients with a mixer
Spray a bread baking dish with EVOO
Pour all mixed ingredients into dish and bake for 55 minutes and DONE!  YUM!
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Happy Friday people!  The weekend is here again!  A couple nights ago I whipped up this little number, like literally it only takes about 15 min. to prep and about 25 min. to cook.  This dish is whole wheat penne with shrimp and ricotta.  I like this dish because you get all the yummy deliciousness of a great pasta dish without all the calories.  When you toss hot pasta with ricotta cheese it creates a creamy sauce that's much like alfredo, but with half the fat, genius right!?  Here's the recipe, ENJOY!

What you'll need:
12 oz. bag of shrimp, deveined
8 oz whole wheat penne
1 small onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can chopped tomatos
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
Salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

What you do:
Heat oven to 450
Cook pasta according to the package directions
Once pasta is done, drain and add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together.
Once mixed, pour into a large baking dish and pop into the oven and TA-DA!  Dinnertime!

Pair this with a little side of greens and you got yourself one yummy and guilt-free dish :)