Eating healthy is one of the three aspects being addressed in this year's Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute's My Heart Challenge: Family Edition. But finding those delicious, yet healthy, recipes can be a challenge.
For your next family meal, try this colorful baked ziti - which is a healthier take on the classic dish. If you didn't know, the typical baked ziti dish can have up to 1,000 calories in a single serving, plus more than 100 percent of your daily value of saturated fats. The recipe below has more than two servings of vegetables per portion - but don't tell your kids that.
BAKED ZITI WITH SUMMER VEGETABLES
Serving size: 1/4 of dish
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
- 4 ounces uncooked ziti
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cups yellow squash, diced
- 1 cup zucchini, diced
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese, divided
- 2 Tbsp. basil, chopped
- 2 tsp. oregano1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare an 8-inch baking dish by lightly coating with cooking spray.
- Prepare pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
- Heat a large skillet with the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add squash, zucchini and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in pasta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, basil, oregano and pepper flakes.
- Combine ricotta and egg and stir into pasta mixture. Pour into making dish and top with remaining mozzarella.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese bubbles and starts to brown.
Total calories: 210 cals
Total carbohydrates: 13 g
Total fat: 12 g
Dietary fiber: 3 g
Saturated fat: 4.5 g
Sodium: 250 mg
Protein: 13 g