Many people, regardless of race, always hold Italian Cuisine close to their hearts. Sumptuous flavors are not withheld from Italian cooking, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be healthy. We compiled a few recipes for you to consider in your lineup of meals this week, Italian style. Get your apron ready and buon appetito!
Recipe 1: Grilled Veggie Pizza Supremo
Preparation Time: 25 min
Cooking Time: 14 min
(Nutritional Info: 486 kcal, 33.4 grams fat, 29 grams carbohydrates, 19.5 grams protein, 790 mg sodium, 52 mg cholesterol)
– 2 ounces refrigerated pizza crust
– 1 cup bite-size broccoli florets
– ¼ pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
– 1 small zucchini, sliced
– 1 large Portobello mushroom, sliced
– ¼ cup chopped red onion
– ¼ cup fontina cheese, cubed
– ¼ cup crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese
– ¼ cup pesto
– 3 tablespoon olive oil
- Start heating up a grill to high heat.
- On a grill pan, place the onion, broccoli, squash, zucchini, and mushrooms. Brush the veggies with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cook the veggies on the preheated grill. Cover the grill for about 5 minutes, or until the veggies become tender.
- Remove the veggies from the grill and set aside.
- Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface. Make two 8-inch circles about ¼-inch thick. Place the pizza dough onto pans. Brush the tops with the remaining olive oil.
- Bake the pizza on the grill. Cover it and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until browned.
- Remove the pizza crust from the grill and spread pesto on top of it.
- Top the pizza with cooked vegetables.
- Sprinkle fontina and blue cheeses on top.
- Return the pizza on the grill and cook for about 3 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Recipe 2: Classic Zuppa Toscana
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 55 min
(Nutritional Info: 459 kcal, 34.1 grams fat, 21.1 grams carbohydrates, 17.2 grams protein, 1.9 g sodium, 87 mg cholesterol)
– 6 slices of bacon
– 2 potatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices
– One 16-ounce package of smoked sausage
– 2 cups kale (washed, dried, and shredded)
– 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
– ¾ cup chopped onion
– 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
– 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
– 1-quart water
- Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Place the sausage links on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until they’re cooked through.
- Cut the sausage in half, lengthwise. Then cut the slices at an angle into ½-inch slices.
- Cook the bacon and onions in a saucepan over medium heat, or until the onions are almost clear.
- Remove the bacon from the saucepan and crumble. Set it aside.
- Add garlic to the onions in the saucepan and cook for another minute.
- Add the bouillon or chicken base, potatoes, and water. Simmer everything for 15 minutes.
- Add the crumbled bacon, kale, sausage, and cream. Simmer the soup for 4 minutes.
- Serve while the soup is still warm.
Recipe 3: Low-Calorie Italian Cheesecake
Preparation Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 50 min
(Nutritional Info: 178 kcal, 5.8 grams fat, 23.6 grams carbohydrates, 8.1 grams protein, 89 mg sodium, 64 mg cholesterol)
– 3 eggs
– 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
– 1 ½ pounds ricotta cheese
– ½ teaspoon rum flavored extract
– 1 ½ teaspoon almond extract
– 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
– ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
– 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest
- Preheat oven to 205 degrees Celsius (400 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Grease and flour a 9-inch round pan or springform.
- Mix eggs, confectioners’ sugar, and ricotta cheese. Blend everything well.
- Stir in orange zest, lemon zest, lemon juice, rum extract, almond extract, and vanilla.
- Beat everything by hand until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
- Pour the batter into the round baking pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until the cake is golden.
- Place the cake on a rack and let it cool before serving.