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15 January . 2020

Must-Try Dinner Recipes

Looking to liven up your dinner table? From taco casserole to chipotle portobello tacos, we’ve got a full list of must-try recipes guaranteed to pack a flavorful punch. Not only are these recipes delicious, they are also suitable for a variety of diets. Look for the symbols after each recipe to see if they match your lifestyle.

Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups: Known as the prettiest “pasta” dish around, these zucchini lasagna roll-ups make a delicious dinner option everyone is sure to enjoy. Slice the zucchinis into 1/8-inch strips and place onto a baking sheet. Combine ricotta, parmesan, eggs, and garlic powder in a bowl and spread the mixture onto the zucchini slices, along with a layer of marinara sauce. Roll the slices, place in a baking dish, and bake for 20 minutes. Pro tip: use a vegetable peeler to make the zucchini slicing process easier and more convenient.
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Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Foil Packs: Try out cilantro-lime shrimp foil packs if you’re craving a light and refreshing meal. In a bowl combine shrimp, corn, zucchini, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, and cilantro and add a drizzle of olive oil. Divide your mix, place onto foil pieces, and top with a spoonful of butter and lime slices before sealing. Grill the foil packs for 10 minutes, serve, and enjoy. 
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Foil Packs
Photo Credit: Delish

Burger Fat Bombs: These burger fat bombs are guaranteed to replace your favorite fast food burger. Mix seasoned beef, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl and grease a mini muffin tin. Place one tablespoon of the beef mixture into each muffin tin cup, add a layer of butter, and place another layer of beef on top. Add a slice of cheese to each “bomb” and bake for 15 minutes. Serve with keto-friendly rutabaga fries for a tasty side. 
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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup: Getting cheesy has never been so easy with this cauliflower soup. Heat olive oil, garlic cloves, and white onion in a pot. Add cauliflower and water, and steam until the cauliflower is tender. Pour in vegetable stock and milk and let the pot simmer. Next, turn your heat off, add shredded cheddar cheese and stir until smooth. Serve with another sprinkle of shredded cheese and scallions. For non-vegetarians, sprinkle bacon bits on top for a delectable finishing touch. 


Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers: These sloppy joe stuffed peppers are so packed with flavor they may just beat the original recipe. Cook an onion until soft and stir in tomato paste, garlic, and ground beef. Once the beef is no longer pink, stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. Slice the peppers into halves, distribute mixture onto the peppers, and cover with shredded provolone cheese. Pour beef broth on top of the peppers, cover with foil, and bake for 45 minutes. Top with chopped green onions.


Pizza Skillet: Whip up this pizza skillet in only 30 minutes. Heat up olive oil and diced gluten-free tortillas in a skillet and cook until golden brown. Once complete, remove tortillas and add diced zucchini, summer squash, red and green peppers, onion, and garlic cloves and cook until soft. Place tortillas back into the skillet, add tomato sauce, and sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Stir until melted and serve with fresh basil.

Pizza Skillet
Photo Credit: SheLikesFood

Taco Casserole: Introducing your new favorite weeknight dinner, this taco casserole is easy to make and oh so satisfying. Cook up your ground beef in a skillet along with onions, salt, pepper, taco seasoning, and jalapeños. Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl and add the meat mixture once fully cooked. Spread mixture into a baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 25 minutes and garnish with parsley, sour cream, and more jalapeños for an extra kick.

Chipotle Portobello Tacos: Spicy, smoky, and packed with flavor, these chipotle portobello tacos are sure to become your next go-to meal. Begin by slicing the portobellos and bell peppers into 1/2-inch thick strips and place onto a lined sheet pan. Mix oil, garlic cloves, cumin, coriander, canned chipotle, and salt to create the chipotle marinade. Brush marinade onto the vegetables and roast for 20 minutes. Prepare refried black beans and any additional garnishes. Once complete, heat up your tortillas, or use lettuce wraps for a gluten-free option, and top with refried black beans, vegetables, and garnishes. Serve with margaritas for a fun dinner party menu!

Portabella Tacos
Photo Credit: Feastingathome

Tomato Mushroom Spaghetti Squash: Sneakily serve your family vegetables with this delicious tomato mushroom spaghetti squash. After cooking the spaghetti squash, heat olive oil, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and mushrooms in a sauté pan. Once the vegetables are tender, add the spaghetti squash and toss in fresh basil and pine nuts. Garnish with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

So, what’s your favorite go-to healthy dinner? Share with us on social media by tagging @EstrellaAZLife for the chance to be featured on our page.