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Garlicy Zucchini 3 Cheese Bake

Super simple, super healthy.

This is a single serving side side, so if you're making for more, take that into account.  I love it, because it feels guilty, but isn't.

You need:

One small zucchini
1 Tbsp Shredded mozzarella, part skim lowfat
1 Tbsp Parmesan shredded
1 Tbsp Swiss, shredded
1/4 tsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
I sliced up 3 oz. of zucchini on the mandolin, not paper thin, but thin cut on a 2 setting.Place them in your baking dish.  Add salt and pepper.  Lightly smear with minced garlic.  Top with swiss, parm, and mozarella.  Bake until golden and bubbly at 325F in a big oven, or 275F in a convection oven. That easy.

Approx. 124 Calories

Greek Yogurt Thousand Island/Russian Dressing-Updated

I love creamy dressings, but mayo packs a mean punch of calories. I'm constantly looking through the salad dressings when I pick up my weekly pound of spinach, for something new and low calorie that isn't a vinaigrette (too sour for me usually).  This week, I noticed Wegmans now caries a greek yogurt thousand island, and I was like DOH!  I can do that!  Why didn't I ever think of it?  And I bet I can yield more with less calories.

You Need:
1/2 Tbsp Simply Heinz Ketchup (any Ketchup will work-you can use whatever you like, but you'll need to adjust your calories)
1 1/2 Tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt, Fat Free
1/2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish

If you like yours a little less relishy, adjust yogurt and ketchup accordingly.

Mix and serve.

(This whole salad is 320 calories-2 cups spinach, one boiled egg, two slices thick cut baked bacon, 1 whole roma tomato, and 1 Tbsp grated parm.)

Perfect Bacon

Bacon is both foe and friend.  Yes, it is high in fat, but it also packs a powerful protein punch and has choline, something women, especially those who are pregnant or post-menopausal need. Go ahead, take some time and google it ladies.

Back?  Alright.

The second wonderful thing about bacon is that the drippings are quite useful for people doing the all-natural all the time thing.  So, this is a great way to cook your bacon so it comes out just the way you like it every time, and a nice way to get some pretty clean drippings.

We're going to bake the bacon.

Now, the bacon pictured here is slightly underdone by my standards.  This is because I have every intention of adding it to other recipes or nuking it for a quick morning protein fix.  For me, availability is key, since once the classes get going I have very little time to myself.  I store it in baggies, some in the freezer, some in the fridge.

It's also nice to do on cold winter mornings, when you don't turn up the the…

Strawberry Trifle is So Not Healthy

I'm super excited to have survived the last few weeks.  Those of you who know me are aware that everything has been in turmoil since 12/12.  We've shed a lot of tears of sadness and horror going into the New Year, and Christmas just didn't feel like Christmas knowing what I knew.  I took a break from almost everything but family and friends, and found comfort in my community.  We've got a long road ahead of us, but we will grow strong, we will find joy, and we will BAKE.

Because that, kids, is what you do when you're sad or bored.  Just ask my Mom.

So, today I'm sharing absolute garbagey comfort food that is wonderful and decadent and so easy.  Because sometimes you need Grandma's favorite summer picnic dish to cheer you up. This beauty was made for the family Christmas, because it is a fave among the older generation (the younger are pretty fond of it to, but this trifle always comes with stories of the before times).

1 box yellow cake mix
1 box french van…