Satisfy your hunger with healthy recipes for zucchini ravioli and turkey, cheese cucumber rolls.


BY JULIE BRINKLEY


Impress your guests with healthy and delicious zucchini ravioli and turkey and cheese cucumber rolls that are perfect for entertaining.


These easy recipes will satisfy your hunger without sabotaging your diet.

ZUCCHINI RAVIOLI: WHAT’S IN IT


1 1/2 cup (6 oz) fresh zucchini


1 cup part-skim ricotta


1 egg


1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach (optional)


3/4 cup low carbohydrate marinara sauce


3/4 cup (3 oz) low fat mozzarella


2 tbsp. parmesan

HOW TO MAKE IT


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a potato peeler, slice the two sides of each zucchini into thin flat strips, peeling until you reach the center.


In small mixing bowl, combine ricotta, parmesan, egg and spinach.


Separately, fill the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with the marinara sauce.


To assemble the zucchini ravioli: overlap two strips of squash then overlap two more strips perpendicular on top of the first strips, creating a T shape.


Spoon one tablespoon of filling in the center of the squash then bring the ends of the strips together, overlapping each other.


Turn the ravioli over and place in the baking dish to seal the bottom.


Top with mozzarella and more parmesan; bake for 30 minutes or until the zucchini is al dente and the cheese on top is turning golden brown.

TURKEY AND CHEESE CUCUMBER ROLLS: WHAT’S IN IT


3 oz. ripe avocado


1 garlic clove

2 tsp. lime juice


¼ tsp salt


¼ tsp pepper


Two 4-oz. cucumbers


6 oz. low sodium sliced turkey breast


4 ounces low fat mozzarella cheese


2 tbsp. fresh parsley

HOW TO MAKE IT


In small bowl, mash avocado with a fork; add minced garlic and fresh lime juice and season with sea salt and pepper to taste.


Using a peeler or mandolin, slice cucumber into equally thin strips.

Place about 12 cucumber strips next to each other, on a flat surface, such as a cutting board.

Spread 4 tbsp. mashed avocado evenly over the slices, then add slices of turkey and cheese.

Starting at one end, tightly roll all of the cucumber slices into one long "sushi" roll.


Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into individual servings.


Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately.