Easy Make Ahead Zucchini Rollatini

With summer here that means summer squash is everywhere! Zucchini, yellow squash, etc. are all in abundance at the farmers market, grocery stores, and maybe even your backyard. One of my favorite ways to cook is through using in season ingredients because they are fresh and also budget friendly! This easy Zucchini Rollatini has become a staple in our house and it can easily be modified with whatever you have on hand - yellow squash, eggplant, even large carrots! Your kids will also love it too and you will get your pasta fix without feeling like you weigh 20 more pounds after indulging.

The best part? You can prep this ahead of time and throw it in the oven when you are ready!

Zucchini Rollatini

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Zucchini (or other preferred vegetable) - the wider the better

  • 1 egg

  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups of Part-Skim Ricotta - I always make a little extra and go with the 2 1/2 cups

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

  • Fresh or Frozen spinach - cooked, drained, and chopped

  • 1 handful fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)

  • 1/2 Shredded Cup Mozzarella Cheese

  • 1/8 Cup Grated Romano/Parmesan/or any similar blend

  • Kosher Salt

  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

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Step 1:

First, cook the spinach until it is slightly wilted. Drain, cool, and chop. Then set aside.

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Step 2:

Preheat oven to 375 and slice the zucchini thin (about 1/8 inch). Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes or until soft and pliable - you want to be able to roll them without breaking.

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Step 3: While zucchini cooks, mix together Ricotta, egg, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

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Step 4:

Add in the chopped spinach to the ricotta mixture. Check your zucchini and remove from oven when finished. Then grab your favorite tomato sauce!

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Step 5: Take your zucchini slices and lay them flat. Blot dry with a paper towel to remove excess water. Fill the slice with the ricotta mixture and roll each slice up.

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Step 6:

Layer the bottom of a baking dish (I used 8x8) with the sauce. Place your rollatini with the ends facing down to avoid a cheesy explosion!

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Step 8:

Top off your rollatini with more tomato sauce, freshly grated cheese and the shredded mozzarella. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.

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FINAL STEP: Remove your rollatini from the oven when it is bubbling! Let rest for 10 minutes to cool and set. Then, ENJOY!

**You can complete steps 1-8 and throw the entire baking dish into your fridge until you are ready to bake it! I suggest with this method to let it sit for 5-10 minutes and come closer to room temperature before baking to ensure you don’t crack your pan or have excess water.

Now, get a fork, and DIG IN! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or shoot me an email!

XoXo - Jamie

I picked up all of my ingredients for this recipe at Stew Leonards! If you haven’t been, it’s worth a trip!

I picked up all of my ingredients for this recipe at Stew Leonards! If you haven’t been, it’s worth a trip!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Fashion Picks and Shopping Tips!

You have probably heard (especially If you are on Instagram) that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is HERE! It is one of the most anticipated sales of the entire year and for good reason. If you’ve never shopped it before or don’t know much about it, here’s why everyone gets so kicked up when it’s time for the sale and my TIPS to shop it!

Keep Scrolling through this post to check out all of my 2019 Anniversary Sale Picks!

Keep Scrolling through this post to check out all of my 2019 Anniversary Sale Picks!

*My posts may contain affiliate links and/or commission links which means that I make a small commission from sales generated through my page at NO COST TO YOU.

MY TIPS FOR SHOPPING THE SALE

  1. Fall Items at a BIG discount! - This is probably the biggest reason people shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Usually during the summer, you’ll find stores clearing out and discounting spring and summer items in order to make room for the fall arrivals. But, during the Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom discounts tons of new items for the fall that have never hit store shelves and it is the perfect time to stock up on fall and winter essentials, build your capsule collection, or score a $$$ designer item at a fraction of the cost.

  2. Card Holders Shop Early - Nordstrom card holders also are able to shop the sale before if opens to the public for an entire week! This means that if you have a Nordstrom card of any kind (which by the way is free to sign up for and has no yearly fees) you get priority on all of the great sale items. The reason having a card is a big part of this sale is because the great items and deals SELL OUT FAST. Last year, Nordstrom didn’t restock a lot of items after the sale opened to the public so if you waited, you missed out. If you don’t have a card, it’s not too late to sign up.

  3. When Can I Shop the Sale? - If you have a Nordstrom card, you can start shopping the sale online and in store TODAY Friday, July 12th at 12:30 p.m. EST. (Icon and Ambassador status have been able to pre-shop throughout the week but let’s be honest, most of us don’t fall into this status). If you don’t have a Nordstrom card, you can shop the sale when it opens to the public on Friday, July 19th.

  4. How do I get the items I want? - The best approach is to know what you are looking for! Go through your closet. Do you need a new pair of jeans or want to update your fall jackets? Or maybe you are looking for new gym gear. Whatever, it may be, make a list before the sale and know what you want to buy. This blog post will show you many of the things that I think are worth purchasing this time around, but it is by no means an exhaustive list and many of the things that will be on sale, aren’t available to preview yet! So, especially if you are shopping the public sale, keep tabs during the week before of what is still in stock and what isn’t. Also, buy now, think later! I know it’s not typically the approach most take to shopping but with this sale and the fact Nordstrom has an amazing return policy (and free returns) buy what you think you might want and then figure out later if you REALLY want it! Chances are if you don’t, someone else will snag it!


My Picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Another outfit compliments of the 2018 Sale!

Another outfit compliments of the 2018 Sale!

I will categorize my picks for the sale depending on the types of items (shoes, coats, etc.) Be sure to check back periodically as I will continue to update this post!

SHOES

Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes? In this sale, there are too many to count. With everything from mules to sneakers, these shoes are deeply discounted. For shoes, I have picked mostly versatile pairs that can be worn with many different outfits.

JACKETS/COATS/BLAZERS

I think the jackets and coats offered during the Anniversary Sale are hands down, my favorite items every year. Last year I bought three different ones and they became a staple in my fall and winter wardrobe. One item that was a big hit last year and is showing up again this year is the TEDDY BEAR COAT! I’ve chose some of my favorite teddy coats and other jackets from this year’s sale. And don’t forget, most of these come in other colors as well!

SWEATERS

Sweaters and especially cardigans are a big part of the sale every year. You’ll find that these items tend to go faster than many of the other pieces and there will definitely be new ones released when the sale starts. Everything from leopard print to bold colors is fair game for this fall and winter. Check out my picks below!

EVERYDAY BASICS

One thing I love to stock up on during this sale is everyday basics. These are pieces like t-shirts, thermals, camis, solids, etc. that can become part of a “capsule” wardrobe and can be worn over and over again. I’m recapping just a few but trust me, there will be a TON more available once the sale starts and like sweaters, these will go fast.

WORKWEAR

This year I wanted to feature some workwear - mostly great dresses that can be paired with a blazer or cardigan or worn on their own as a conservative but flattering look. I’ve also included a few more “fun” pieces in my picks. My workwear picks are geared toward a more conservative work environment because that is the reality of my profession and I sometimes find it’s hard to find pieces that still look feminine without feeling like they are inappropriate for the workplace.

JEANS/PANTS

This sale is a great time to stock up on your favorite jeans and pants at a fraction of the cost. You’ll find big name brands like AG, Paige, Good American, and more!

ATHLEISURE

What’s a good sale without some athleisure wear? We know we all wear it (I live in it) so why not find it for a crazy good price? My favorite Adidas Swift Run sneakers are in this sale as well as the ever popular Zella leggings!

ACCESSORIES

You can’t have a great outfit without some accessories, am I right?! There’s some great hats and sunglasses in the sale this year so keep your eye out for those while shopping if you’re in the market for them!

HOME

The Anniversary Sale doesn’t just include deals on fashion, there are a TON of great deals on home items. These super soft bath towels are my absolute favorite home item in the sale, they will last you for years and your guests will think they are at luxury hotel! I’m also snagging this cute shower curtain for our latest bathroom renovation - the added tassels are so fun! And, my FAVORITE CANDLES EVER from Anthropologie are on sale too!

BEAUTY

Let’s round out this post with some awesome beauty deals! This is the best time to buy beauty sets and to try new products without committing to buying a large quantity. Or, if you LOVE something, you can snag great sets at amazing prices. My favorite YSL Lip Colors and Glosses are a steal!


Phewww, that was a lot! Be sure to check back throughout the sale for new items, sold out notices and restock notifications. Also, if you are shopping the sale, please do so through my blog page or through following me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it APP (search "ahintofgoldblog” and follow me, then instantly shop my posts on the app). Your support means the world to me and the small commission I make through your shopping the sale from my page, allows me to keep this blog going and run fun things like giveaways and events!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a comment, email me, or DM me on Instagram or Facebook! Oh and make sure you are following me on my Instagram page so you don’t miss anything on the sale in the next week!

Happy Shopping!

XoXo - Jamie

Designer Dupe Sandals Under $50

Good morning and Happy 4th! This post is going to be short, sweet, and to the point. Steve Madden released a designer inspired sandal at a much better price point - $79 vs $600 something.

Well, I’m here to tell you I found them ON SALE for $47 in all colors and tons of sizes! Click the picture to shop these great sandals! I have the rose gold and love them so much! Check out my IG stories for more details on these great sandals.

*My posts may contain affiliate links and/or commission links which means that I make a small commission from sales generated through my page at NO COST TO YOU.

Fab Fit Fun Summer Box

Summer is in full swing and if you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’ve probably seen people posting about the Fab Fit Fun box. I’ve posted about Fab Fit Fun before and I’m here to do it again because it’s honestly one of my favorite things to get in the mail. I’ve been a loyal customer for at least 3 years and during that time I have really grown to love the company and the boxes. The Summer 2019 box is no exception!

LOVING MY FAB FIT FUN SUMMER 2019 BOX!  Also loving this summer dress - shop it here!

LOVING MY FAB FIT FUN SUMMER 2019 BOX!

Also loving this summer dress - shop it here!

So what exactly is a Fab Fit Fun box??

The box is a box full of beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products valued at over $200 and always FULL SIZE (no sample minis here). Each season Fab Fit Fun comes out with a new box (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) with products tailored to that season in some way, shape, or form.

Which subscription is right for me?

Fab Fit Fun offers a few subscription options. In my opinion, the ANNUAL subscription offers the best bang for your buck!

  1. Seasonal Subscription - The seasonal subscription means you’ll pay $49.99 each season (4 times per year) and will ship according to the seasonal schedule. This option is great if you aren’t sure you want to continue with the boxes or want to try them out for a few seasons.

  2. Annual Subscription - The annual subscription is what I have opted to have and it’s totally worth it. You will still receive a box every season but you'll pay a one time yearly fee of $179.99 (that gives you a little extra savings and also A LOT of perks). If you are an annual subscriber, you will also become a “Select Member” which means your box usually ships out earlier and you get to customize the items you want in your box - a feature that sold me on annual vs. seasonal! If you have the seasonal, you can always upgrade to the annual subscription if you change your mind!

This summer’s box is filled with so many great products. My personal favorite is the COOLA Setting Spray that is SPF 30 and great to throw in your bag for the pool or the beach!

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How do I sign up?

If you want to try a Fab Fit Fun box, you can sign up HERE and RECEIVE $10 OFF YOUR FIRST BOX

Depending on when you sign up, you will receive either the seasonal box (right now it would be summer) or an Editor’s Box (if seasonal is sold out). Either box is filled with the $200 worth of products! I actually started off with an Editor’s Box because I signed up in between seasons.

If you have any questions about the Fab Fit Fun box or my experience with it, please feel free to comment below or DM me on Instagram!

Happy Summer!

XoXo - Jamie