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!

Weekday Date Nights

Anyone else get stuck in the rut of becoming a recluse during the week?  Guilty as charged.  

After we moved from NYC to the “burbs” my hubby and I found ourselves staying home a lot more. 

And as easy as it is for us all to fall into the same weekly routine, it’s also important for overall mental and physical health to get out once in a while! 

The perfect way to do so is by planning an impromptu date night.  I’m talking T-minus one hour notice that we will be going on a date, type of night.  

It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy, I think keeping it casual during the week is best.  It’s also a great excuse to explore a place in your neighborhood! 

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When we decided on a date night at the last minute, I knew I’d have to throw together an outfit in five minutes.  Sometimes, not overthinking your outfit is best.   

My Outfit

Peplum Style Top - It's not available online but HERE is a really cute, similar option. 

H&M 'MAMA' Maternity Jeans - I've already raved about these jeans..they are my go-to!

Shopper Tote - This Sole Society 'Dawson' oversize tote in dusty rose ON SALE NOW!

Sunglasses - My favorite Celine sunnies in the style HAVANA (obviously this makes me love them that much more)!

    Shoes - That gorgeous bag is hiding them, but you've all seen them before, the most comfortable  Vince Camuto shoes for spring and summer!


    The Date Spot 

    So as I was saying earlier, date nights are the perfect opportunity to try something new in your neighborhood.  Living in the city, I was completely spoiled with the amazing restaurants everywhere.  Unfortunately, in the suburbs, there just aren't as many really amazing spots.

    But...last night BURRATA Wood Fired Pizza in Eastchester completely changed my mind.  

    Every single thing we ate was absolutely delicious and my husband and I both cannot wait to come back.  They have a variety of traditional Italian dishes with modern twists as well as really amazing wood fired pizza.  They also have some really unique and delicious looking cocktails that I cannot wait to try after the baby is here! 

    If you are in the Westchester area, or even if you are in NYC, it's totally worth the 30 minute train ride from Grand Central to come and check out Burrata.  There was also live music to make the experience that much better! 

    Arancini Alla Piemontese   - arancini with white truffle and mushroom - SOOOOO GOOOD

    Arancini Alla Piemontese  - arancini with white truffle and mushroom - SOOOOO GOOOD

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    Costolette - pork ribs with a balsamic glaze and porcini 

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    J. Sexton No. 2* - one of many amazing wood fired pizza choice (all with organic flour BTW!)

    tomatoes, garlic,  burrata, basil, EVOO, black pepper, parmigiana - simple and delicious 

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    And for dessert....ZEPPOLES 

    I literally ate all but one..and that was only because my husband ate that one.  These were paired with a perfect custard vanilla sauce and were oh so delicious! 


    So there you have it, a weekday date night can help you find your new favorite restaurant and it doesn't have to be over-the-top or planned for that matter.  

    Sometimes changing up your weekly routine can give you a whole new outlook on the rest of your week! 

    xoxo

    Jamie