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Recipe: Kurbo Health’s Baked Ziti with Ground Turkey 

Based upon Stanford University’s renowned and research-based Pediatric Weight Control Program, the team at Kurbo Health has just released a new (and free!) cookbook for the entire family. Kurbo Health is a health coaching program that offers weekly personal health coaching and a mobile app to empower kids and teens to set goals, lose weight, and develop healthy eating and exercise habits. The Kurbo Cookbook: Family Friendly Recipes features quick, easy recipes that are specifically designed for children, teens, and their families for school mornings, packed lunches, weeknight meals, and more.

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This entrée is complete with all the components of a healthy meal: veggies, whole grains, and protein. And if you have anything left over, it makes a great packed lunch.

Baked Ziti From The Kurbo Cookbook

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 large jar marinara sauce  (24 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½  cup fresh, chopped basil or ½  Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1½ cups low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated low fat mozzarella cheese
  • ½ bag frozen spinach, thawed (don’t forget to squeeze out excess water)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil spray (to cook the turkey)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Bring a gallon pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Spray olive oil spray in a sauté pan and add minced garlic over medium heat. Sauté garlic for about one minute, then add ground turkey. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about  5 minutes.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, toss the pasta, sauce, Italian seasoning or basil, ricotta cheese, ground turkey, and spinach together.
  5. Transfer to a casserole dish, and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and brown and the dish is thoroughly heated, about 15 to 20 minutes; bake longer if the dish has been refrigerated.This can be made ahead and stored unbaked in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or it can be frozen.