Immunity Boosting Meal - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Immunity Boosting Meal

Your best defense against colds and flu is plenty of rest and a healthy diet.  Certain foods, like tomatoes, spinach, and other nutrient rich vegetables and fruit help to defend your body against the bacteria and virus' that cause colds and flu. Also, don't forget to visit your Meijer Pharmacy to get your seasonal flu shot for only $24.99 – and you'll receive a 2012 Meijer wellness calendar packed with tips to prevent colds and flu, tasty recipes and over $55.00 in valuable coupons. 

Here's a hearty recipe that makes two meals, one to enjoy tonight and one to freeze for later!  As a bonus, this recipe uses ingredients that help your body to fight against seasonal colds and flu.

Vegetable Stuffed Shells:

Makes: 2 Meals (4 servings each meal - $8.40 per meal for family of four)

Ingredients:

24 Jumbo Pasta Shells (about 1 12oz. box)

1 1/4 Cups (1 can) Reduced sodium Vegetable Broth (or Chicken Stock)

1/2 Cup Carrot, finely chopped

1 Sweet onion, finely diced

1 10oz. bag Fresh baby Spinach Leaves (washed and drained)

2 1/2 cups Part-skim Ricotta Cheese

1 cup Meijer Shredded Italian-blend Cheese (or Mozzarella)

1 egg

1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1 1/2 tsp. McCormick Italian Blend Seasoning

3 Cups Marinara Pasta Sauce (about 1 28oz. Jar)

1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions: 

1.     Pre-heat oven to 350oF. Cook pasta according to package directions (for best results, undercook pasta by 1 minute). Rinse, drain, let cool.

2.     Bring broth to a slow boil in a large saucepan; add carrots and onion and cook 3-4 minutes until crisp-tender. Add spinach and cook until just wilted (about 1 minute). Drain vegetables well.

3.     Mix vegetables with ricotta, mozzarella (or Italian-blend) cheese, egg, 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, and Italian blend seasoning. Fill each cooked shell with the cheese mixture.

4.     Spread 1/2 cup pasta sauce into each of 2 casserole dishes (13 x 9 x 2). Place 1/2 of the filled shells into each casserole dish.

5.     Top with the reaming sauce and sprinkle each casserole with remaining grated parmesan cheese.

6.     Cover one pan tightly with plastic wrap, and then with a layer of aluminum foil. Using a permanent marker, label the foil with the recipe name and date. Place in freezer and use within 3 months (thaw overnight in the refrigerator or microwave thaw just before cooking, and then cook following directions below).  Cover the second pan with aluminum foil and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered for an addition 10-15 minutes, until hot and bubbling.

Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories 428, Fat 16g, Cholesterol 84 mg, Sodium 727 mg, Carbohydrate 43g, Fiber 4g, Protein 28g. 

Serve with Dole bag salad topped with your favorite light salad dressing.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Lucas Co. Health Department confirms case of Hepatitis A at Dave and Buster's

    Lucas Co. Health Department confirms case of Hepatitis A at Dave and Buster's

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:31:40 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    A confirmed case of Hepatitis A has been diagnosed to a food handler who works at at Dave and Buster's near the Franklin Park Mall. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department warns that anyone who consumed any food or drink from the restaurant between March 1 through March 29 has been exposed to the virus and should get tested.  Dave and Busters has set up a phone line for people with questions or concerns at  is 844-344-94-44. Follow WTOL:   Download our app he...

    More >>

    A confirmed case of Hepatitis A has been diagnosed to a food handler who works at at Dave and Buster's near the Franklin Park Mall. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department warns that anyone who consumed any food or drink from the restaurant between March 1 through March 29 has been exposed to the virus and should get tested.  Dave and Busters has set up a phone line for people with questions or concerns at  is 844-344-94-44. Follow WTOL:   Download our app he...

    More >>
  • Woman hurt at Ohio fair gets $1.8M from ride owner, others

    Woman hurt at Ohio fair gets $1.8M from ride owner, others

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:05 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:05:34 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year's Ohio State Fair will receive $1.8 million.

    More >>

    A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year's Ohio State Fair will receive $1.8 million.

    More >>
  • City of Toledo Investigates swastika and racial slur

    City of Toledo Investigates swastika and racial slur

    City of Toledo Investigates swastika and racial slur

    Thursday, April 19 2018 2:24 PM EDT2018-04-19 18:24:55 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The city of Toledo is investigating after a notepad found in a city vehicle was discovered containing a swastika and a racial slur. We are told the vehicle use used by multiple employees. "We respect each other in Toledo, we welcome all people, and we stand up for one another," said Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. "To say I condemn hate symbols like a swastika or racial slurs and anti-LGBT messages is an understatements. I abhor and detest such th...

    More >>

    TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The city of Toledo is investigating after a notepad found in a city vehicle was discovered containing a swastika and a racial slur. We are told the vehicle use used by multiple employees. "We respect each other in Toledo, we welcome all people, and we stand up for one another," said Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. "To say I condemn hate symbols like a swastika or racial slurs and anti-LGBT messages is an understatements. I abhor and detest such th...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly