Everything's coming together this weekend, when I light the coals to make these basic — but far from blasé — zucchini grilled cheeses. They're a snap to put together, and perfect for my vegetarian friends. See the recipe.
Zucchinis are overflowing out of many people's gardens now so you can either find them free from a generous friend, or for a couple bucks at your local farmers market. Once you get your hands on this green summer squash, give this recipe a try.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Sucanat (or sugar)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup grated carrots
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg and add sugars. Then add oil and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Stir in vegetables. Then mix in dry ingredients.
- Pour into greased bread pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes at 350°F until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Desserts, Breads
I have always held Winter squash in greater esteem than the Summer variety, since zucchini and crook neck squash seem to pale in comparison nutritionally. But it looks like I was wrong, because Summer squash has a lot to offer.
One cup of zucchini provides about 15 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C and 10 percent of vitamin A. This veggie is high in manganese, a trace mineral that supports an active metabolism as well as brain function and bone health. One cup of Summer squash also provides two and a half grams of fiber, and every little bit of fiber adds up to make a healthy diet. Plus, you get around 10 percent of your daily intake requirements for potassium, folate, and vitamin K with a cup of squash, as well as a bit of omega-3 fatty acids. This variety of squash is also high in phytonutrients, though not quite as high as root vegetables, which have cancer-fighting effects.
Now that I have convinced us both of the nutritional merits this versatile vegetable, I am sure you are going to want to cook some up tonight. You can check out my serving suggestions when you read more
One of my favorite ways to liven up tired weeknight favorites is to give them a seasonal twist. Switch up the same old vegetarian tacos by swapping canned beans for farm-fresh roasted vegetables.
Slip leftover portobello mushroom caps and slices of roasted zucchini squash between warm corn tortillas to add a delicate earthiness to your meal. Add in spicy red onion and juicy fresh salsa, and your Mexican meal is complete.
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After making a scrumptious ratatouille sandwich, I couldn't get the tasty French dish out of my mind. This time, I opted to serve the cooked vegetables in a more traditional way: in a classic French crepe. Considering the prep work, ratatouille is a time-consuming dish, but once the veggies are cooking it's pretty fast and effortless. For the ratatouille, it's important to use your largest pan — I actually used a wok as it holds a larger volume.
Each bite of the final dish is a complex and delicious combination of eggplant, onions, bell peppers, squash, tangy goat cheese, and crisp crepe. If you don't have time to make ratatouille, be sure to give the crepe recipe a chance. Crepes are simple to make and easy to customize — try adding herbs and cheese for a different take on the savory version. Or do what I did with the extra crepes and create a sweet crepe with strawberries and a thin layer of Nutella. To get started on your own French dinner, read more
While I've stuffed a potato and bell pepper plenty of times, I've never had stuffed zucchini — until now! This recipe ingeniously fills the boat-like vegetable with a quinoa-white bean mixture. The technique is simple and can easily be adapted to suit your dietary needs.
Rice or couscous can be used in place of quinoa, and the combination of vegetables, nuts, and cheese that's stirred into the grain is entirely up to you. To learn how to make this innovative, hearty vegetarian meal, read more
If you've never had moussaka, the popular Greek dish that traditionally consists of ground meat and sliced eggplant, I highly suggest you make it soon. I recently did and couldn't help but wonder why I had never made this fantastic dish before.
Although there are several steps in the recipe, the final result is insanely delicious. First potatoes, zucchini, and eggplant are roasted in the oven. Next a mixture of tomatoes, ground beef, and lamb is cooked on the stove. These components are layered like a lasagna and topped with a creamy béchamel before being baked until bubbly and golden.
Moussaka is the perfect dinner party dish because you can make it in advance and bake it while the party is going on. To check out the recipe, read more
Surprise your family tonight with this gift-like meal. The seafood and vegetables are cooked en papillote — inside a parchment paper package — until moist and tender. At the table, your loved ones open the packets to discover a delectable and succulent dinner.
Feel free to get creative with the recipe: this healthy cooking technique is ideal for all types of fish, chicken, and vegetables. To learn how it's done, read more