Friday, September 18, 2015

Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake

First I will follow up with a previous recipe, Refrigerator Pickled Hot Peppers. I opened it up for the first time yesterday to throw some peppers on my cauliflower sandwich (still one of my favorite meals currently). They were SO SALTY. I rinsed them off a little and then they tasted better, but oh my gosh. So salty. I wouldn't make this particular recipe again. Next year I'll try a different version.

I also made a quick casserole out of the rest of my basil and squash. I made it, baked it, and then froze it before the last step. When I'm ready to eat it, I'll thaw it, add the extra cheese to the top, and bake. I don't have a picture yet since it isn't done. I'll update you when I eat it.

Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake
Kalyn's Kitchen

2 medium-sized zucchini, cut in slices or half-moon slices
2 medium-sized yellow squash, cut in slices or half-moon slices
2 T chopped fresh basil (or even less, depending on how much you like the flavor of basil) (2 to 4)
2 T thinly sliced green onion
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup + 1/2 cup low-fat white cheese
1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. Wash the squash and cut in slices or half-moon slices. Wash basil, spin dry or dry with paper towels and finely chop. Slice green onions.

Combine the sliced squash, chopped basil, sliced green onions, dried thyme, garlic powder, and both kinds of cheese and stir together until the veggies are coated with cheese and the herbs are well-distributed. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Put the mixture in the baking dish and bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes.

When the zucchini is nearly cooked through, take the casserole dish out of the oven and sprinkle over the remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheese. Put the dish back in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted and nicely browned and zucchini is fully cooked. Serve hot.

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