Zucchini zoodle lasagna

I have been experimenting with my Paderno spiralizer and tried this recipe which was especially tasty.  This would be a wonderful one to try with children, as they would not even know that zucchini were a main ingredient of this dish. I adapted the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens one-pan recipes and added some…

Zucchini and Corn casserole

Are you searching for a new side dish that incorporates vegetables in a different way?  I think I found one from the Six Sisters.  If you are not familiar with them, there are just that, six sisters with busy lives and families.  Some of their recipes are just fantastic.  This one I happened to find…

Zoodles with a spiral slicer

I finally purchased a Paderno spiralizer slicer and it has been a wonderful addition to my kitchen tool collection.  My three blade slicer is able to cut vegetables very quickly into angel hair noodles, shoestrings and even spiral cut strands.  My first attempt at using the tool was extremely successful, as I made zucchini noodles…

grilled zucchini

Most of my grilled vegetable posts have been recipes made with a variety of mixed vegetables.  And, when I usually grill zucchini, I have sliced the vegetable into circles to accompany the other vegetables in the dish–following the rule that equal sized ingredients cook evenly. Recently, I have been grilling strips of zucchini with great…

cherry street market –a wonderful fall experience

Last Friday, we took a relaxing Fall drive Up North to Traverse City Michigan.  I certainly do love Northern Michigan and will never give up an opportunity to experience wonderful food, shopping, and of course the Lake.  The weather was lovely and the air was filled with the crisp cooler weather that has rolled into…

fall squash casserole

Another fall comfort food which adapts well to a casserole dish is squash.  I recently tried making this dish with a mixture of zucchini and yellow squash.  It was very tasty and could be adapted to include other herbs and seasonings as desired. Over the years, I have used several recipes to perfect this dish….

baby zucchini

  on a quick trip to the Whole Foods Market, i happened to find baby zucchini.  what a cute product. usually zucchini are ripe when they are approximately eight inches in length. zucchini are nutritionally low in fat and calories, and a good source of Vitamin A, folate and potassium.  if you are interested in…

vegetable garden inspiration

last month i took advantage of viewing many yards on traditional summer garden walks. i always seem to be inspired by viewing what others have in their own home gardens.  on this particular walk, i was totally impressed with this home and the postage-stamp sized vegetable garden. this vegetable garden was not huge, as i…

ina’s vegetable tian

  as a side dish, this tops the list.  i found this recipe to be amazing—tasty with a beautiful presentation.  i find Ina garten’s barefoot in Paris cookbook to have many of my favorites.  this one was made almost to the directions, though i substituted fontina cheese for her suggested Gruyère. i also used my Cuisinart mandoline for slicing the ingredients. this…

zu canoes

  eating well begins with increasing the amounts of fruit and vegetables in a daily food plan.  sometimes it is difficult to incorporate a variety of tastes with many of the choices.  i have found that zucchini can be prepared a number of different ways with great success.  this is one of my recipes for…

roasted zucchini coins

just as i am planning my spring and summer vegetable garden, i am also searching for great vegetable side dishes made with fresh vegetables. this dish is made with 2-3 fresh zucchini which are sliced into coin shapes.  they are roasted in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. to prepare them, after…

stuffed zucchini

i am always searching for new ways to offer zucchini as a side dish.  here is a great recipe for stuffed zucchini which takes less than one hour to prepare and bake. preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  using a spoon or melon scoop, remove the center of the zucchini to form a canoe.  i…