Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Zucchini Casserole

2 tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 onions, diced
6 medium zucchini, peeled and sliced
2 eggs
1 C milk
1 C cheddar cheese, shredded
salt/pepper to taste
1 sleeve ritz crackers, crushed(optional)

1.Preheat oven to 350
2. Saute garlic, onion, and shallots with the butter in a skillet for 2 minutes on medium
3. Add zucchini and cook for 5 minutes
4. Whip eggs with milk and add cheese
5. Add zucchini mix to the egg mixture
6. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan
7. Top with crushed crackers (when I make this again, I will omit this)
8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, let stand 5 minutes before serving

(inspired by Squash Casserole, by Add a Pinch)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Vegetable and Barley Stew

1 lb ground turkey or chicken (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
6 stalks of celery, diced
4 carrots, thinly sliced
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 rutabaga, peeled and diced
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
1/2 lb mushrooms, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 C pearl barley
8 C vegetable or beef broth
1 bay leaf
1/4 C flour
salt and pepper to taste

1. If you are adding meat, brown meat in a large stock pot
2. Add celery, carrots, onion, rutabaga, parsnip,mushrooms, garlic and olive oil to the stock pot and cook on medium high for about 5 minutes
3. Add barley and cook for another 2 minutes
4. Mix flour, salt and pepper with 1/2 C broth
5. Add floured broth, remaining broth and bay leaf to the stock pot and mix well
6. Boil on medium low for 1 hour
7. Remove bay leaf and serve warm

To Freeze:
1. Follow directions 1-7 and let cool completely and place in a freezer safe container
2. When ready to eat, thaw completely and bring to a boil in a stock pot, serve warm

(inspired by Root Vegetable Stew with Beef and Barley, by Whole Foods)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chicken Parmesan

2 chicken breast, cut in half length wise
1 tbsp olive oil
salt/pepper to taste
2 C marinara sauce
2 tbsp dried basil
1tsp oregano
4 tbsp parmesan
2 clove garlic, minced
8 oz mozzarella cheese, sliced
12 oz pasta

1. Cover chicken in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
2. Brown chicken in a skillet for 2-3 minutes a side until golden
3. Remove from pan and set aside
4. Boil water in a large saucpan
5. Add marinara to the skillet along with basil, parmesan and oregano
6. Add chicken back into the skillet, cover in sauce and cook covered for 10 minutes on medium high
7. Cook pasta according to box
8. Cover chicken in sliced mozzarella
9. Place skillet under the broiler on high until cheese is melted and bubbly
10. Serve over cooked pasta

(inspired by Skillet Chicken Parmesan, by Iowa Girl Eats)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Veggie Tacos

2 C sweet potatoes, skin removed and cubed
1 C sweet corn
1 large onion, diced
1 C quinoa cooked
1 1/2 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 C queso fresco

1. Preheat oven to 425
2. Combine sweet potatoes, corn, onion, cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder and coconut oil in a bowl
3. Mix well and spread onto a cookie sheet
4. Bake for 25 minutes
5. Mix quinoa, queso fresco and  lime juice together in a bowl and add sweet potato mix
6. Add desired amount to corn or flour tortillas with desired toppings (I just added lettuce)

To freeze:
1. Follow 1-5 and let cool completely
2. Place in a freezer safe bag
3. To serve, thaw completely and warm in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes

(inspired by Quinoa and Sweet Potato Tacos, by Once A Month Mom)