Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cheesey Zucchini


Hello again and happy Tuesday! Today I have for you another Tasty Tuesday which just happens to be half of our dinner last night. Tomorrow or later in the week I will share with you the other half. The Hubs and I decided that we would join our good friends the Fusch's and get back on the South Beach Diet before swimsuit season. For those of you who do not know about this diet, you may want to research it because it is an extremely healthy diet and, for us, it is pretty easy to stick to. The first two weeks, or Phase One, is basically the jump start to the diet. You must cut out all carbs and sugars, including fruit, and focus on lean meats, low fat cheeses, and veggies. We try to mix up our recipes to add serious flavor to otherwise steamed veggies and plain meat.  This recipe is adapted and changed from one on pinterest I found from Kalyn written on he blog Kalyn's Kitchen, and she got the recipe from her sister Pam.  She found the recipe in Penzeys Back to School 2011 Catalog , where it was submitted by Karen Niessing. I hope you enjoy our cheesey zucchini bake, diet or not!





















Cheesey Zucchini Bake

   South Beach Diet Phase One

Ingredients

  • 4 large - 6 small zucchini and/or yellow squash
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated (reduced fat if on South Beach)
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella  cheese, grated (reduced fat if on South Beach)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated finely
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 large or 2 small fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • a sprinkle of garlic powder and/or onion powder if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking dish, I used a lasagna pan, with a non stick cooking spray. Was your zucchini and remove the tips and ends. Cut once lengthwise and then chop into crescent moon shapes (see photos above). Place aside in a bowl. Then chop the garlic, chives, and basil and add all to the bowl. add your thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Grate all the cheese and add about half of each cheese to the bowl, leaving the rest of the cheese aside for later. Mix all ingredients in the bowl and pour onto the baking dish. Spread evenly and bake for 25-30 minutes. Then, remove the dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the cheese in melted and the zucchini is cooked enough for your liking. Enjoy!

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