Zucchini... all of a sudden there's so much of it!
Adding cheese and baking it is one of the easiest and yummiest ways to enjoy this summer favorite!
I originally got this recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen and have been enjoying it with my own kitchen tweaks for weeks now!
Here's what you'll need:
Here's what to do:
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Spray an 9" x 13" baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray (but if you forget it'll be ok - guess how I know!). Wash the squash and cut in quarter-moon slices.
Combine the sliced squash, basil, green onions/chieves, 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. I do this right in the 9x13 pan, which means less dishes! Season with salt and ground black pepper. Bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes.
When the zucchini is almost cooked, take it out of the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheese on top. Put the dish back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and nicely browned. Zucchini should be fully cooked. Serve hot.
Keeps well in the fridge & heats up in the microwave the next day!
One of my kids will eat this and the other is not a fan but #DairymanDan & I both love it! And I love that I don't have to shred my zucchini for this recipe!
What's your go to zucchini recipe? Especially ones that don't need shredding!
Now I have in my life made pie crust from scratch but since baby #3 came along, I'm simplifying even more which means store bought pie crust & less mess & dishes!
So grab your pie crust & favorite pie or tart pan (I don't have an official tart pan!) and set your crust in. Then comes the mozzarella cheese. Feel free to shred your own or just use the pre-shredded kind like me because as far as I'm concerned it melts into yummy cheesy goodness with a lot less work! (Side note: Pre-shredded cheese was one of my favorite things about coming back to America!)
Next comes all those tomatoes. Depending on what you have you can just slice up some big ones & place those slices on top or if you have a bunch of cherry tomatoes I think it's super cute to cute them in half and line them on top of the cheese in big circles. Finally sprinkle on the fresh or dried basil and, if you want, a little drizzle of olive oil.
Finally pop it in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is all melty. You'll probably want to let it sit for 5-10 minutes when you take it out of the oven to make sure the cheese isn't too gooey when you eat it. All that's left is enjoying!
What's your favorite way to use up all those end of the summer tomatoes?
With (hopefully!) less than 4 weeks to go until we meet #3 we're busy in baby prep mode, which includes digging out the baby boxes, wrapping up lose ends, and stocking the freezer with meals! The other day I made these great Cheesy Beefy Enchiladas and shared about it on Facebook & Instagram and of course there were requests for the recipe (because it really is amazing!). Since I wasn't planning on doing a whole recipe post there aren't any step by step instructions with pictures but I'm sure you'll figure it out!
Freezer Meal Tip:
Don't have lots of 9x13 pans? Always forget to buy aluminum pans for freezer meals? No problem!
I always line the bottom & sides of a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil, fill it up with my enchiladas, casserole, or whatever and pop it in the freezer. At least a day later, I grab it out of the freezer, place a piece of aluminum foil over the top, flip over the casserole, & out it pops. Then I wrap it in aluminum foil, label & pop it back into the freezer until you want to enjoy it!
To Enjoy: Place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of a 9x13 pan (it'll make clean up easier!). Then take your casserole out of the freezer & unwrap the top and place original casserole & tin foil back into a 9x13 pan. Defrost in the fridge for 24 hours before proceeding with the recipes directions.
What are your favorite freezer meals? I'm hoping to make a few more (and keep making them even post-baby because it really does save time & is so easy!)
It just so happens that as dairy farmers we not only love our cows we also love all the delicious foods they give us! Really if you think about it it's pretty amazing what can be made from milk... cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, ice cream, cottage cheese, sour cream, cheese (I guess I already said that but there's SO many options I had to say it again!), butter, and of course, a cold glass of milk, and many, many others, not to mention all the variations on the above!
To switch it up a bit every so often I'm going to start sharing some of our household's favorite recipes that include yummy dairy products! Some will be long-standing family traditions, some new discoveries, and some menu mainstays, and all delicious!
** Warning: I'm not a food blogger.... So far I rarely remember to take a picture of the finished product let alone the whole process so you'll just have to imagine each step! I will give you some of my personal pointers & tips though!
First up is a new recipe to our family! My sister-in-law is a Pampered Chef consultant & over the years I've fallen in love their kitchen products! During a recent Facebook party this recipe popped up and I knew we had to try it! To make a long story short I came to own this amazingly beautiful LARGE round stone and my fridge just happened to be filled with cream cheese (this recipe's secret dairy ingredient!) and eggs, perfect for this brunch pizza!
I'm a pretty basic simple cook... not a lot of fancy ingredients around our house. But I do also like to start with real foods that aren't packaged or processed as much since they're both cheaper & better for you. So most recipes get a little tweaking!
For this I recipe I browned the sausage on the stove & then added some frozen peppers - I use frozen green peppers in all sorts of things! Next it took a few rounds in the microwave to smooth out the cream cheese & then we added farm fresh eggs from some friends, although we use store bought all the time too!
The trickiest part was cutting the biscuits horizontally - I used a big serrated bread knife. Honestly I rarely use pre-made refrigerated biscuits but it did make this recipe go faster & they are yummy! I used my super awesome Pampered Chef roller to squish the biscuits all together but I think a glass or your fingers would work just as well!
Then all that's left is sprinkling, pouring, a little more sprinkling. Now let's talk cheese for a moment. The original recipe called for provolone cheese but I'm not sure I've ever had provolone cheese in our house, so we used boring (and so delicious) ol' cheddar! Next it was stuck it in the oven and of course waited for it to come out! We'll be making it again for sure!
Growing up a city-girl, after marrying my dairy farmer husband and spending a few years abroad, we came home to expand the family dairy farm and want to share our journey & farm life with you!