Friday, July 6, 2007

On My Hearth: Easy Cheesy Zucchini


Alanna at A Veggie Venture has done it again! I swear I could cook one of her recipes every single day of the week, but my own "veggie venture" involves Beren's two girls and their every-other-weekend visits/vegetable experiments! We are skipping ahead to "Z" this week simply because I have zucchini in my refrigerator now, along with every other ingredient in this recipe. How lucky is that?!

She tweaked this recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen, another one of my favorite food bloggers. I can't wait to serve this to the little ones this weekend! We'll probably pair it with some type of meat substitute, chik nuggets perhaps.

EASY CHEESY ZUCCHINI


aka Easy Peasy Cheesy Zoosy-Keesy-Neesy

See Kalyn's Kitchen's inspiring recipe
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 20 minutes
Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced thin (if fresh, Kalyn uses 4 - 6 from Costco)
1 pound zucchini, ends trimmed, cut in half length-wise (unless baby zucchini) and then in half-inch thick half moons
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (Kalyn uses parsley, any fresh herb would do, I think)
Kosher salt to taste
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons grated other melt-y cheese (Kalyn uses 4 tablespoons mozzarella, I used one of those 'Mexican' blends)

In a large skillet with a cover, heat the oil til shimmery. Add the garlic and stir to coat with oil, then cook for a minute or two, just until garlic begins to turn golden in color. Add zucchini, stir several times to coat with oil and garlic. Cover and cook for four minutes, stirring once or twice. Uncover and let continue to cook til done (slightly crisp suits my taste). Stir in salt and parsley. TURN OFF THE HEAT. Sprinkle cheese over top, cover and let rest for 1 - 2 minutes til cheese is slightly melted. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE
With 2 tablespoons 'other' Cheese: Per Serving: 86 Cal (58% from Fat, 17% from Protein, 25% from Carb); 4 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 6 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; NetCarb 4; 2 g Sugar; 95 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 86 mg Sodium; 7 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point

With 4 tablespoons 'other' Cheese: Per Serving: 102 Cal (60% from Fat, 19% from Protein, 21% from Carb); 5 g Protein; 7 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 4 g Mono Fat; 6 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; NetCarb4; 2 g Sugar; 125 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 112 mg Sodium; 11 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 2 points

HOW MANY CALORIES, CARBS & WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS IN ZUCCHINI
Nutrition Information Per 1/4 pound of raw zucchini, the flesh and skin both: 18 Cal (8% from Fat, 24% from Protein, 67% from Carb); 1 g Protein; 0 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 0 g Mono Fat; 4 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 17 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 11 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol

SHORTHAND RECIPE
EASY PEASY CHEESY ZUCCHINI Cook 1T oil, lot garlic 1-2min. Add 1lb zucchini half moons, cover, cook 4min. Cook 1-2 min uncovered til done. Stir in salt, 2T basil (parsley, etc.). Off heat, top w 2T Parmesan, 2T other cheese, cover for 1-2min. WW=1 VV07

3 comments:

Grace said...

Wow that sounds scrumptious. My girls and I will love this dish.

Alanna said...

Yah, another easy cheesy zucchini lover! Kalyn knows her zucchini!!

Rapunzel said...

Alanna, so glad you stopped by! You know how much I love your site..can't wait to whip this up today!