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Posts Tagged ‘grated zucchini’

A Zucchini Post

Posted by terrepruitt on November 15, 2017

I could have sworn I posted about shredded zucchini before but I can’t find that I did. I was looking through my ideas on things to post and I came across this picture of chicken and shredded zucchini in a tortilla. I just snapped it really quick thinking I could share it somewhere, but that I had already written about shredded zucchini. But I guess I have not. Could be because there really isn’t that much to write about it. It is just a different way to prepare zucchini. Instead of slicing it into rounds and steaming it or roasting it, shredded it with a cheese grater. Then you can add it to whatever you want. I know there are a lot recipes for zucchini cakes, like crab cakes. I just found one in my recipe folder that I want to try. But this is even less complicated. Just shred the zucchini and cook it.

I normally cook it in a pan with either oil or butter and garlic salt. I often add it to pasta. That is my favorite way to use it. It kind of gives the pasta a creamy texture. Or sometimes as you can see, I add it to chicken and put it in a tortilla. It is just another way for us to consume vegetables.

Ahhh, I found it. Instead of “shredded zucchini” I called it “grated zucchini”. More accurate, I’d say. Well, in that post (Grated Zucchini is GREAT) I talked about grated zucchini in rice (YUM!) and I added to a turkey concoction. Doesn’t sound like I liked the concoction all that much.  I liked the turkey and zucchini, but not what I made with it. So this is just another way to use the grated zucchini . . . with chicken.  There is also a post Zucchini Has Antioxidants and Vitamins, in case you are interested.

Yum. Making me hungry.

Is there a veggie that you like to grate/shred and use in your cooking?

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Bruschetta Pasta

Posted by terrepruitt on August 5, 2014

You may have read my post regarding how much I loved Dinner of Herbs eggplant bruschetta recipe. I said I could put the eggplant mixture on anything. Well, I actually bought the ingredients to make the bruschetta, I even remembered the bread! But when I arrived at home I looked in my refrigerator and realized I had some zucchini I needed to use. Plus I had some mushrooms I needed to use. So I decided this would be a great time to put the eggplant and tomato mixture with a little extra over pasta. So I am just adding zucchini and mushrooms to the way I made the bruschetta.  Here is what I made:

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Ingredients:

–1 medium or large eggplant, cubed (very small)
–4 medium sized tomatoes, cubed
–1 lb of mushrooms, sliced or coarsely chopped
–2 zucchinis, grated
–3/4 of a large onion, chopped (tiny)
olive oil
two tablespoons of butter
garlic powder
onion powder
salt
pepper
sweet basil
balsamic vinegar
Parmesan cheese, as desired
1 package/box/container of pasta (I prefer linguine)

Heat the oven to 450°F.

Put the eggplant on a baking sheet. (I used parchment paper on the baking sheet.) Drizzle with olive oil. Mix it up, then spread the eggplant evenly, in one layer (the eggplant I used was too large to be one layer), over the baking sheet. After baking for about 10 minutes, move the eggplant around on the pan.  After another 10 minutes, gently stir/toss the eggplant and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for about an additional 25 minutes. Stirring or tossing if necessary to ensure even roasting. In between roasting the eggplant, spread 3/4 of the tomato out over a baking sheet. (I used parchment paper on the baking sheet.) Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and onion powder. (Tomatoes are too delicate to be mixed as done with the eggplant.) Bake until the edge pieces are browning.  Stirring gently, if you want.  I ended up cooking the tomatoes for about 30 minutes.

Somewhere in between cooking the mushrooms and zucchini as instructed below, you might want to cook your pasta. I prefer my pasta hot. You can plan and cook accordingly.

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Once all the veggies are cooked to your satisfaction put half of the cooked and drained pasta in a large bowl, then add half of all of the cooked vegetables.  Add the basil, vinegar, any additional salt and/or pepper you desire.  Then add the rest of the pasta and cooked vegetables along with half of the raw tomato and onion.  Toss it all.  Taste it to see if you want more basil, vinegar, salt and/or pepper.  Put the rest of the raw tomato and onion on top. Serve the pasta sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

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This is the first recipe I wrote FIRST, then followed.  I made a few adjustments to the recipe as I was cooking, and noted them before posting.  I think layering the pasta, then veggies makes for easier mixing.  Of course, you can mix it anyway you’d like.  I loved this.  I loved the flavor as I did when I made the eggplant bruschetta.  What I would do next time is use 3 tomatoes instead of four.  The flavor of the tomatoes overpowered everything.  I am looking forward to having the leftovers, as I believe left over pasta is often better than the freshly made dish.  The flavors have time to meld.

This is an easy dish, there is nothing complicated about any part of the process, but with all of the chopping it is a bit labor intensive.  The separate roasting of the eggplant and tomatoes makes it a long process.  I didn’t want to roast them at the same time.  But if you chop while things are cooking . . . . .

I will probably make it again.

What about you?  Does it sound good?  Which of the vegetables is your favorite? 

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