Baked Parmesan Zucchini

IMG_2174Crisp, tender zucchini sticks oven-roasted to perfection. It’s healthy, nutritious and completely addictive!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise (as you can tell I cut the zucchini n slices)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with non-stick spray and place on a baking sheet; set aside.  (I put olive oil in a glass baking casserole, then added the breaded zucchini and mixed it all up with the olive oil, adding a little more olive oil on top.)
  2. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place zucchini onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan mixture. Place into oven and bake until tender, about 15 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Note:  These were soooo good that I at them all in one serving.  (I halved the recipe because I only had 2 zucchinis.

Adapted from Cooking Classy and iFOODreal.


 

Sausage Cheese Meatballs

I had bought some ground sausage but had no idea what I was going to make with it.  I figured that the meat would have a strong porky taste. So, I looked online and found this recipe and I’m glad I did.  I took the finished meatballs over to my sons house to have it taste tested.  It was approved.  As always, I make modifications to most recipes.  In this recipe I changed the dipping sauce from BBQ or chili sauce to a pasta sauce.  My daughter in law made some pasta and a salad to accompany the meatballs.

Sausage Cheese Balls

Sausage Cheese Balls

3 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
1 lb. uncooked bulk pork sausage
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
pasta sauce

Heat oven to 350ºF.

Spray a glass pyrex pan with non-stick spray.

In large bowl, stir together all ingredients except pasta sauce, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place in pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from pan.

Heat up some pasta sauce for dipping.

Source: www.BettyCrocker.com

Note:
Please note the original recipe called for warm BBQ sauce or chili sauce for dipping, if desired.

 

Avgolemono

My granddaughters have Cypriot heritage and Avgolemono is one of their favourite soups. This was my first attempt at making it for them. The soup was so well-liked that I am asked to make it again often.

avgolemono soup

Avgolemono soup gets its thick consistency from eggs; that are tempered by hot chicken broth and whisked in just before serving.

5 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken broth
1/2 cup orzo
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, (about 2 lemons)
1/2 cup fresh dill sprigs
Freshly ground pepper

Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add orzo; cook until al dente. Drain.

Add cooked orzo to chicken broth and bring broth just to a gentle simmer, and then reduce heat to low.

Beat together eggs and lemon juice in a medium bowl until smooth. Ladle 1 cup hot broth into egg-lemon mixture, whisking constantly until mixture is warm to the touch. Stir the egg-broth mixture into the broth in the pot. Stir in the dill, and season with pepper.

Makes 4 servings.

Notes:
After the eggs have been added, be sure not to let the soup come to a simmer or the eggs will curdle.

Source: Martha Stewart

As usual, I have made slight adaptations to the original recipe. The original recipe came from Martha Stewart and is called Greek Lemon Chicken Soup.