Posts Tagged ‘Zucchini’

Roasted Zucchini, Onion and Walnut Spread

Home Made Cooking | Salads

Isn’t life amazing? And busy? And amazingly busy? Yeah, I’ve noticed.
The fact that I wasn’t posting for a while does not mean I stopped cooking (well maybe for a bit there) or eating (I wish). I WAS keeping it on the low side though, which means I preferred to snack on things than to have an actual full meal. That said, snacks do not have to be unhealthy you know.
On one of  my phone calls to my mom we were (as usual) talking about new recipes we tried lately. My mom was raving about this zucchini spread she made. She is trying to go easy on gluten and dairy and looking for substitutes to say cheese spread or mayo based salads and spreads.
I gave her recipe a try and it was a hit! Zucchinis, walnuts and onions, all mixed together, forget the nutritional values (oh they’re good), the taste was amazing. I made a whole bowl and it was gone the morning after. The kids couldn’t stop munching on this with crackers.
I made it again and again and the same enthusiasm every single time. I guess it’s really good then.
This one is vegetarian, nutritious, very easy to make and has almost no fat in it. The only thing you’ll need to make it (aside from the ingredients) is a food processor.

Vegetarian Spread - Roasted Zucchini onion and Walnuts

Roasted Zucchini, Onion and Walnut Spread
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Snack, Spread
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This delicious and nutritious spread is my new addiction. With Zucchinis, onions and walnuts, it will upgrade any cracker.
Ingredients
  • 4 Zucchinis
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 3 Handfuls Walnuts (about 1¾ cup)
  • 1 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  2. Slice the zucchinis into ½ inch thick rings and the onion into ½ inch half circles (cut each whole slice in 2) and place on a parchment paper layered baking sheet .
  3. Drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil on top of zucchinis and onions and place in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the veggies soften.
  4. Place the walnuts in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Let it soak for about 20 minutes (you can do this while the veggies roast). After 20 minutes drain and remove from water.
  5. In the food processor, place the roasted veggies, hard boiled eggs and walnuts and process until almost smooth.
  6. Add in the salt and 2 tsp olive oil and give it a quick process again. Process until even.
  7. If your spread is too chunky to your taste you can add 1 tsp olive oil or a bit of water to smooth it. It should be a tiny bit chunky, not completely smooth.

Vegetarian Spread - Roasted Zucchini onion and Walnuts

Vegetarian Spread - Roasted Zucchini onion and Walnuts

Isn’t life amazing? And busy? And amazingly busy? Yeah, I’ve noticed. The fact that I wasn’t posting for a while does not mean I stopped cooking (well maybe for a bit there) or eating (I wish). I WAS keeping it on the low side though, which means I preferred to snack on things than to […]

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Beautiful & Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Home Made Cooking

We were hosting for Passover this year. I love hosting, but you know what I love more? The feeling after everyone’s gone and enjoyed their time around the table.

Ever since we moved to Canada, we’ve been having our Passover Seder meals with friends. We used to have them with family and then it’s bigger and more food and obviously, less work.

To minimize work and make it fair, we ask everyone to bring something with them for the meal. So other than the food I made friends brought over Sheppard’s pie, broccoli quiche, salads, fish cakes, smoked salmon, seasoned chicken drumsticks, potatoes, wine and even dessert. The table was PACKED; we couldn’t see it under all the food that was served. And although I knew we are going to have a bunch of food (and leftovers) I wanted to make sure we have something purely vegetarian on the table that’s not potatoes.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you must know by now that my husband is vegetarian, so I needed to make sure that we have a festive vegetable dish on the table as well.

What’s better for inspiration than Pinterest? So I logged on and started looking at veggie dishes. When I stumbled upon this idea I couldn’t understand how I haven’t thought of it before.
So simple yet elegant, so colorful and delicious!

This veggie dish is my go-to for sure! Roasted on a mound of sautéed onion and garlic, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese (optional of course – still amazing without it as well) this is the veggies they serve in heaven for sure. Really folks, I’m not going over the top here…well maybe just a little bit. But these are super good. After you smell them you’ll be hooked, and that’s without even tasting it.

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Happily adapted from the wonderful “For The Love Of Cooking” blog

Beautiful & Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables
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Recipe type: Vegetables
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
This amazing side dish is not only easy and completely beautiful, it's also healthy. What a great way to impress your guests and friends with a side dish that requires minimum efforts. My favorite.
Ingredients
  • 1 Medium-Large Sweet Potato
  • 2 Zucchinis
  • 1½ Onion - Divided
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 2½ Tbsp Olive Oil – Divided
  • ½ Tbsp Dry Thyme
  • ½ Tbsp Dry Basil
  • ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese (Optional – for sprinkling on top)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
  2. Cut the sweet potato, zucchini & ½ Onion in half length-wise, and slice into ¼ inch slices and set aside.
  3. Slice the Roma tomatoes into ¼ inch thick slices and set aside
  4. In a pan, over medium high heat place 1 Tbsp olive oil. Chop the remaining 1 onion and sauté in the pan while stirring, until translucent.
  5. Add in the minced garlic and mix together for another 30 seconds (garlic burns fast) and remove from heat.
  6. Prepare a 9-9.5 inch Pyrex dish and place the sautéed onion and garlic on the bottom of the dish. Spread evenly.
  7. Start placing the sliced veggies in the dish on top of the sautéed onions. You can place the veggies in any pattern you want (I went with sweet potato, zucchini, tomato, onion and repeated the pattern all around the dish).
  8. Once you’re done setting up the veggies, sprinkle them with thyme and basil and them drizzle with the remaining 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil on top.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the preheated oven for 35 minutes.
  10. After 35 minutes, remove the foil (sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese if you’re using it for this recipe) and bake for another 20-25 minutes.

 

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

We were hosting for Passover this year. I love hosting, but you know what I love more? The feeling after everyone’s gone and enjoyed their time around the table. Ever since we moved to Canada, we’ve been having our Passover Seder meals with friends. We used to have them with family and then it’s bigger […]

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Amazingly Easy Maple Garlic Roasted Vegetables

Home Made Cooking

I found my youngest sitting in a laundry basket this week, as if it was the most comfortable thing in the world. She was reading something and commenting about it to herself. So I stand there (in the kitchen of course, where else?) and I hear her saying to herself “Reading Star – What? I don’t want to be a reading star, I want to be a STAR).

And to think that when I was her age all I wanted to do is play in the mud and build swords from sticks. Yeah, I wasn’t a real girlie girl 🙂 I always preferred to play with the boy, which turned out great as I grew up 🙂

And now just a bit of food talk – this next recipe is roasted vegetables, but adding maple and garlic just made them super good!

Isn’t it the easiest thing in the world? roasted vegetables that is. You just cut them, mix with their sauce, place in the oven and wait. And the more veggies the merrier your dish will look. And after 30-40 minutes you got your perfectly nutritious side dish. As easy as sitting in a laundry basket, isn’t it?

Maple Garlic Roasted Vegetables

Amazingly Easy Maple Garlic Roasted Vegetables
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Serves: 3-4 People
 
A great twist on plain roasted vegetables. Just add that touch of maple sweetness and the tangy garlic and you've got yourself a hit.
Ingredients
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes - Cut into large cubes
  • 2 Zucchinis - Cut into large pieces
  • ½ Butternut Squash - Cut into medium pieces (because it takes a bit longer to roast)
  • ½ Onion - cut into large pieces
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Kosher (coarse) Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C) and layer a baking sheet with parchment paper (you can also make these in a Pyrex oven proof glass dish).
  2. Place all the cut vegetables in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, olive oil and minced garlic until evenly mixed.
  4. Pour the maple mix on top of the vegetables and stir it using a wooden spoon until the vegetables are fully covered with the mix.
  5. Place the vegetables onto the baking sheet (or Pyrex) and sprinkle with some kosher (coarse) salt on top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until you test the veggies with a fork and they’ve reached your desired tenderness.

Maple Garlic Roasted Vegetables

Maple Garlic Roasted Vegetables

I found my youngest sitting in a laundry basket this week, as if it was the most comfortable thing in the world. She was reading something and commenting about it to herself. So I stand there (in the kitchen of course, where else?) and I hear her saying to herself “Reading Star – What? I […]

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Grilled Lemon Zucchini – I love my BBQ

Home Made Cooking

I want to start with an ode to my BBQ. Oh BBQ how I love thee, you make summer cooking so easy for me 🙂

And once again, I utilized the BBQ for dinner – I love how easy it is. I always try to make sure that the kids eat their veggies; either raw or cooked or in this instance – barbequed.

Just take a zucchini, make the marinade, then cover the zucchini slices and grill- As easy as that. You’ll get a wonderful vegetable with an even more wonderful flavor. You definitely want to bookmark this one.

 

Grilled Lemon Zucchinis

 

Grilled Lemon Zucchini - I love my BBQ
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ
 
Grilling in the summertime! Why go with meat and chicken when you can grill veggies? here's a super easy recipe for fresh lemony zucchinis
Ingredients
  • 3 Medium Sized Zucchinis (you can use large ones too)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ lemon – squeezed (you need the juice)
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional – 1 tsp Chopped Dill
Instructions
  1. Slice the Zucchinis length wise. Every slice needs to be about ½ cm thick (or ⅓ inch)
  2. Prepare the marinade: Mix all other ingredients well together until combined.
  3. Pour the marinade over the sliced zucchinis and make sure they are all covered in it.
  4. Place marinated zucchinis over a preheated BBQ wire rack; Heat over medium heat, covered, for about 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Zucchinis are ready when they are semi-soft.

 

Grilled Lemon Zucchinis

 

I want to start with an ode to my BBQ. Oh BBQ how I love thee, you make summer cooking so easy for me 🙂 And once again, I utilized the BBQ for dinner – I love how easy it is. I always try to make sure that the kids eat their veggies; either raw […]

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Colorful Cuscus with vegetable medley soup

Home Made Cooking

Yay! It’s the first day of spring! I love spring! Everything is coming back to life, the flowers, the animals; even the people on the streets seem more alive 🙂

Speaking of color, how about something colorful AND healthy for lunch/ dinner? Read More

Yay! It’s the first day of spring! I love spring! Everything is coming back to life, the flowers, the animals; even the people on the streets seem more alive 🙂 Speaking of color, how about something colorful AND healthy for lunch/ dinner?

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Veggie Balls with Sauce

Home Made Cooking

Sometimes just plain meat balls are boring. I wanted to make something healthy, tasty and vegetarian, so the whole family can enjoy it.
I opened the fridge, looked at what i had in it and came up with this great recipe for “Veggie Balls”. I then added the sauce that reminded an Indian sauce – that was really good! Read More

Sometimes just plain meat balls are boring. I wanted to make something healthy, tasty and vegetarian, so the whole family can enjoy it. I opened the fridge, looked at what i had in it and came up with this great recipe for “Veggie Balls”. I then added the sauce that reminded an Indian sauce – […]

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