Ha! I’ll bet you think I have a garden full of zucchini that I can’t get rid of. You would be sadly mistaken.
I live in Clearview, Washington, a suburb of Seattle - farm country to most Seattleites. Today Seattle is living up to it’s reputation for rain, and while we haven’t had a horribly rainy summer, it’s been cloudy and cold. Not the best for producing an abundance of luscious fruits and vegetables.
Keep in mind, I’m living in a new house, so I’m still learning the landscape. Other Seattleites could be having a different experience, but I’m not holding out hope. Reports from family and friends confirm my suspicions.
So, as I said in the title of this blog post, I don’t have zucchini coming out my ears, and that’s why I’m going to make the most of it. No zucchini bread, but zucchini baked in a savory spaghetti sauce with a crusty, cheesy topping.
Italian Zucchini Bake
2 medium zucchini, sliced on a diagonally 1/4″ thick
1 small leek, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
⅔ cup sugar free spaghetti sauce
½ cup panko bread crumbs
¼ cup parsley
¼ cup low fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a large non-stick skillet with olive oil cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic and saute for 3 – 4 minutes to soften. Add zucchini, pushing leeks to the outside of the pan so they don’t burn, and cook another 8 – 10 minutes to brown on each side and cook until crisp tender.
3. Spread 1/3 cup spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a small baking dish. Layer 1/2 of the zucchini and some of the leeks. Spread with remaining spaghetti sauce and leeks.
4. Combine panko, parsley and mozzarella cheese and spread over zucchini.
5. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until bread crumbs brown and zucchini is tender when pierced with a fork.
Light and healthy cooking tip . . . If you have the funds, invest in a set of good non-stick pans. My brand of choice is Calphalon Unison. I saw them demonstrated at Williams-Sonoma and had to have a set. I can use very little added fat to saute foods to perfection, and cleanup is a breeze.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Zucchini squash is high in vitamin C, manganese and magnesium. Zucchini is helpful for prostate health. It’s also good for cardiovascular health.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 2.41g
Total Carbs: 19.80g
Dietary Fiber: 2.23g
Weight Watchers Points 2
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