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Zucchini Parmesan

Zucchini Parmesan

I’m seeing zucchini recipes everywhere lately. I love seeing how other people use them during this time of year when they’re coming out our ears. We’ve eaten enough zucchini this summer to make us green. Zucchini eggs. Zucchini muffins. Zucchini cake. Cheese stuffed zucchini. Chicken and cheese stuffed zucchini. Zucchini with pasta and chicken. Pasta primavera. Zucchini bake. Veggie lasagna. Ratatouille. Batter-dipped zucchini. Pan fried zucchini. Grilled zucchini. I’m sure we’ve eaten it other ways, too, but I can’t remember them all. I made up this recipe to use some of our glut of the fabulous vegetable after we tired … Read more

General Tso’s Stir Fry

Yesterday, there was a 30-second segment on Sesame Street in which the characters talked about tofu. Tofu? Grace asked me. What’s tofu? I explained that it’s a food that I really like. Can we have tofu for supper tonight? I agreed, and I told Grace that we’d have to pick some up on our way home. Unfortunately, we stayed at our friend’s house too long (oohing and aahing over some four-week-old puppies) and didn’t even walk into the grocery store until after 5. I needed a quick and easy supper solution. Featuring tofu. I grabbed a bag of pre-cut broccoli, … Read more

Muffin Tin Stir Fry

I say the same thing about Grace’s muffin tin meals week after week. Supper deconstructed. Blah, blah, blah. This time, it was supper deconstructed, but it was really leftovers served for lunch. I picked the parts out of the leftovers, put them in muffin cups, added some dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, and put the whole thing on a cake tray. I thought the cake tray with the flower-shaped muffin cups made the meal really pretty and coordinated. Clockwise, from the spoon: Yellow squash from the garden, cooked in our General Tso’s stir fry Baby carrots, cooked in the stir fry Dinosaur-shaped … Read more

Another Supper Saved by a Muffin Tin

Eating a muffin tin meal

We are having such a hard time convincing Grace to eat these days. It’s unreal. It’s not that she refuses to eat everything. She happily eats ice cream, blueberry cereal bars, oatmeal, and fruit. But if it looks like supper? Forget it. So… muffin tins have come to my rescue. Most recently, I have been deconstructing whatever pasta dish or casserole we’re having and putting the components into a muffin tin. She happily gobbles it up when I serve it that way, and it only takes a minute or two to pick everything apart and drop it into the wells. … Read more

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini

chicken and cheese stuffed zucchini

The last time we went to the beach, we came home to a dead garden. It had been quite hot during the week we were gone, and the plants simply baked. We wanted to keep our fledgling garden alive when we went to the beach this year, especially in light of the dozens of tomato and squash blossoms emerging in the days before we left.  It wasn’t an easy task, but Joe installed a sprinkler and a timer set for 6:30 am every day. It wasn’t easy because the water hook-up on the outside of the house leaks, and Joe … Read more

Crazy Cucumber Snake

Everybody likes to eat fun-looking foods, right? This Crazy Cucumber Snake was in Family Fun magazine this month, and I wanted to share it with you. Perfect for summer veggies from the garden, the snake is easy to put together. Would your kids eat a cucumber snake? Grace will, as long as she has something to dip the pieces in. Print Recipe Crazy Cucumber Snake Servings Ingredients cucumberBlack olivered pepperHummus or dip Servings Ingredients cucumberBlack olivered pepperHummus or dip Instructions Peel thin strips of the cucumber’s skin to make stripes on the outside. Cut the cucumber into half-rounds and arrange … Read more