Friday, July 26, 2013

Recipe for Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley

Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley
This simple recipe for Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley produces a delicious zucchini side dish.

(For Phase One Fridays I highlight Phase One recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and this recipe for Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley from 2007 is something I've made many times.  I think this recipe needs a photo make-over, but the flavors in this dish are outstanding.  This year I don't have any zucchini growing in my garden, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a few garden beds for next year at the new house.)

I'm always excited about my first zucchini of the year from the garden. If you know me and how I am about garden produce, you realize that before the day's over I'll have found a new recipe and cooked the zucchini. I'll make a serious attempt not to gush and moan too much when I describe how well this turned out, but it tasted fantastic, and I got to use some of the garlic from that big jar of garlic cloves too! If you have zucchini in your garden, or nice fresh zucchini from the Farmers Market, I highly recommend trying this.

This great recipe for zucchini came from Food to Live By, a wonderful new cookbook created by the owners of Earthbound Farms, the people who sell that beautiful organic baby arugula I love. I have a stack of fun cookbooks I've been looking through, and this one has lots of pages marked. It's a great book for summer cooking, especially if you have a garden of farmers market where you can get a lot of garden veggies.

Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley
(Makes two servings, can be doubled or tripled, recipe adapted slightly from Food to Live By.)

2-3 small zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices (if zucchini are large, cut in half or fourths lengthwise, then slice)
1 T olive oil
4-6 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
pinch sea salt
2 T chopped flat parsley
2 T grated Parmesan
1/4 cup grated mozzarella

With stove set to medium, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan with a lid. Add sliced garlic and saute about 1 minute, until you start to smell garlic. Add squash and stir to coat with oil, then cover and cook 4 minutes, stirring once or twice. After 4 minutes, check to see if there is a lot of liquid and whether squash is tender. Cook 1-2 more minutes, uncovered until zucchini is tender-crisp and liquid is evaporated.

Sprinkle squash with salt and chopped parsley and stir to wilt parsley. Add Parmesan and stir until it melts, about 1 minute. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the squash, cover pan again and turn off the heat. Let sit 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted and serve hot.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This would make a great side dish for any phase of the South Beach diet, but it's probably best for a "once-in-a-while treat" due to the amount of cheese.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Tasty Zucchini Side Dish Recipes You Might Like:
Feta Stuffed Zucchini ~ A Veggie Venture
Grilled Zucchini~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Zucchini Fritters ~ Simply Recipes
"Creamed" Zucchini ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Zucchini Stuffed with Pine Nuts and Herbed Basmati Rice ~ Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

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  1. This sounds lovely Kalyn. Zucchini and mozarella AND 6 cloves of garlic - I'm there! I guess I'm just common.

  2. That sounds great! Always need new ways with zucchini! When they start we eat them 5 days out of 7!
    I'm with Tanna - garlic and cheese...perfect!

  3. Good timing -- the zucchini was everywhere at our farmers' market yesterday. I'm always looking for great new recipes.

  4. That sounds like a great way to serve zucchini! I will definitely try that, I think it will go down well in our house!

  5. Tanna, Katie, Lydia and Holler, this was sooooo good. I was really surprised because I never particularly liked sauteed zucchini before, except for my mom's way of fixing "creamed" zucchini. To me sauteed zucchini was always kind of flavorless, but this tasted fantastic. It's going to be a regular around here, I can already tell that.

  6. Print, print, print faster!

  7. Happy summer!

    Your blueberry header is mouthwatering. And what's not to love about fresh zucchini and garlic and herbs? Gorgeous.

    The cookbook looks lovely, too. I'll keep an eye out for it.



  8. Wow - the picture is absolutely gorgeous! And who doesn't love zucchini?

  9. Dare I say that these are some decadent vegetable.

  10. I like zucchini. Your recipe sounds great!

  11. zucchini, garlic and mozzarella... there's no way that combo can't be a winner :D have bookmarked to try! :)

  12. Looks good! I don't have a garden..sad, but I bought some zucchini at the farmer's market on Sat. I will have to try this out!

  13. Alanna, glad you liked it.

    Karina, it's the talented Rand who made the blueberry header. Isn't he the best.

    Fiber, thanks! I made a little place in my house where I can (sometimes) take photos with natural light and I'm having fun experimenting with it.

    Kelly, they did taste decadent!

    Astrid and Sarina, do try it. I loved the way the garlic flavored the zucchini.

    Maria, won't be long now and I'll give you all the zucchini you could ever want! (Other veggies too.)

  14. Yes, I liked it for sure! I even posted it, though with a new-sy name, ha ha!!

  15. This is the best zucchini dish EVER! I made it last week on a whim because I had a couple of pounds of zucchini sitting around (which is hard to eat when you're by yourself) ... I adjusted the recipe for just one person, of course.

    It was fantastic! I always feel like I should eat more zucchini (outside of the classic zucchini bread) and now I will! Everyone should try this -- it is so easy and delicious you won't believe it.

  16. Alanna, loved your new name, and glad you liked it. Now I can say this dish has been approved by the vegetable egangelist!

    Kit, that was just how I felt when I ate it. It was so amazingly good.

  17. Delicious! Actually, this was my first time trying zucchini. Ate half of this for lunch, and the other half for dinner over a little bit of couscous. I'll defiantly check out some more of youe zucchini recipes.

  18. Jenny, glad you liked it. I loved this recipe too, need to make it again soon!

  19. I came across this beautiful blog when googling for something interesting to do with the abundance of zucchini in my garden! This recipe is wonderful, I swapped the parsley for basil since I had fresh in my garden...I a ma vegetarian so this is a nice lunch for me too!

  20. Ricky, thanks! Isn't this a great recipe and I think it sounds wonderful with basil!

  21. As usual...yum!!! Had to make it as soon as I saw it with some fresh zucchini I got yesterday at the Farmers' Market. I wish I had a neighbor...even posted on my Facebook page that it was Sneak Some Zucchini on your neighbors' porch day...and still nothing! Ha! Thanks again for some wonderful healthy ideas. Can't wait to try the zucchini with meat sauce.

  22. Linda, glad you liked it. I'm chuckling about the Facebook posting; hope someone will bring you some zucchini!

  23. I have tons of zucchini! I'm making this tonight!

  24. Becca, hope you enjoy; I love this recipe.

  25. This looks like the perfect way to use summertime zucchini!

  26. Thanks Kiersten! It really is so easy and good.


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