Monday, September 15, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #79

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Stuffed Zucchini

This stuffed zucchini, topped with sauce and ooey gooey cheese will make you think you are dining in an amazing Italian restaurant.

Hun... What's for Dinner?- Ooey Gooey Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini

I LOVE zucchini. I may be the only one in this family. Hubby isn't a big veggie eater, unless it's covered in cheese or dressing, and the kids well they think they don't like certain veggies (even though I sneak many of them into some of the foods I make). So, when we visited the farmers market the other week, and I was able to get a bunch of zucchini for $3, I was so excited. I LOVE zucchini. I love it sauteed with garlic and Parmesan, I love it in zucchini bread, I love it in pasta sauce, lasagna and in soups. This time, I decided I wanted to stuff it, top it with sauce and ooey gooey cheese.

I had made something similar to this, when we were visiting my Mother in Law, this past summer. She is like me and loves veggies. We had part of a huge zucchini to use up, so she suggested making stuffed zucchini. We enjoyed it so much, I knew I wanted to recreate it here, at home, to share on my blog. The smell of this zucchini baking was intoxicating. It smelled like lasagna, or a nice cheesy pasta, baking. The taste was very reminiscent of lasagna as well. Mr B surprised me, and actually ate some, saying it tasted like a yummy meatless lasagna. This is a delicious way to use up the last of that summer bounty of zucchini.

Hun... What's for Dinner?- Ooey Gooey Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs butter
3 medium zucchini
4 button mushrooms
1 small onion
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 C garlic croutons, crushed
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
salt & pepper
1 C marinara sauce
1 1/2 C shredded marble cheddar, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut zucchini in half and using a spoon, scrape out the insides; leaving a 1/4 inch border of flesh. Roughly chop the flesh which has been scooped out. Place zucchini shells in a baking dish and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet, heat the oil, over medium heat. Melt in the butter and once it begins to sizzle, add in the onion and mushrooms. Once the onions become translucent, add in the garlic and cook until it become fragrant; about 1 minute. Add in the zucchini flesh and season with oregano, basil, a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until zucchini pulp begins to soften; about 2 minutes.

Place zucchini mixture into a bowl and let cool 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 C cheese and crushed croutons; until well combined. Scoop mixture into zucchini shells and top each with equal amounts of marinara sauce and cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until zucchini shells are tender. Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

What's for Eats? Sunday Sept 14, 2014

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!

What's for Eats this week at Hun... What's for Dinner?
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Happy Sunday! What a week! The kids are settling well at school and I am trying to get used to my new routine without the kids everyday. It has given me the time to work a little more on the social media aspect of my blog and I feel less guilty, because I don't have to be on the computer, when they are home as much. We've also been trying to get everything organized at school, with the parent council. As the lunch program and milk program coordinator, I've been brain storming new hot lunch options we can offer the kids, during the school year. It is a bit daunting, since we have so many children with severe peanut allergies in our school, which means I have to research and ensure that these options are peanut free and produced in peanut free facilities. Our first meeting is Monday, so I hope we can come up with a few ideas. 

Our week should be fairly quiet, save for Monday, since I have to be out of the house shortly after 5pm. I didn't really stick to the meal plan last week, so I am bringing over a few things this week, Here's what I have planned for the week.

  • Salmon Stroganoff (new recipe) with Cesar Salad
  • Spanish Potato and Green Olive Soup (new recipe) with homemade Italian Bread
  • Pork Roast with Roast Root Vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, parsnips and carrots)
  • Leftovers
  • Porcupine Meatballs (in the crock pot) with rice and green beans
  • Homemade Stromboli (new recipe) with a tossed salad
  • Leftovers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Homemade Ranch Shake 'n Bake

Crushed rice cereal, ranch dressing powder and spices are combined to make a homemade version of Shake 'n Bake.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Homemade Shake 'n Bake- make an old classic at home!

Growing up, my Mom would always jazz up our chicken drumsticks, or pork chops by coating them with crushed cereal. Sometimes she would use Rice Krispies, other times it would be Corn Flakes. No matter what kind she used, our the chicken, or pork she served always had a wonderful crispy crust. That was her version of Shake 'n Bake, since my Dad isn't big on spices. One of my favourites, still to this day, is when Mom makes Partridge Fingers. I just love the crispy, slightly sweet breading.

My kids are crazy about chicken drumsticks, so I buy them often. The are less expensive than the breast, so I am glad my kids love dark meat cuts of chicken. I usually just roast them in the oven with some potatoes, but this time I was in the mood for a crispy breaded crust. I never buy Shake 'n Bake, so I thought I would make my own, just like Mom use to do. 

When we were visiting my Mother in Law, this past summer, she had made pork steaks, using a ranch flavoured Shake 'n Bake. Since I had part of an opened packet of ranch dressing powder, I decided to use it in my crushed cereal. I added a few more spices and the breading smelled fabulous. Mr B was the first to taste the chicken at dinner that night, and raved about how delicious it was. Even Queenie, my super picky eater, LOVED this chicken. She usually turns her nose up at anything new Mommy tries to make. The breading was slightly sweet, tangy and full of awesome ranch flavours. The chicken was super tender, with wonderful crispy skin. I can not wait to try this breading with pork chops next!

Hun... What's for Dinner? Homemade Shake 'n Bake- make an old classic at home!

Homemade Ranch Shake 'n Bake
makes two batches

Hun... What's for Dinner? Homemade Shake 'n Bake- make an old classic at home!2 C rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
2 Tbs ranch dressing powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 C butter, melted
6-8 chicken drumsticks 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.

Place rice cereal in a large zip top bag, close securely and crush to fine crumbs, using a rolling pin. Add in the ranch dressing powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper; shaking to combine. Pour half the mixture into a shallow dish. Save remaining mixture for another meal.

Take a chicken drumstick and dip it into the melted butter. Coat drumstick with cereal mixture, until generously coated, and place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken drumsticks. Drizzle any remaining butter onto the chicken before baking. Discard any remaining breading used to coat the chicken.

Bake chicken drumsticks, for 25-30 minutes; until the internal temperature reads 168 degrees F. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.\

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