Friday, September 13, 2013

Turkey and Zucchini Hotdish

I had turkey, and I had zucchini. I had to come up with something without going to the grocery store because I had already had a long day and didn't need cranky grocery store people to add to it. Challenge accepted.

This turned out delicious and MUCH easier than I ever anticipated. Also, we had lots of leftovers for work meals that froze easily and re-heated perfectly. Bonus? It is a BEAUTIFUL dish for fall.

You will need:

1lb ground turkey or beef, browned
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 large zucchini
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
1.5 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1 lb cooked pasta (I used penne and spiral because I had partial boxes of both.)

Preheat oven to 350*

Cook and drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Strain about HALF of the juice out of the can of tomatoes and dump the remainder into the bowl with the pasta. This will add moisture which you may need for cooking.

I peeled the zucchini and cubed it. You can make smaller if you wish. I wanted to keep a little crunch and not let it moosh so I left them bigger.

Add browned meat and cheeses and stir all ingredients together.

Place in a 9x13 baking dish and  bake for 30-45 minutes or until zucchini is cooked. Serve and ENJOY!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fried Zucchini

This recipe is easy and almost TOO delicious. I'm not kidding, it's one of my favorite appetizers.

For Fried Zucchini, you will need:

1 large zucchini
2 cups canola oil
1 large egg white
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 cup ranch for dipping

Slice zucchini into fries (optional: peel skin off) and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk egg white into a froth and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, garlic, onion powder, paprika, and seasoned salt.

Heat oil till a small chunk of breadcrumbs sizzles when dropped in. While that is heating up, dip zucchini fry into egg wash until coated. Cover in crumbs and if you want them extra crispy, do the egg wash and crumbs again. When oil is heated, drop coated zucchini in and let fry until golden.

Remove from oil with tongs and place on a paper towel covered plate to get rid of the excess oil. Serve with ranch for dipping.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I Pray

As I was watching Kylie sleep in my rear-view mirror, her pacifier fell out. I was about to reach back and help her get it back because I didn't want her to wake up from her obviously wonderful nap but before I did, she (with her eyes closed) found it and returned it to her mouth. I realized that my kid doesn't always need me.

This was hard.

It's hard to realize that you created this little person who, in your eyes, will always be your baby. Someone who, since day one, has not only wanted you, but she's needed you. This little child is not going to be a child forever. She is going to start to do things on her own. She'll walk. She'll run. She'll be able to put her hair into a little pony tail all by herself. She'll be a big girl and there's really no stopping it. But would you want to?

It's difficult as a mom to really understand what this means. Their happiness and growth is only in our control for so long. After we're no longer in control, we are simply a support system. A support system that will be there for our babies forever and ever because we love them so fiercely. So unconditionally.

I guess what I'm saying is that while all this growing up is happening, all you can do is pray that they dream happy dreams, smile their biggest smiles, and live wonderful lives. 

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