Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Got Zucchini?

Okay, well I'm sure you've guessed what todays recipe will have in it, but let me first catch some of you up on what's been up around here.....

First - My little bunny didn't make it. We did what we could but just couldn't replace mom. (Don't know why I thought I could....I know no one could possibly replace mine!) And in addition to that, a day or so after we got the first one my daughters boyfriend brought another over that was injured. Apparently his dog had gotten to it and it had a tooth puncture wound in it's belly. We cleaned it, and fed him but the wound kept bleeding., After the first one died I knew this other one would never make it so we took it way out back and let it go and let mother nature take her course. I am looking into getting Brit a domestic pet bunny. She has wanted one for a long time, and we live out in the country so I figure what the heck?.....(I wonder who will end up taking care of it???)

My son, Zach, got into an accident the other evening. one was hurt. In his defense, it was not his fault. He is a very good driver and I'm afraid that I may not even had handled the situation as well as he did. He was on his way home from having an early B-day dinner with his friends (his B-day was 8/8....17 yrs old!). He was driving down one of the back dirt roads, almost home, when another car came around the s-turn in the middle of the road with their headlights OFF!! What IDIOTS! This was about 10:30 at night. Zach saw them at the last second and swerved to miss them and did, by only inches, from what I understand from others in the car. But he ended up hitting an embankment which did minimal front end damage but the rear swung around and hit and this apparently bent the axle. So he and his dad have spent the last two days replacing that. But the truck is up and running again at not too large of an expense. Thank goodness!

I spent the better part of last evening dicing more zucchini, peppers, onions, and celery. Made enough for two different relish recipes. Was up till 1 a.m. doing that. Spent today canning then made dinner. Wheww....what a day. As much as I enjoy it all, it is very tiring.

So, for those of you over-run with zucchini....this is a great recipe idea. Lasagna a' la Zucchini. It was actually very good. On a 4 fork scale I would give it 3 forks. It takes a really awesome meal for me to give it 4 forks! But this was good and well worth trying. Although it is a meatless dish, no one here even noticed.

Lasagna a'la Zucchini

8 (2-inch-wide) uncooked lasagna noodles
3 medium zucchini, cut into thin slices
1 can (16 oz.) Italian -style sliced stewed tomatoes, drained
1/4 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced thin
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 container (16 oz) small curd cottage cheese*
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 c. (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions until tender but still firm. Drain, set aside.
3. Combine zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat 5 - 7 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Stir in tomato paste; remove from heat.
4. Combine cottage cheese, eggs and Parmesan cheese in medium bowl, stir until well blended.
5. Place 4 noodles on bottom of greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Pour 1/2 of egg mixture evenly over noodles. Cover egg mixture with 1/2 of tomato mixture, sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients, ending with 1/2 cup mozzarella.
6. Bake covered 30 minutes. Uncover, bake 10 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
makes 8 - 10 servings
*note - I used part-skim ricotta cheese


durn_yankee said...

Thank goodness Zach was O.K. One good thing, he learned a bit about fixing cars. Tonight I,m making an Eggplant lasagna. My neighbor gave me an eggplant from his garden. No noodles in this dish tho. One of Dad's favorites.

durn_yankee said...

correction I'm