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Roasted Summery Vegetables March 29, 2013

Filed under: Fruits and Vegetables — alittlemoreofeach @ 10:37 pm
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I made this constantly one semester during graduate school. It would be wonderful with warmed goat cheese on crostini.



1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped into 1-inch pieces

1-2 yellow squash, sliced into circles, then halved

1-2 leeks, rinsed and sliced (white and light green parts only)

4 oz mushrooms, halved

1 Tbl olive oil

2-3 Tbl balsamic vinegar

1 Tbl Italian Seasonings (herb mixture: oregano, thyme, basil, etc.)

salt and pepper



Toss in a casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Toss again and bake for another ten minutes or so. All quanities can be altered according to taste.


Other variation:  add fresh halved tomatoes and cilantro with a little cumin sprinkled on top. Omit the Italian Seasonings.


Squash Casserole

Filed under: Fruits and Vegetables — alittlemoreofeach @ 10:35 pm
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From “Paula Deen & Friends Cookbook.” Serves eight.


This side dish was served with the grilled pork tenderloins for Nana Betty’s birthday in 2005.



6 medium summer squash
1 small onion, chopped
1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup mayonnaise
10 soda crackers, crumbled

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 Tbl butter, melted

salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch square dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. Cut the squash into ¼-inch slices. Place the squash and onion in about 2 inches of salted water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the squash is very tender, about 10 – 12 minutes. Drain the squash. In the same pot, mash the squash and onion with a fork; you should have about 2 cups of cooked squash. Add ½ cup of the cheese, the mayonnaise, and the crumbled soda crackers. Stir in the egg and butter. Taste; add salt and pepper as needed. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbly.


Yellow Squash Soup March 27, 2013

Filed under: Soups and Salads — alittlemoreofeach @ 8:16 pm
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Adapted from “Weight Watcher’s” recipe. Serves four.

This is cheap, quick, and healthy. Oh, and it’s really tasty!  I didn’t puree the soup however, as I like my soups with a little more substance to them, and I recommend this recipe that way.


1 Tbl butter

1 ½ lbs fresh yellow squash, sliced and quartered

1 cup Vidalia onion, chopped or a few shallots, diced

1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth

½ cup milk

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh thyme

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 Tbl freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat; add squash and onion. Cover and cook 13 minutes or until vegetables are very tender. Transfer squash mixture to a food processor; puree until smooth. Return squash mixture to saucepan. Stir in broth and next four ingredients; cook, uncovered, over low heat until thoroughly heated. Serve one cup of soup with fresh Parmesan sprinkled on top.