Face it. Most “healthy” meals are not “I crave” delicious. And none of “you get used to it after a while and you’ve adapted to a healthier lifestyle” shit. One never “craves” kale, carrot juice, squash, potatoes without butter, omelets without cheese, life without bread, pancakes without bacon, a DIET, and I could go on.
Recently at my casa, we have
failed attempted to start eating healthier, and one of the veggie meals I made for dinner the other night, while visually pleasing, and wonderful to whip up for: the inlaws, “meeting of the parents,” grandparents, someone trying to watch their weight….it isn’t anything anyone will ever ask for on death row, their birthday, etc.
Here is the original inspiration picture I “re-pinned” on Pinterest and decided to recreate:
AND my version with a few tweaks:
- PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees
- 1 green zucchini
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 red potato
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 tablespoon of EVOO
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- dash of salt & pepper to season
Note to reader: We aren’t fans of tomatoes so they were omitted. However, the juiciness that comes from those little red sun lovers, was definitely missing in “our vegetable medley”. If made again (probably not), I would add a little butter to the bottom of glass cookware (for flavor) and instead of parmesan, I would opt for mozzarella. The parmesan did not bake as prettily (as I think mozzarella would) or as the cheese in the PINTEREST picture, and was on the slightly crispy side! Lastly, as there are only two of us in la casa…I only used 1 vegetable each, and we had leftovers (which went in the trash), that could have fed another 3 guests. I would suggest adding 1 of each vegetable for 5 or more individuals.
1. Gather all ingredients. Slice & Chop
2. In a bowl, take your salt, pepper, rosemary, and 1/2 of garlic measured- tossing your vegetables with EVOO so as to be coated evenly. Next take sliced zucchini, squash, and red potato along with your chosen cookware. Alternate slices to make for a splendid photo opportunity, to trick the children into thinking its going to be the best vegetable dish they’ll ever eat, or show the in-laws that you really are the ideal American Mrs.
3. Sprinkle remainder of garlic, all of onions and cheese (of choice) on top of sliced produce. Bake at 350, covered, for 20-40 minutes (this depends on your oven temps)
Lastly, IF YOU TRY IT, I am open to suggestions on making this dish more flavorful. Like I mentioned above, we are trying to eat healthier on a daily basis 🙂