Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Benefits of Summer!

I love summer. Love the heat, love the sunshine, love the long days. Everything about summer is right up my alley.

One of the best parts of summer for me is the fresh produce! Garden fresh at that. Zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Then you can top it off with a great side of fresh fruits. YAY.

Recently a sweet friend shared her over abundance with us. We were blessed with zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

So, tonight our ordinary chicken dinner was livened up with a beautiful stuffed zucchini! It was divine.

YUMMO! I made up a quick and easy recipe on the fly. You may have a favorite, time honored recipe and I would love it if you wanted to share it. But, this was an in the moment decision so this is what I did:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Cut Zucchini in half and cut out the middle of each section.
Take the Center meat of the Zucchini and cut into small cubes

In a large mixing bowl take the Zucchini and mix with the following:

1/2 tsp sweet basil
1/2 tsp of dill
1/2 clove of garlic minced
1/2 onion minced
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/4 c sharp cheddar shredded cheese
1/4 c Italian blend shredded cheese
2 tbsp Greek Yogurt

Mix well and place back into the center of the Zucchini then garnish with sliced cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the entire thing with salt & pepper and place in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until soft. This was a hit with everyone in our house.  Yes, I love summertime. 

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