Summer Vegetable Medley

Medley seemed like a happy way to describe my absolute favorite side dish to make in the summer time with some of the yummy garden veggies that are season right now: zucchini, summer squash and tomatoes.

Let’s be clear, I don’t grow these veggies, because my thumb is not even close to green. I am happy to support my local farmers! 🙂

I’ve been making this for years…and it’s always a hit! Even the kids like it – I think the cheese helps. Because seriously…everything tastes better with cheese!

I always make enough to enjoy the leftovers for a couple of days.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium yellow squash
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (more or less to taste)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 t. basil (fresh is great too!)
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ – 2 cups chopped tomatoes (garden fresh are BEST!)
  • 1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)

 

Directions

  1. Precook your rice and set aside 2 cups. (I use my Instant Pot for perfectly cooked brown rice SO much faster than the stove!)
  2. Preheat oven to 375° and spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, squash onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes or until tender.
  4. Season with basil, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper.
  5. Mix in the cooked rice, chopped tomatoes and 1 cup of the cheese. Continue to cook until heated through.
  6. Transfer to the baking dish and top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Remove from the oven and dig in!

 

FIX container equivalents: 1 green, 1 yellow, 1/2 t., 1 blue

 

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Skinny Mexican Summer Squash Casserole

Some of my best recipes come from a last minute scan of my kitchen to find some ingredients that might come together and make something edible! Last night was one of those occasions. I had originally planned something entirely different, but had to change plans last minute. I had 1 hour to plan and prepare a meal the whole family would eat (or at least most of them!). 😉

I recently acquired LOTS of summer squash from our farm share, and I was hoping to incorporate at least a couple of them! That was my starting point. Anything “Mexican” is always a big hit at my house, so that was next. Next came some protein, and flavorful additions and boom! This was really very simple to make, and it came together quite quickly. OH! And it’s 21 Day Fix friendly! So there you go!

And here YOU go!

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Mexican Summer Squash Casserole

  • 1-1.25 pounds of lean ground turkey
  • 2-3 medium summer squash (sliced) – I used yellow squash and zucchini
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1/2 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1/4 t. chipotle chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack (whatever variety you like)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a 9×13 inch pan and set aside. In a large skillet, add olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until translucent. Add the ground turkey and cook until brown and done. (Drain if necessary) Remove from pan and set aside. Add squash, beans, and tomatoes, and cook over medium-low for about 5-6 minutes until the squash is just tender. Put meat back into the pan and add the chili power, cumin, paprika, oregano, chipotle chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir everything together over low heat until incorporated and heated through. Pour into the 9×13 inch pan and top with shredded cheese. Bake for approximately 15 minutes – until cheese is bubbly. Let cool for another 15 minutes before cutting into it.

Serves 8: 208 calories/21 g. protein/13 g. carb/4 g. fat – per serving

This recipe is IDEAL for 21 Day Fixers! (See container equivalents in the picture above.)

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