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  • Zucchini Eggplant Casserole


    vegetable side dishesby Xiomara Meeks - Are you stuck in a rut?  While I'm a big fan of zucchini and eggplant, it has been a while since I've cooked either one at home.

    Zucchini seems easier to cook than eggplant to me.  Or at least, I've had better luck adding zucchini to an oriental inspired dish than cooking eggplant.  Although I prefer eggplant to zucchini, it just seems like such a big hassle sometimes.

    The other day I received this picture from a friend.  It made me realized I've been slacking on my vegetable eating. Sure, at home we eat avocados and tomatoes almost daily.  But this mixture of colorful veggies just made me want to try some new veggie recipes at home.

     

     Easy Zucchini Eggplant Casserole

    Who has time to prep, chop and bake?  I know we are all short on time these days.  At least that's how I feel when I get home after leaving the market and picking up the girls at daycare.  It's like entering my second job.  ;)  So, with that in mind, I promise this dish is quick, tasty and makes for great leftovers!  The beauty of this dish is that once is in the oven, you'll have time for other stuff.

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  • Roasted Beets for Easter

    We hope you had a great Easter weekend with your family and friends.  We gathered at Grandma Parke's house today to celebrate with the family.  One thing I always look forward to is Grandma Parke's decorations.  Her decorations are always great.  Every table had a centerpiece with some "Easter grass" in different colors with lambs, birds or eggs.  Too cute.

     

     

    Easter decorations Easter Centerpieces

    On Easter, everyone brings a dish to share.  This year, I brought roasted beets with yellow peppers and strawberry onions.  It's super easy and I love the color combination.  To make this dish,  just cut up the beets, yellow peppers and onions in cubes, then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.  Season with salt to taste, and broil in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.  I turn them half way through.  If you try the beets, and they taste like dirt, then they are not done.  Cook them for a bit longer until they taste sweet.  That's how you know they are done.  ;)

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    My plate consisted of ham, smoked pork (made by Matt), broccoli salad, squash casserole, broccoli casserole, and my roasted beet dish.  Can you tell I love veggies?

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    While everyone was eating, Piper decided the pool needed some cleaning.

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    And Hayden was ready to help!

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    Jordan brought a delicious strawberry pizza made with a shortbread cookie crust.  It was delicious.  After dessert, it was time for some Egg Hunting!033113_7 033113_8 033113_9 033113_10

     

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    Happy Easter from our family to yours!

  • Guest Post at Small Wallet Big Appetite

    I've met so many great people through the world of blogging.  Some real close and some like Laura, on the other side of the pond.  Today, I'm guest blogging at Small Wallet Big Appetite.  Laura is a busy wife and mother of one who has lived all around the world.  Follow the link to read today's post on Pattypan Squash.

    http://www.smallwalletbigappetite.com/2012/08/guest-post-grilled-pattypan-squash.html

    Thank you Laura for introducing me to your readers while you are on vacation!

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