Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Summer Vegetable Tian

Summer seems to be coming to an end, Labor Day has since gone now and the weather seems to be cooling off just a bit. I'm a little sad, I sure hope we can enjoy some nice 80 and 70 degree weather for awhile. Although I am anxious to get baking with pumpkin and apples, I will miss the abundance of fresh summer vegetables and fruits.

We're only halfway through our weekly produce box, we got a late start due to all the rain in the spring time so that makes me happy. We can continue to enjoy these delicious veggies just a little while longer!

I always seem to have at least a few zucchini and yellow summer squash in my fridge at all times. While we have loved grilling them this summer, I thought it would be fun to try them a new way. Roasting the veggies in the oven with spices and a little cheese was a great change of pace and I loved how the veggies were still a little on the crunchy side. You can bake them longer for a softer texture.  The tomato flavor really came through, they were awesome.

My hubby, whom I've never thought to like any vegetables has really enjoyed eating zucchini and summer squash this summer. I'm so glad we signed up for this farm share, it's been such a great way for us to try new things and enjoy good, local produce.

Summer Vegetable Tian

1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 med-large zucchini
2 med yellow summer squash
1-2 tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil (or fresh, chopped if you have it)
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in onion and garlic, let cook for a good five minutes to let onion tender. Transfer to a lightly greased 8x8-inch baking dish and spread over bottom. Set aside. Meanwhile, slice vegetables. Place sliced veggies in pan, vertically, alternating. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and basil.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and let bake an additional 15 minutes.

Adapted from: Budget Bytes

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