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15 Unbelievably Good Zucchini Recipes

15 Unbelievable Zucchini Recipes sure to please everyone at your table!

Garden over run with Zucchini?  Don’t sweat it!  I’ve got 15 Unbelievably Delicious Zucchini Recipes sure to suit your fancy!

15 Unbelievable Zucchini Recipes sure to please everyone at your table!

Adding Zucchini To Your Recipes

Zucchini usually grows in abundance in your garden, no matter your gardening skills or experience.  One zucchini plant can often result in many many fruit, and when it comes to zucchini, a little goes a long way.  And it is so versatile!

Zucchini can be turned into noodles, sliced and baked in the oven with some of your favourite seasonings, quartered and stuffed, and shredded and added to your favourite cake / cookie / muffin recipes.  It keeps for a while in the fridge, and also freezed well – just shred it first!

Main Dish Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini Fritters – by Simply Recipes

Panda Express Zucchini Mushroom Chicken – by Dinner Then Dessert

Spaghetti with Zucchini and Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce – by Domesticate Me

Zucchini and Green Chile Breakfast  – by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini – by Handle the Heat

Zucchini and Beef Ragout – by Real Food Whole Life

Zucchini Pancakes – by Bless This Mess

Side Dish Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini Fries – by Our Best Bites

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds – by Five Heart Home

Grilled Zucchini with Parmessan – by Garnish With Lemon

Fried Zucchini with Chipotle Ranch Dip – by Home Cooking Memories

Zucchini Recipes for Dessert

Emergency Zucchini Cake – by Food Folks and Fun

Zucchini Brownies – by Crazy for Crust

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – by A Beautiful Mess

Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread – by Lil’ Luna

15 Unbelievable Zucchini Recipes sure to please everyone at your table!

 

 

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Maple Baked Beans

Baked Beans with Maple and Bacon A family tradition. Get this in the oven in the morning, let it cook all day, and anticipation will keep you going until supper!

Around this time of year, everyone is basking in the holidays of old, and reliving their family traditions, and making new ones.  However, I really do love to keep things simple, and if the day calls for frozen pizza, frozen pizza it is.  

That said, there are some traditions that we hold dear, and like most, there is food involved.

Maple Baked Beans A family tradition. Get this in the oven in the morning, let it cook all day, and anticipation will keep you going until supper!

My family is french Canadian, and so is a lot of my cooking.  Thank goodness!  So many amazing foods to be had! Think classic sugar pie, meat pie, and poutine just to name a few.  I’d love to share my meat pie recipe with you, but in truth it is my Mom’s and she’s holding it under her hat.  

Maple Baked Beans
A family tradition. Get this in the oven in the morning, let it cook all day, and anticipation will keep you going until supper!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb beans ( navy beans work best)
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1 tsp. dry mustard
  4. 2 tsp. pepper
  5. 2 cups maple syrup
  6. 1/3 lb bacon
  7. salt
Instructions
  1. Add beans to a large pot, cover with water, and soak overnight.
  2. Drain beans. Put them back in the pot, add fresh water, and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil 20 to 40 minutes. Test the beans, they will not get any softer, so boil them to the desired tenderness
  4. Drain beans again, place in roast pan.
  5. Mix in all remaining ingredients, except for the bacon
  6. Lay the strips of the bacon over the beans, cover with a lid, and roast in a 250 degree oven for 8 hrs.
Notes
  1. Water may be substituted for some of the maple syrup, but I recommend using as much maple syrup in the 2 cups of liquid as you can manage.
  2. Check the beans while roasting periodically. Give a little stir with a wooden spoon once in a while to check on the liquid. If the beans are getting dry, add a bit of water to prevent scorching and burning
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Baking Maple Beans A family tradition. Get this in the oven in the morning, let it cook all day, and anticipation will keep you going until supper!

These are the perfect way to top off a day playing in the snow, exploring the trails, and chopping wood.  Served with some simple biscuits, and finished with some gingerbread cookies for dessert, this traditional family recipe is easy to make, and enjoyed by all.

Baked Beans With Maple and Bacon A family tradition. Get this in the oven in the morning, let it cook all day, and anticipation will keep you going until supper!

 

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Better Than Mac and Cheese Cheese Sauce

Perfectly easy and healthy guilt free better than mac and cheese cheese sauce.

Do you happen to have any people in your home that insist on having mac and cheese, every meal, every day? 

Perfectly easy and healthy guilt free better than mac and cheese cheese sauce.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m totally not here to judge.  If you want to eat mac and cheese every day every meal, do it.  I am all for keeping the peace at the dinner table, and making concessions.

However, and here is the kicker, I do not like mac and cheese.  I am not a fan of the brand name variety, nor the other cheaper versions.  But my little ones are, and from what I can tell, they are not alone.

Moving Beyond the Mac and Cheese

I hear a lot of parents feeling guilty about caving into the mac and cheese.  I hear a lot of parents wishing their children liked other foods, healthier foods.  Well, they will.  They will learn to like new foods, other foods.  Healthier foods.  They just need more practice.  So put that guilt away, and keep being the amazing parents that you are.

Now, there are two things you can do to make this phase of life even more awesome.  First, embrace and celebrate the mac and cheese.  It is so fast and so easy to make, you get more time to do other stuff. Second, change it up a little.  Try homemade varieties. I know what you’re thinking…

Kids Can’t Be Fooled

That’s right.  I know.  I have tried baked mac and cheese, mac and cheese with a yummy crumbly topping.  Mac and cheese in the croc pot… with veggies.  Without.  Add some ground beef.  Nothing.  There is no winning over the mac and cheese crowds.  Until now.

Perfectly easy and healthy guilt free better than mac and cheese cheese sauce.

Homemade Better Than Mac and Cheese Cheese Sauce

That’s right. This Cheese Sauce served over pasta has quickly become even more popular than the mac and cheese we love to shun.  It’s super easy to make, and you can serve it over your favourite pasta.  A perfectly healthy and guilt free meal.

Homemade Cheese Sauce
Win over the mac and cheese crowds with this perfectly easy and healthy guilt free better than mac and cheese cheese sauce.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp. butter
  2. 1/4 cup flour
  3. 2 cups milk
  4. 2 cups shredded cheese
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy pot
  2. Whisk in the flour, a bit at a time, creating a paste
  3. Add the milk slowly, whisking the entire time
  4. Bring to a boil, whisking continually, to avoid scorching, and let boil atleast a minute. Reduce heat and continue to cook until thick
  5. 5. Add cheese, and stir until melted
  6. 6. Season with salt and pepper
Notes
  1. You can use your favourite cheese for this recipe. I have experimented quite a bit, and have found that either an old cheddar or Monterey jack gives the sauce a nice taste, without being too much for sensitive palates.
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Perfectly easy and healthy guilt free better than mac and cheese cheese sauce.

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Winter Pot Roast

Winter Pot Roast Main Dish Recipe for Perfectly Tender Comfort Food

This is good.  Capital G good. This was so good, in fact, I was eating it cold off of the serving plate there were hardly any leftovers.  This recipe for a Winter Pot Roast has been perfected over time, and is hands down one of the best comfort food recipes out there.

Winter Pot Roast Main Course Recipe for Perfect Comfort Food

Shreds Off with Your Fork Tender

I have been blessed in many ways.  One of the ways I am perhaps most keenly aware of, is that I grew up in a family that not only enjoyed eating meat, but knew how to cook it.  My Mom and Grandmother, the major sources of food for the majority of my young life, were both amazing cooks.  If you’ve ever had a burger that was charred beyond recognition, or steak that was cooked so well done that it was petrified, or a roast that was overdone so thoroughly you need a pint of gravy to make it palatable, you can totally appreciate the art of cooking meat so tender, that it pulls off the bone with your fork. 

I have also been ignorant.  I did not know that not everyone knew how to cook meat without ruining the texture, or the taste.  I assumed that everyone cooked like my Mother did.  I mean, didn’t you?  

 

A Few Tips and Pointers

I’m going to share my recipe for a perfectly tender Winter Pot Roast, but first I just want to tell you about a few tips to keep in mind when preparing a pot roast.

  1. Always cook meat to the specified internal temperature for safe consumption.  I found a handy chart for you here.
  2. Use the best cut of roast for pot roasting.  Pot roasting is best for less tender cuts, such as a Blade Roast, Cross Rib Roast,  Chuck Roast, Shoulder Pot Roast, Brisket or Plate Roasts. 
  3. When your roast is cooked to the specified internal temperature, slice it, place it on a serving plate or platter, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and place in a warm oven until ready to serve.  

Winter Pot Roast Main Dish Recipe for Perfectly Tender Comfort Food

Winter Pot Roast

Winter Pot Roast
A perfectly tender pot roast is the ultimate main course comfort food
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Ingredients
  1. 4 lb roast ( blade, cross rib, or shoulder pot roast, brisket or plate roast)
  2. 2 tsp salt
  3. 1/2 tsp pepper
  4. 1 tsp marjoram
  5. 1 tsp thyme
  6. 1/2 tsp oregano
  7. 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  8. 1 1/2 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. Mix salt, pepper, marjoram, thyme, oregano and crushed garlic, set aside.
  2. Lightly brown roast on all sides in a large dutch oven sized pot.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over the roast.
  4. Add broth to the pot, and cover.
  5. Cook on low to medium for approximately 3 1/2 hours
  6. When the roast is done, slice it, cover with aluminum foil and keep warm until ready to serve.
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Serve this delicious roast with Perfectly Mashed Potatoes, and a Green Bean Salad.

Winter Pot Roast Main Dish Recipe for Perfectly Tender Comfort Food

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The Perfect Chili Recipe

The Perfect Chili
 

 

& My Top Ten Harvest Recipes

I love sitting down to a bowl of chili in the middle of a brisk afternoon!  I also love eating the leftovers with nacho chips…
The perfect chili recipe made with fresh from the garden tomatoes, and just the right amount of chil.

 
Searching high and low for the perfect chili recipe?  Tempted to just throw some kidney beans into your spaghetti sauce?  STOP RIGHT THERE. 
This chili has just a smackerel of chil.  Not too spicy, but most definitely warm. 
The perfect chili recipe made with fresh from the garden tomatoes, and just the right amount of chil.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped.  Blanching them is the key here. 
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 litre tomato juice
  • 2 cans red kidney beans
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped
And since I am a huge advocate for using what you have on hand, substituting canned tomatoes ( one large can), and dried spices in place of the fresh is totally fine – so make that 1 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp. dried basil, and 2 tsp. dried oregano.
 The perfect chili recipe made with fresh from the garden tomatoes, and just the right amount of chil.

Directions

1. Lightly brown the ground beef in a hot cast iron pan.  Don’t cook it until it has no colour in it, you will be cooking it some more with the remaining ingredients.  When it is lightly browned, add it to a large pot or sauce pan.  I use a dutch oven sized stainless steel pot.
2. Peel and chop tomatoes, and add them to the pot with the ground beef.
3. Add the tomato juice, kidney beans, and dry spices if you’re using them, to the beef and tomatoes.
4. Finely chop the onion, garlic and the fresh spices if you’re using them, and add everything to the pot.
5. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer until you’re ready to serve.
 

Top Ten Harvest Recipes

What is a harvest recipe you may ask?  Well, anything that uses a significant amount of an ingredient that was harvested.  I have also chosen to include recipes for harvests of things that are fairly easy to grow, and also fairly common.  Such as pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans, and carrots.

Be sure to check out our Gardening page for all of your gardening needs.

Top 10 Harvest Recipes - fresh from the garden recipes from relatively easy and commonly grown vegetables.

 
 

 

Even More Top Ten Harvest & Thanksgiving ideas….

Top Ten Harvest & Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

 
Top 10 Turkey Crafts for Thanksgiving from Craftulate

Top 10 Simple to Make Harvest Crafts from Peakle Pie

Top 10 Things to do this Harvest from Witty Hoots

Top 10 Harvest Sensory Fun Activities from Adventures of Adam

Top 10 Thanksgiving Table Decoration Crafts from Play & Learn Everyday

Top 10 Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers from P is for Preschooler

Top 10 Thanksgiving Time Savers from Sunny Day Family

Top 10 Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas from Our Good Life

Top 10 Harvest Recipes from Nemcsok Farms

Top 10 Thanksgiving Printables for Preschoolers by Living Life and Learning

Top 10 Thankful Trees from Rhythms of Play

Top Ten Thanksgiving Sensory Activities from Crafty Kids at Home

Top 10 Corn Crafts for Kids from Artsy Momma

Top 10 Turkey Themed Fine Motor Activities from School Time Snippets

Top 10 Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers from Something 2 Other

Top 10 Harvest Sensory Bins from Study at Home Mama