|Photo from Six Sisters' Stuff|
First up, the side dish -- the Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetables pictured above. We get lots of produce from friends, and this is an awesome way to use it. The picture above actually does not do this recipe justice. It is much more colorful than this. I don't usually add the cheese on top. This would be a great side with pizza or calzone, or with a quiche or even scrambled eggs. Of course it would also be a wonderful side with any grilled item. I like the fact that this recipe includes potatoes. I cube the potatoes because they take longer to cook, but cut veggies like zucchini and peppers in much larger chunks.
Oh -- this recipe calls for a salad dressing mix. I always make my own. Here's the recipe:
ZESTY ITALIAN DRESSING MIX
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. each: pepper, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, sweet red pepper flakes
Pinch of paprika
In a custard cup or small bowl, mix all together. Whirl briefly in a blender if you like a finer texture (I skip this step). Makes the equivalent of 1 packet Italian dressing mix. May double or triple the recipe if you need more than one packet of mix in whatever you’re making.
(I was a little disappointed in the lack of flavor the first time I made the veggie recipe, so recently I’ve been tripling this dressing mix recipe to use in it and it is much improved.)
This Tex-Mex Quinoa Casserole is a very flavorful meatless recipe.
|Photo from Chelsea's Messy Apron|
Lastly, one more recipe which I do not have a photo for. This is adapted from the Fix-and-Forget-It Lightly cookbook. It's a fantastic way to use up large amounts of zucchini.
VEGETABLE RICE CASSEROLE
1/2 cup uncooked rice (I used 1 cup of quick-cooking brown rice)
1 lb. zucchini, cubed
1 lb. yellow summer squash, cubed (or just use 2 lb. zucchini)
1 large onion, sliced
1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 medium sized sweet pepper, any color, sliced in strips
4 celery ribs with leaves, sliced (optional)
2 large tomatoes, sliced (or, use 1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 Tblsp. olive oil, divided use
Shredded cheese, optional
1. Spray slow cooker insert with cooking spray. Spread rice in the bottom of the insert.
2. Layer in the zucchini, summer squash, onion, and sprinkle with basil.
3. Combine the brown sugar, salt and pepper and sprinkle half of this over the basil. Drizzle 1 Tblsp. of olive oil over.
4. Top with sliced peppers, celery (if using) and tomatoes. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar mixture over this layer. Drizzle remaining olive oil over this layer.
5. Cover. Cook on High for 3 to 4 hours or until vegetables reach desired degree of doneness.
Stir casserole before serving and top with shredded cheese if you like. I serve this as a main dish so I like to add some shredded Mexican blend cheese to give it more protein. Pepperjack would probably be good, too.
Makes 6 servings.
Slow cooker meals will be great for those beautiful fall days, too, when you just want to work or play outside and come home to a nice supper all ready. Enjoy these!