roasted Italian zucchini

Seasonal vegetables are in full abundance this time of year and will continue through the summer. I wanted to share a delicious zucchini recipe that I just made for some guests.

Roasted Italian Zucchini

Zucchinis are plentiful in the spring and through the summer. There are so many wonderful and tasty options – grilled, baked, sautéed or raw with a veggie dip!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course First Course to Meal, Hors d'oeuvres/Appetizers, Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine All American
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 nice size Organic Zucchini Washed and sliced lengthwise, about 3 slices per squash.
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup mozzarella cheese Shredded. If you do not eat dairy, use an alternative such as Daiya or Follow Your Healthy Heart
  • 6 oz can Organic Tomato Paste Alternatively, you can use tomato sauce.
  • 5-6 pieces Organic fire roasted red peppers 5-6 pieces sliced lengthwise. I buy and use Del-Destino brand of red peppers.
  • garlic Chopped
  • Basil Fresh or Crushed
  • Oregano Crushed
  • Himalyan Pink Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • extra-virgin olive oil Non-stick Spray
  • Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375. Prepare a lipped cooking pan with parchment paper. Spray with olive oil non-stick spray.
  • Wash and clean zucchini and slice lengthwise. With a knife, lightly score width-wise across the zucchini, as this enhances cooking and helps toppings absorb! Layer on pan.
  • Spread tomato paste on the zucchini.
  • Layer red peppers on top of tomato paste, add basil, oregano, garlic and any other seasoning you may wish to add. I love Everything But the Bagel seasoning. It works great on these!
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella on top.
  • Cook on bake/roast setting on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Then move to the top rack on high broil for 5 min or so until the cheese is lightly browned. Watch carefully so they do not get too crispy!

Notes

Melissa's Notes:
This is an easy and delicious recipe that can be used as a side dish, as I did with homemade spaghetti sauce and angel hair pasta. Add a piece of grilled fish or chicken along with a salad and you have a very healthy meal.
 
Nutritional Value per serving: Calories 129, Protein 5.5g, Carbs 19g, Fiber 4.5g, Fat 3g.
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