It may sound funny, but blogging has helped improve my eating habits! When I link up my blog posts, I visit others who have also linked up, allowing me to find great healthy recipes like this one for Summer Veggie Slices from W.O.W. (Warm Over Wednesday). Not only does it taste great, it also looks great, making it an ideal side dish on those nights when you have guests for dinner. Best of all, it's easy!
- Olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic or 1 teaspoon minced
- 1 medium onion
- 1 medium yellow squash
- 1 medium zucchini squash
- 1 large tomato
- 1 medium potato
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 4 slices muenster or provolone cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
The only drawback I found with this recipe is that it took forever for the potatoes to get tender. Total baking time was suggested to be 45-50 minutes. Mine was in for 1 1/2 hours and the potatoes still weren't as tender as I liked, although the original baking time was fine for the other veggies. I spoke with a few other people who had tried this dish and they had the same problem.
My (untried) solution is to put the potatoes in the oven first, while you're preparing the other veggies, to give them a head start.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Spray an 8x8 baking pan with olive oil or cooking spray
Thinly slice the potato. Layer it flat in the baking pan and place in the warming oven.
Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic if you're using cloves. Spray a skillet with olive oil and saute the garlic and onions about 5 minutes, or until softened.
Thinly slice the remaining vegetables. Remove pan with potatoes from the oven and temporarily place the potatoes on a cutting board or in a bowl.
Once again spray the pan with olive oil, then spread the tender garlic and onion across the bottom of the pan. Place the vegetable slices, including the potatoes, in the pan vertically in an alternating pattern. (Since my tomato slices were so much larger than the others, I used 1/2 or 1/4 slice instead.)
(I thought it would be a good idea to place my extra veggies around the edge of the pan. It wasn't. The veggies at the end of the stacks were fine, but those I tucked along the other two sides came out inedible and seemingly permanently adhered to the glass.)
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme.
Cover the dish with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove the foil and lay the cheese slices over the veggies. The original recipe called for shredded cheese, but I prefer the slices because I think they give more even coverage.
Return to the oven and bake another 15-20 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.
Do you think giving the potatoes a head start will help, or do you have another suggestion? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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