Warm Italian Veggie Bake

DSC01969.JPGToday is primary voting day here in Pennsylvania, and after having stressed over political and social issues and deciding who to cast my ballot for, I needed a comfort meal for dinner. This Warm Italian Veggie Bake was just that meal! Packed with savory, filling veggies, and flavored with robust Italian dressing, this meal is like a comforting hug for your taste buds! What’s even better is that it’s super easy to make and it can be prepared up to a day ahead of time and baked just before mealtime.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup Italian Dressing
  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 1 medium Zucchini, cubed
  • 1 small Eggplant, cubed
  • 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 8 oz. White Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 14.5 oz. can Diced Tomatoes, drained (I use Hunts Fire-Roasted Tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup (plus extra for sprinkling) Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Basil

And here are the easy-peasy instructions…

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start with a very large skillet. You’ll want lots of room for all those veggies! Heat the Italian dressing on medium heat, until just warm and toss in the Continue reading

Summer Cucumber Salad

DSC01836.JPGWe’ve been having absolutely beautiful weather here in Pennsylvania this week and it has put me in the mood for the summer foods that I’ve been missing all winter. I guess my husband is feeling the same way because he requested my summer cucumber salad for part of his lunch this week, and I was happy to jump in and make it! Pottery Dish Ad.png

The problem that I have always had with cucumber salad recipes is that they usually call for sour cream. Unfortunately, I don’t really care for sour cream and we rarely have it around the house. Since we grow cucumbers in the summer I like to be able to just pop out to the garden, grab some cucumbers, and make salad with what I already have around the house. This is my sour cream free, summer cucumber salad recipe!

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This is what you’ll need to get started:

And here’s how you’ll make this cool, creamy, salad… Continue reading