Zucchini & Tomatoes

This is a super simple side dish using only a few ingredients. The canned tomatoes provide most of the seasonings and give it zesty Italian flavor in minutes. I like to use this as a quick side dish for barbecued steak or chicken. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

4-5 small zucchini

1 can (14.5 oz.) Italian recipe stewed tomatoes

2 TBSP olive oil

1 tsp coarse ground garlic powder

salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice zucchini into thin rounds, 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.
  2. Add olive oil to a large skillet and heat on medium-high.
  3. Cook zucchini several minutes until zucchini become tender. Season with garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Add canned tomatoes including liquid.
  5. Simmer until heated through and zucchini are fully cooked.

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Broiled Tomatoes With Basil & Mozzarella (No-Bread Bruschetta)

broiled tomatoes with basil & mozzarella

I love the flavor combination of tomato, basil and mozzarella. It’s a classic for a reason! When I needed a quick no-carb lunch last week I turned this classic combo into a five-minute treat. It really satisfied that craving for bruschetta without any bread!

Ingredients:

1 large ripe tomato, stem and core removed, sliced  1/4 ” thick

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1-2 TBSP fresh basil herb paste (found in the produce section of the market)

Directions:

  1. Wash, stem, core and slice tomato. Place on non-reactive cookie sheet
    or dish.
  2. In a small bowl combine cheese with basil paste.
  3. Spread evenly over tomatoes.
  4. Place under broiler for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is lightly browned.
  5. Serve immediately.

This makes a great quick lunch or a nice side dish on a hot summer night since the broiler won’t heat up the house. For extra pizzaz try adding a little salt and pepper to the tomatoes or drizzle with olive oil before broiling.