Thursday, July 10

Trio Cheese Zucchini Melts

With my zucchini plants on mass production mode I've been trying to get creative on preparing this versatile vegetable. Last night the hubs was out so I just needed to cook for one. Technically for two but the 7 month old doesn't eat much yet. These trio cheese melts are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese meld beautifully in this essence of pizza zucchini melt. Simple and delicious, what more you want? Try pairing these melts with a fresh garden salad for a balanced meal.

Yield: 1 Generous Serving

Trio Cheese Zucchini Melts

1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
1/4 teaspoon olive oil
2-3 tablespoons pasta sauce
1 heaping tablespoon ricotta cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons, Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon pizza seasoning*

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Lightly spread the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil. Place zucchini face up in the prepared dish and bake for 8 minutes. Remove zucchini from oven and evenly spread sauce in each zucchini half. Dollop the ricotta across the zucchini and cover with the remaining cheeses. Sprinkle pizza seasoning over cheese and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. 

*The seasoning I used contains a blend of onion powder, bell pepper, fennel, oregano, garlic, basil, chilies, parsley, thyme, marjoram and celery flakes. If you don't have the premixed seasonings a dash of basil, oregano and little garlic would also be fantastic. 

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