Week Night Dinner - Zucchini Bake

Quick & Easy Week Night Dinner - Zucchini Bake

I’ve made this recipe a couple of times and it has quickly become a household favorite. While it’s not the prettiest meal I make, the flavors do not disappoint. Think everything you love about eggplant Parmesan, but minus the eggplant and the hassle of pan frying. This recipe is really more assembling, which is why I really believe that anyone can cook. Layer this bad boy up ahead of time and pop in the oven when you get home. The assembly doesn’t take that long so if you want to do it all at once, that is an option as well.

I haven’t had kids try this recipe yet, but I’m crossing my fingers that it’s kid friendly. You can barely tell zucchini is even in there and Italian food is typically a kid favorite. Cheese and red sauce? Who doesn’t like that. 

Interested in my other recipes? Check out my Greek Quinoa Bowls, Homemade Turkey Meatballs, & Chicken & Broccoli Casserole.

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LET'S GET COOKING: 

Quick & Easy Week Night Dinner - Zucchini Bake

INGREDIENTS: 

(Makes 4 servings)

1 lb ground beef (80/20 or less) 

3 medium to large zucchini sliced thinly

8 oz red sauce (jarred or homemade)

1/4 cup grated Parmesan  

1/4 cup grated mozzarella  

 16 oz fresh mozzarella (1 medium ball) sliced (for on top of dish)

1 tbs garlic powder

1 tbs onion powder

Salt + Pepper

2-4 tbs Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Heat oil in a large skillet, brown ground beef until no longer pink. Set aside.  

In a large casserole dish, lay one thinly sliced zucchini across the bottom. Season with 1/3 of the salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add a layer of red sauce and ground beef. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and shredded mozzarella. Continue this pattern, layering remaining ingredients.

Slice ball of mozzarella and lay across top of layered casserole dish.  

Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes (broil for the last 2-3 minutes to crisp the top).

Prepare garlic bread as a side. A must need for dipping into sauce.

Serve & enjoy!

 Quick & Easy Week Night Dinner -Zucchini Bake Casey Bonano RD LD, Dallas Nutritional Counseling #dallasnutritionalcounseling #balancedeating #homecooking #quickrecipes #easyrecipe #weeknightrecipe #carbfatpro #quickeasyrecipe #balancedeating #intuitiveeating

Quick & Easy Week Night Dinner -Zucchini Bake Casey Bonano RD LD, Dallas Nutritional Counseling #dallasnutritionalcounseling #balancedeating #homecooking #quickrecipes #easyrecipe #weeknightrecipe #carbfatpro #quickeasyrecipe #balancedeating #intuitiveeating

 Quick & Easy Week Night Dinner -Zucchini Bake Casey Bonano RD LD, Dallas Nutritional Counseling #dallasnutritionalcounseling #balancedeating #homecooking #quickrecipes #easyrecipe #weeknightrecipe #carbfatpro #quickeasyrecipe #balancedeating #intuitiveeating

Quick & Easy Week Night Dinner -Zucchini Bake Casey Bonano RD LD, Dallas Nutritional Counseling #dallasnutritionalcounseling #balancedeating #homecooking #quickrecipes #easyrecipe #weeknightrecipe #carbfatpro #quickeasyrecipe #balancedeating #intuitiveeating