Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shredded Zucchini, easy side dish #recipe from @DarylWoodGerber

I love an easy meal. Especially when I'm doing revisions on a book and my mind is mush by dinner time.  (I'm working on the second French Bistro Mystery, Soufflé of Suspicion! So much fun!)  

I love an easy meal especially when it's really hot outside. And it's been hot in California. We are in triple digits this week! Yipes! 

I like an easy meal that doesn't require the oven to be on for hours. 

I like an easy meal that is light and doesn't make me feel as if "I ate the whole thing."  Remember that commercial?  (Alka Seltzer)

So here's my easy meal:

I've really been getting into white fish lately. I buy it frozen at Costco. Atlantic cod, Pacific cod (my favorite), Mahi-Mahi. They're all flavorful and cook easily. The Atlantic cod prefers to be baked. It's quite flaky. The other two can go on the grill because they are really firm fish.

I've always been a fan of zucchini. There are so many good vitamins in zucchini. And you can add so many sauces and such to zucchini to change up the flavors. It almost works like pasta, when you think about it. Zucchini enjoys spices, too.  I use a variety of Penzey's spices on my zucchini. Sometimes I go simple with basil or oregano.  Occasionally I'll cook it with nutmeg. Oh, yes, nutmeg. It really brings out an exotic flavor!  Try it.

And now...back to my regularly scheduled program. Revisions.  Deadlines are looming. Ack! 

Zucchini side dish 

Serves 2

2-3 zucchini, rinsed and sliced  (A mixture of yellow and green zucchini is best for color!)
2-3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Penzey’s Parisien spice (or spice of your desire, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme or a mixture)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded

Chop the zucchini with a food chopper so it’s small chunks. The smaller the better.

In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add in the zucchini, the spice, the salt and pepper. Stir for 3-4 minutes, allowing the zucchini to brown.

Remove from heat and plate. Top each portion with sour cream and Parmesan cheese.

So easy!

I made this with white fish. (Atlantic Cod). I get the cod at Costco in the freezer section.

White Fish Baked

Serves 2

2 portions of fish
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Chopped olives or parsley as garnish, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To bake, wrap the fish in foil, drizzle with oil, and add salt and pepper. Seal the foil and set the fish in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set the white fish on the plate.  Add a tablespoon of chopped olives or parsley for garnish (and color – cod can be so bland looking).

Add the zucchini side dish.

Savor the mystery!

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  1. Very nice! And talk about easy and quick! Wow.
    I love cod. I hadn't thought about Atlantic vs Pacific. Interesting.

    1. Yes, those two fish look nothing the same. Probably just the same "family," you know? ~ Daryl

  2. YUM! I will be trying this for sure. I love zucchini! Thanks for sharing, Daryl!

    1. Amanda, you bet. It's my go-to veggie. I love it. ~ Daryl

  3. This looks simple and delicious!

  4. Always looking for new and easy sides! Thanks, Daryl!

  5. I like what you did with the zucchini! I've sliced it, sautéed it in olive oil, and put shredded parmesan on it. And seasoning. Your dollop of sour cream sounds like a winner.