Zucchini Pizza Bites

I present to you, FOOD.

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini, drained and squeezed dry
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1 pound ground beef
1 medium union, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
2 tsp dried oregano
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 medium green pepper, julienned
5 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced

1. Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
2. In a bowl, combine zucchini, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and eggs; mix well. Press onto the bottom of a greased 15″x10″x1″ baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is set and lightly browned.
3. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef, onion, salt, and garlic salt over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, then drain. Stir in tomato sauce and oregano, mixing well. Spoon over crust. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Top with mushrooms and green pepper.
4. Bake at 400 degrees P for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

Since this is very much like a pizza, you can top it with whatever you’d like if you don’t want to stick with the recipe.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken bullion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
  2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
  3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in bullion, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in condensed soup and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

I prefer to use this Hot Water Pie Crust recipe.

And what do you do with that leftover pie crust? Make pie crust cookies, of course!

I shaped mine like flowers, then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top, and baked them until they were golden.

Maple Salmon

When I first met my Lover, I made a comment that I didn’t like maple syrup all that much, and his immediate reaction was along the lines of, “That is changing right now.” So, we made a quick trip to the grocery store, and after that I tasted real maple syrup for the first time in my life. It was delicious! I immediately amended to saying, “I don’t like high fructose corn syrup with maple flavoring,” and ever since then I’ve made a habit out of consuming maple syrup whenever possible.

So, it was pretty exciting when I found this recipe at allrecipes.com.

Maple Salmon

1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound salmon

  1. In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.
  2. Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.

In the oven you go!

Done!

I added in some ginger in addition to the recipe, and the result was exquisite. This is a definite must for people who love fish.