Squash It!

Squash Gratin, or as some may refer to as Squash Casserole, is a great way to utilize fall produce for a yummy side dish. There are many variations out there, but I gotta say this came out so tasty during the test run, I barely tweaked it. Also if you don’t have creme fraiche, sour cream will do just fine.

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (the seasoning has some garlic powder in it but I love the flavor of fresh too)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp. of veggie seasoning (herb & seasoning blend from McCormick’s)
  • 1 sleeve of ritz crackers, crushed
  • 2 yellow squash, sliced in rounds
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 zucchini, sliced in rounds
  • 3 eggs
  • 7.5 oz. Crème Fraiche (or sour cream)

Layer the sliced squash and zucchini rounds in a non stick baking dish. Pour over the cream, eggs, onion, and spices mixture, evenly coating all the veggies. Sprinkle with the crushed crackers and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (based on how deep your dish is) but then broil for 5 minutes to get the crust to crisp & the cheese to melt.

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PS I know I forgot to crop out my feet, but honestly, my toes look cute so whatever 😛 Obviously Jess is the true photog of this relationship, not I.

Happy Eating, XO.

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Enchilada Pasta

Casseroles. Yes, a one pot meal is extremely convenient, but it should also be appetizing. So coming from someone who hates leftovers, its pretty shocking that I have taken this to lunch the next day every. single. time.

  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 5 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 medium size Spanish or yellow onion chopped (this was my addition, added a depth of flavor and crunch the dish needed, however if you don’t have any or don’t like, feel free to exclude).
  • 1 bag egg noodles
  • 1 can (10 oz.) enchilada sauce (red not the green)
  • 1 can (4-5oz) Rotel
  • 1 taco seasoning packet (you can thank me again for this shortcut since original recipe calls out cumin, cayenne pepper, etc. all the stuff included in the taco seasoning pouch itself)
  • 1 lb ground turkey (original calls for ground beef, but this is an easy way to cut fat & calories without sacrificing flavor)
  • 2 cups (1 will go in the casserole 1 is for the top) shredded Mexican cheese (kids, that means: Monterey jack, cheddar, or Pepper jack combinations. Kraft even has a light Mexican blend that’s yum!)

Cook the pasta per the instructions (I used fusilli because the twirl grasps the sauce really well, but penne rigate would do the same or the egg noodles suggested).
Meanwhile brown the ground turkey meat with a packet of taco seasoning and the chopped medium onion in a tablespoon olive oil.
Drain the pasta and let the meat cool, then mix with the frozen corn, a can of the Rotel tomatoes (the one with the green chilies, trust me it won’t be too spicy. promise.), sour cream, cream cheese, enchilada sauce, and half of shredded Mexican cheese. Top with the remaining cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted (since all components are already cooked).

This is hearty, filling, and flavorful. You know that I’m not lying either, because Mexican is my least favorite cuisine and yet I adore this mexi-fusion casserole. Serves 4-6 people.

Happy Eating, XO.

The Lazy Man’s Tuna Noodle Casserole

This casserole is one of my favorite go-to recipes on a work night. It takes just a few minutes of prep time, and by the time I change in to sweats, pop open a bottle of red wine and turn on the TV it’s just about done.

Main ingredients

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1 small can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbsp of chopped dried onion
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 bag of extra wide noodles

Topping

  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs (depending on the size of the dish you’re putting it it, you can always use more. I usually eyeball it)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook noodles per the package. Mix tuna, mushroom soup, cheese, butter, onion and noodles together. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and slowly add milk.

For the toppings, brown your bread crumbs with the butter in a small pan on medium heat. (Be careful not to burn them! They don’t take long to brown.). Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the tuna mix and bake for 45 minutes.

tuna noodle casserole

Happy Eating, XO