Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Layered Zucchini with Garden Tomatoes and Ground Turkey

Ar you ready for another zucchini recipe from the zucchini that my neighbor, Pauli, gave me from her garden?   I  just love the versatility of zucchini. I had made this dish many, many years ago, but had forgotten how good it was. The garden zucchini is layered with ground turkey, fresh chunky tomato sauce, fresh herbs and cheese. This dish tastes like Zucchini pizza with out the cheese.  You can leave out the ground meat for a vegetarian dish or a side dish. My husband was home when I was making this dish, so he added more cheese than I like.  You can adjust the cheese according to your taste.

All of the fresh flavors of the zucchini, tomatoes, and herbs shine through in this dish. It even tastes  better the next day.  I still have some shredded zucchini in the freezer, so who knows what I'll make next?  Any suggestions?

Layered Zucchini with Ground Turkey and Fresh Tomatoes
Inspired by Cooking


1 large zucchini, sliced in 1/4” rounds
1 pound ground turkey or beef
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 medium tomatoes, peeled and quartered
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, or 1 tsp ground basil
1 Tbsp fresh Oregano or 1 tsp ground oregano
1 small onion, diced
 1 Tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley
 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese- We used half Parmesan, half mozzarella

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Microwave zucchini rounds for about 3 min., drain off excess water.
2. Brown ground turkey with garlic .in frying pan over medium heat. Drain.
3. While turkey is browning, pulse tomatoes just till rough chopped
 in food processor. Stir in tomato paste to thicken, if needed.
4. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, and herbs to browned turkey, and stir, until combined.
5. Arrange zucchini rounds in a sprayed 2 qt. casserole dish or pan.  Spoon ground turkey-  tomato mixture over the zucchini.  Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat layer of zucchini rounds and turkey tomato mixture and 1/4 of the remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 min, until bubbly.
6. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 c. cheese over top, and bake about 5 min, until cheese is brown.
7. Remove from oven and let rest about 10 min before serving.

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  1. Mmmmm this is literally everything I would ever want in a dinner! All my favorite flavors :) I can never resist Italian... and the zucchini and turkey sound delicious!

    1. Kristina,
      Glad that you liked this easy dinnerr. It is so good, with all of fresh veggies and herbs.

  2. Hi Becky, I've not eaten this but it sure look tempting and awesome.I would like to have extra cheese too. :)

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a nice day.

    1. Amelia,
      This dish is so good, especially with the fresh herbs and veggies, and more cheese for you.

  3. Yum, I love this gratin, it's a full meal!

    Happy #tomatolove ;-)

    1. Helena,
      You can make this dish a full meal, or omit the ground turkey, and you have a side dish!

  4. This is such a cool and creative dinner my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      This dinner is so good, and healthy, too.

  5. yum yum yum! zucchini is a great noodle alternative! and the bread from yesterday looks fab too! :)

    1. Caralyn,
      I didn't plan on these being GF, but it sure is a delicious GF dish, with fresh veggies, and herbs.

  6. Replies
    1. Claudia,
      You'll have to make thus easy veggie dish for your family. Let me know, how they liked it.

  7. What a healthy twist on lasagna. I love seeing all that zucchini in this, Becky. Thank you for sharing it with me, my friend!

  8. Monet,
    This dish is almost like lasagna, without all of the calories. It was light and tasty, not heavy at all.

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