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Old Wed, Oct-19-11, 18:55
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Default Zucchini "Flower"

This was last night's veggie creation. It came out pretty, but once you dip into it, well it's not so pretty anymore. But it sure was GOOD!

This fun creation was so easy!! You could even let your children help you grow THIS flower! And it tastes as good as it looks! It was ready in about 35 minutes, start for finish, as I keep a recipe of my pesto sauce made up in the fridge at all times. Life is just so much easier when you keep stuff made ahead. This recipe is ever so Induction friendly.


9-10 oz. zucchini, sliced VERY thin
3 T. pesto sauce: I use mine:
6 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 plum tomato
Dash each salt and black pepper
¼ tsp. dried, crushed oregano leaf (or 1 tsp. fresh chopped)
1 T. olive oil (a little more if using thicker, commercial pesto sauce)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a shallow round baking dish or pie plate with a film of olive oil. First, slice the zucchini very thin (I used a Rival slicer on the thinnest setting). I had a very long zucchini, so I had to cut mine in half to get slices the right length for my ceramic quiche dish. After thinly slicing all the zucchini, pull out the prettiest, rounded-end slices for the top layer. After all, you’re striving for a pretty flower! Fan out a single (about 1/3 of the slices), slightly overlapping layer of zucchini in a circular fashion. radiating from the center to make the first or bottom layer of “petals” of your zucchini “flower”. See the picture for what I’m trying to describe here. Dot with 1 T. of the pesto thinly over this layer. Next sprinkle with 2T. of Parmesan, salt, pepper and oregano. Now fan another layer of zucchini slices for your second layer, fanning out the outer ends a bit. Dot with another 1T. of pesto sauce and follow with a sprinkle on 2T. of Parmesan, salt, pepper and oregano. Lay the final layer of “petals” of zucchini prettily in a similar fan fashion. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan, salt, pepper and oregano. Strategically place the tomato slice in the middle for your flower’s centerpiece. Drizzle the 1T. olive oil all over the final flower petals and pop into 350º oven for about 20-30 minutes or until zucchini is tender at the thickest/tallest center area when you insert a sharp knife point. Serve at once with your favorite baked or broiled meat or fish entree.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each contains:

147.25 calories
13.45 g fat
3.05 g carbs, 1.05 g fiber, 2.0 g. NET CARBS
5.1 g protein
162 mg sodium
313 mg potassium
30% RDA Vitamin C, 10% or less of other main nutrients
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Old Tue, Nov-22-11, 04:15
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Wow It looks delicious!!
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Old Wed, Nov-30-11, 18:04
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Pesto is not Induction friendly.
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Old Wed, Nov-30-11, 18:15
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This reminds me of my favorite sandwich innards.... the uptown veggie girl
It's grilled zucchini, mushrooms and onions in olive oil
add in pesto, feta and top with melted provolone cheese
minus the bun of coarse.... but I love the combo of zucchini, pesto and cheese
yours is so pretty
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Old Thu, Dec-01-11, 07:39
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Rosebud, thanks for pointing this slip up out to me. I just made sure to note this recipe and the pesto recipe as only being Induction Friendly if the nuts are omitted. How careless of me.
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