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Today I have a super simple side dish for you that takes about 30 seconds to prepare and takes about 20 minutes to bake.  If your kids are a little picky on their greenery, give this a try.  The fact that it is topped in Parmesan makes it an easy sell to my kids who normally pick zucchini out of the rest of their dishes.

Parmesan Zucchini

Preheat your oven to 400*F.

Cut the ends off both ends of 2 zucchinis and then cut them in half length wise.  Place them on a cookie sheet or some sort of oven safe dish.  Next, sprinkle each one with pepper and season salt.  I would sprinkle a little more than you would normally do if you were salting your food.

20130516_183441Now, take your Parmesan cheese and generously cover the top of the zucchini in it.  I personally use the Kraft pre-shredded Parmesan that we use for our spaghetti dishes.  It is easier and that is what this dish is all about  🙂

20130516_183543Finally, bake in the over for 15 to 20 minutes until the zucchini is done to your liking and the cheese is a bit browned.

20130516_192107(Sorry, this is not a great picture.  I just got a kit to help with that so hopefully from this point on, the food will look as desirable as it actually is 🙂

Serve immediately.  It is yummy!

This makes about 4 servings.

Erin, The Burbs

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Hey all.  I use season salt in place of regular table salt in great many things.  I have used season salt that I bought from the store ever since I moved out of my parent’s house and always been satisfied but never LOVING it.  In the back of my mind, I always knew my dad had been making his own but it never occurred to me that the homemade version may have been different enough from my store bought ones that I was noticing a difference.  All I really took notice of was that my food was never quite as good as my dad’s (especially steaks which we use season salt on almost religiously).  When the revelation finally came to me, I asked for his recipe and he was kind enough to not only give it to me but to allow me to share it with the world (and surprisingly enough, he actually knew what a Blog was without me having to explain it to him)!  Long story short, here is his recipe for homemade season salt.  I swear it is better than store bought, as does Husband, and two of my little cousins (although they are 9 and 10 sooo…take their expertise on the matter as you wish).  It is definitely worth a try though.

Season Salt:

4 fl. oz. Salt

2 fl. oz. Sugar

1 T Celery Seed

1 T Celery Salt

3 T Paprika

2 T Garlic Powder

2 T Onion Powder

1 1/4 T Chili Powder

1/2 tsp Tumeric

1/4 tsp Ground Thyme

1/4 tsp Ground Oregano

1/4 tsp Ground Sage

1/2 tsp Fine Ground Black Pepper

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Note on cost:  Seasonings are fairly expensive for the small bottles they come in.  It seems the smaller the package I get the less I want to pay for things in general (must be the juvenile in me).  Anyway, I have not done the math on this but my dad swears that even though the initial cost is a little much (because you have to buy the whole bottle of each spice to begin with), when you compare the costs exactly (that being the portion used and then combined together for the homemade compared to the store bought bottle) it actually does cost you less in the long run.  If anyone does the math, I would be interested to hear the results.

Erin, The Burbs

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