Sometimes I have the hankering for a zucchini bake, but if your like me and your zucchini has already quit producing for the year, I always sub eggplant for zukes. I personally am not a huge fan of eggplant don’t get me wrong I sort of like it, but I can’t just eat it plain. Our eggplants did so well this year and I can’t see them going to waste. So if my eggplant is smothered in saucy cheese, I love it. This recipe is very easy quick and good made with Zucchini or Eggplant.
Ingredients: 1 lb ground turkey, 2 eggplant, 1/2 onion, 3-4 cloves of garlic, 1 cup corn, 1 jar spaghetti, 8 oz shredded cheese
Start by slicing the eggplant
Then in a colander salt them well, and let sit for about 30 minutes, this takes the some of the moisture out of the eggplants (if using Zucchini skip this step)
Go ahead and start browning your ground meat
Then chop and dice your garlic and onion
after about 30 minutes, place your eggplant on a few papers towels
and then cover with paper towels pressing down to remove all of the excess moisture
Then take your eggplant and saute on high heat for a few minutes on each side
Add the onion and garlic to the browned meat, cook for about 5 minutes
Then add your jar of spaghetti sauce, stir well
In a 9 X 13 pan, layer half of your eggplant, spaghetti sauce
cheese, and repeat
Cover your pan with foil and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
Uncover and bake another 5 minutes
Serve over spaghetti noodles
My Niece Sam was so interested in why I was taking pictures of food so intensely that she decided to make a camo
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Easy Zucchini Bake
1 pound ground turkey, beef or chicken
2 large zucchini, halved lengthwise (or eggplant)
3-4 garlic cloves
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese blend
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
if using eggplant, slice then sprinkle with salt and let sit for 30 minutes, after 30 minutes place eggplants on paper towels and pat out all of the excess moisture. If using Zucchini skip this step.
Melt a pat of butter in skillet and sauté zucchini until slightly brown. Set aside. Brown turkey skillet over medium heat; Drain fat. Salt and pepper to taste
Place halved zucchini slices in a baking dish. Pour the ground turkey, spaghetti sauce, and corn on top. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake in preheated oven until zucchini are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered for another 5 minutes. Serve over spaghetti.