It is summer, and if your garden is anything like mine you have enough zucchini to feed an army. If not, the farmers markets have them in abundance, and they’re very inexpensive right now.
This recipe was originally given to me by my niece and has been used by our family for years. It is the one all the kids ask for when they leave home and start cooking for themselves. I have made a few adjustments to make it even more vegetarian (healthy). In our house it is the main course and always served with cranberry sauce.
3 c. cubed zucchini (do not peel)
3 lg. carrots, shredded
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom or celery soup
1 c. Sour Supreme imitation sour cream
1/4 – 1/2 c. margarine or organic butter (you decide which you think is the healthier choice)
1/2 bag Pepperidge Farms Herb Flavored Stuffing Mix (The original recipe calls for 1 box of Stove Top Stuffing Mix, but they all contain chicken broth, so I don’t use it)
LIGHTLIFE Chick’n Style Strips, 1/2 package, chopped (optional)*
Stir fry the zucchini, carrots, and onion until just tender (do not add water as zucchini is very moist). Set aside.
In a bowl mix together the soup and imitation sour cream.*If you are using the optional Chick’n Strips add those to the bowl now and gently stir. (It’s good with or without them).
In a pot melt the margarine (or butter), remove from heat, and add stuffing mix. Toss to coat.
In a glass casserole dish layer:
1/2 stuffing mixture
the zucchini stir-fry mixture
the soup/ imitation sour cream mixture
the remaining 1/2 stuffing mixture
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes
This recipe may be doubled for a crowd — just bake it a little longer.