October 15, 2012

Zucchini Layered Casserole


Another one of my creations...I was trying to come up with something to make, using some zucchinis that I had on hand... The end result; rice with zucchini, vege-burger*, and zesty tomato sauce, and everything topped with grated cheese. A very tasty and satisfying vegetarian dish.

Easy enough and can me made the day before, and just popped in the oven, before serving, until heated through.  Why didn't I think of this sooner?
   
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Ingredients:

First Layer:
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp. oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 cups dry veggie burger granules
2 tsp. tomato paste
 
Second Layer:
1-1/2 cups rice
3 cups of water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. margarine
 
Third Layer:
2 large zucchini
1 tsp. salt
1 large onion, chopped
3 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. Dash seasoning
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 cup tomato sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup grated mozzarella, for topping
 
Directions:
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First layer;
Place dry veggie burger granules into a bowl. Pour hot water, enough to cover and set aside until all water has been absorbed.

In a medium pan, sauté onions in 2 tablespoons of oil; add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in the  add veggie burger and tomato paste; cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Second layer; Wash rice; place in a pot; cover with water and bring to a boil. Stir in salt and margarine. Cook on low for 15 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.

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Third layer; Wash and slice  zucchini and place into a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and set aside for 20- 30 minutes. Drain liquid.

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Meanwhile, in a large pan, sauté onions in the oil for 2-3 minutes; add (drained) zucchini slices, seasonings, oregano, parsley and tomato sauce and cook until zucchinis are soft. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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Using a 9-inch x 13-inch lightly greased pan, spread the veggie burger mixture on the bottom of the pan.

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Spread the rice on top and smooth over.

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Top rice with the zucchini mixture. Sprinkle top with grated mozzarella.

Just before serving, preheat oven at 350 F. and  bake  for 35-45 minutes or until cheese has melted and starts to brown.

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Makes: 8-10 servings

* veggie-burger - is a ground meat substitute. I used the dry form but you may substitute Yves Meatless Ground Beef, (no soaking required), that can be found at natural and health food section of your grocery store.
 
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