I am growing up. I am making “grown up” food. Well, I wouldn’t consider this a real main dish, although that’s how I like to eat it because I tend to eat smaller meals (but eat them often) rather than have large meals. This would make a lovely side dish or a nice main dish if you’re like me.
It’s slightly cheesy and the nutritional yeast provides a phenomenal nutty flavor. It accents really well with the cumin and turmeric. Plus, these spices are really good for you – they are considered one of the best spices for a person’s health.
I liked to eat this with some salsa. But then again, I have a slight salsa-obsession.
Adapted from Our Life in Food.
Zucchini Gratin (high protein)
- 2 zucchinis, shredded
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- scant 1/4 cup nonfat cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Lite Mexican Cheese (TJ’s)
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- Put the shredded zucchini in a colander, and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand for at least 5 minutes, then squeeze as much of the liquid out of the zucchini as possible using your hands. Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a pan with olive oil, add the onions, and cook. Sprinkle with turmeric and cumin and cook until softened. Add the zucchini, stir, and cook for a few more minutes until the zucchini is just softened. Add the cottage cheese, and simmer until thickened. Remove the mixture from the heat, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish, and top with the shredded chesse and nutritional yeast. Swirl it around a bit so that the top layer isn’t super thick.
- Bake until the cheese is melted and the everything is heated through, about 10-15 minutes.
Recipe by Sensual Appeal Blog
Nutritional stats: 255 calories, 21g protein, 12g fat, 14g carbs
Kammie wants to know:
What’s your favorite way to eat zucchini?
Have you ever had nutritional yeast, what do you use it in usually?
Let me know in the comments below!