Every now and then I hear something, either on TV or the radio, where I have to stop and ask myself if I heard that correctly. This would frequently happen when watching House or Glee or while listening to one of the various local “shock jocks.” However it has rarely happened as the result of a commercial yet the other day while driving to work I heard a Subway commercial that really made me pause and wonder if I heard them correctly. Now I’m not saying I agree with them but the “summer tips from Officer Jim (?) are some of the funnier things I had heard on radio in awhile. I’m not going to give details about this very un-PC commercial but I’m sure that it can easily be found online by googling Subway and “keep our beaches beautiful.”
Now on to the real reason you are here, the recipe. Many moons ago I had this amazing zucchini and cheese side dish at a restaurant near my college. I basically decided to take an already amazing side dish and make some changes to make it more of a main dish. This is not one of the healthiest vegetarian dishes out there but it could easily become less sinful by changing out the cheeses for a part skim mixture, or even subbing with a low-fat vegan cheese.
Three Squash Casserole w/Two Cheeses
1 zucchini, sliced 1/4 in thick
2 yellow squash, sliced 1/4 in thick
1 medium eggplant, sliced 1/4 in thick
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
5 ounces Gouda, shredded
5 ounces Pepper Jack, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Lightly spray a medium size casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange a layer of squash slices evently on the bottom of the dish, alternating between the zucchini, squash, and eggplant. Top with a layer of onion and green peppers and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer a 1/4 of the shredded Gouda along with dots of the Pepper jack. Repeat the layers, ending with a layer of cheese.
3. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake for 35minutes. Remove the foil and continue to back an additional 30minutes, until the squash is tender and the cheese is bubbly. Let stand a few minutes before serving.
I’m not sure what cheeses were in the orginal version of this dish, I’m sure cheddar was one of them but I’m not sure as to the second cheese. I have a feeling that any combination of smooth and sharp would work well.