I have found a great recipe for my collection- for using zucchini of course! It comes from allrecipes.com and was submitted by DebiMcG. I have made it twice now, each time tweaking for my own needs. This is really a winner. Zucchini Herb Casserole
1/3 cup uncooked long grain white rice
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, cubed
1 cup sliced green onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 cups seeded, chopped tomatoes
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
Combine the rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, until rice is tender.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a shallow 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the zucchini, green onions, and garlic 5 minutes, or until tender. Season with garlic salt, basil, paprika, and oregano. Mix in the cooked rice, tomatoes, and 1 cup cheese. Continue to cook and stir until heated through. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
Bake uncovered 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
(this photo is one that another recipe reader submitted at the original site)
The first time I used this recipe, I used brown rice instead of white, and instead of tomatoes, a pasta sauce. The second time, I used minute rice, and no tomatoes of any sort, and just did it on the stovetop. I liked my first results better, with the tomato-y pasta sauce, and baked in the oven, so the cheese gets browned.
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I love the portrayal of King Theoden in The Lord of The Rings. It inspires me to be a "valiant warrior" in the battle against the darkness of this world. "Arise, Riders! Forth! and fear no darkness! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered. A sword day- a red day- Ride now! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Forth! " Link this with this passage from the Bible, "Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, AND IN NOTHING TERRIFIED BY YOUR ADVERSARIES, which is an evident token of salvation of God." Philippians 1:27,28 (I love it when King Theoden answers the one who says they can not possibly win against the might of Mordor, "But We Will Meet Them In Battle Nonetheless.")
I have found such joy in simple things; a plain clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread, a kettle as it sings; a leaf-laced square along a floor where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door. I have found such joy in things that fill my quiet days: a curtain's blowing grace, a potted plant upon my windowsill, a rose fresh-cut and placed within a vase. A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair, and books I long have loved beside me there. -Grace Noll Crowell