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French Onion Zucchini Bake | i am baker

So, you’re looking for a nice side dish to go with dinner.  Something tasty, not hard to make.  Something maybe a bit oo-la-la.  Maybe even something lower on the carb scale.

You definitely need to try this recipe.  French Onion Zucchini Bake

Being me, I made a couple of substitutions to the recipe.  I used 1 zucchini and 1 onion, and 1 6 oz package of shredded Swiss cheese.  It’s just a lot less pricey than Gruyere and more available to me.  Plus, I used a 10” skillet instead of a 12” since I’d kind of halved the recipe, as I knew my kids wouldn’t eat it.  They don’t like Swiss.  (!!?!)  Also, I omitted the sugar because #KetoGoals. 

I have to say, this may be one of my favorite vegetable dishes ever.  EVER.  Even my husband liked it and he doesn’t like onions.  Yes, it is that good! 

It takes maybe 10-15 mins to put together, and then you throw it in the oven for about half an hour, give or take.  I put it in during the last 30 mins of my roast cooking.  It’s also very forgiving.  One time, I did the stove-top part, and then didn’t put it in the oven until like an hour later, and it turned out great.  So easy!  And so yummy! 

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French Onion Zucchini Bake

  • French Onion Zucchini Bake combines the amazing flavor of caramelized onions, fresh zucchini, and piles of melty gruyere cheese for a side dish that is sure to impress!  If you love French Onion, make sure to check out my homemade French Onion Soup!

    First things first, let’s talk ingredients.  You will need:

    • Zucchini – We obviously prefer to use our garden zucchini, but if you have to purchase at the supermarket, select medium-sized zucchini that are firm and feel heavy for their size. They should be green or yellow with shiny skin.
    • Yellow Onions – There are a ton of different onions to choose from, but I stick with yellow onions because they have a signature sweetness when cooked.
    • Gruyere Cheese – If you are looking to substitute this with a different cheese you want to select one that melts very easily.  I would recommend a Compte’ or Jarlsberg.
    • Butter – We use unsalted in this recipe because we prefer to adjust the salt level by adding kosher salt at the end.
    • Worchestershire Sauce
    • Beef Broth
    • Granulated Sugar
    • Thyme – Fresh thyme can be substituted for dried but you need to adjust the amount.
    • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper



    Baked French Onion Zucchini

    French Onion Zucchini Bake | i am baker

  • My play-along-at-home version.  🙂  #YouAreBaker


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    Colossians 2:6-7

    Colossians 2:6-7“[Spiritual Fullness in Christ] So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

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    2019 NanoPoblano Post #8

    Last year, I wrote about wanting to be a better journal writer.  [Monday Musings]  This is something I’ve been trying to get back into for a couple of years now, but I’ve not been very consistent at it.  Part of the reason is due to the fact that I don’t have one of those exciting lives that others seem to have, so I find it hard to know what to write about.  “I felt redundant about washing the dishes” just doesn’t seem like a worthwhile journal entry.  That’s not a complaint, just an observation.  I draw blanks when thinking about where to start. 

    Still, I feel compelled to write.  I’ve geeked out over stationery and pens and books and paper and writing my entire life.  I have a strong drive to understand things, and learn the why of things, and know things – about God, the world, my self, my relationships.  In my head, I am constantly journaling.  I am a journalist by nature, but in practice?  Well, that’s been another story. 

    In my efforts to overcome that, I’ve been saving links to journal prompts that looked promising, that might give someone like me a place to start.  I’ve decided on the one from Boho Berry Challenge!  to begin with.  (I scrolled to the bottom and went to each post and printed up an entire year’s worth).  I picked up some inexpensive books from Amazon to write in.  I can get 2 months in each book (I can double up on the day when a month has 31 days as my entries probably won’t be that long) and I used some washi tape to stick the prompts right into the books, one to the inside front cover, one to the inside back.  Plus, the books are inexpensive enough and plain enough that I can decorate the covers if I want, so bonus creativity points. 

    Sometimes, beginning is the hardest first step.  Prompts can help!


    For the record, no, I’m not participating in the #BohoBerryChallenge because #IntrovetIssues, and I could never post such personal journal entries publically.  But I can totally support those who are participating.  🙂  This is my “play along at home” version.  😀

    Do you use prompts to help you overcome journal hurdles? 


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