My Easy Peasy Zucchini Slice
Are you looking for a healthy kid meal option? Lately I’ve been getting a bit stuck in a rut with the girls’ dinner. I get so caught up in the day that when it come time to serve dinner, I’m scrambling to put something together that’s quick and that they will eat. More times than not they end up with our go to “Mac and Cheese with Tuna and Peas”. They love it. However, they need variety. It’s so important that they are exposed to different foods (whether they eat them all or not) to ensure good eating habits later on.
I found a couple of random zucchini’s in the fridge (I would have bought them with the best intentions to use them for something and then forgot about them) so I decided to make a zucchini slice. There are two ways to make this, as more of a slice or as a frittata. Just omit the flour if you want to make a frittata instead. It’s great for the kids, but it’s also delicious for my lunch with a fresh salad. And more importantly, it’s super easy to make (which is what I am all about!!!).
While my girls would spit out zucchini on it’s own, they will happily eat it this way! The other great thing about it is you can freeze it and store it for about a month.
This recipe is adapted from the ‘Thermomix Cooking for your Baby and Toddler’ Cookbook. If you don’t have a Thermomix, use a blender/food processor instead!
What you will need:
450g Zucchini, roughly chopped
1 brown onion, peeled, quartered
90g cheddar cheese, cut into 1-2cm cubes
150g wholemeal self raising flour (or omit for a frittata)
60g olive oil
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F. Grease a 14 x 21 cm load Tim. Line the base with baking paper.
Place zucchini and onion into mixing bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 5 (or chop in food processor). Place into TM basket and squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible. Set aside to drain.
Place both cheeses into mixing bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 8 (or grate by hand). Scrape down sides of bowl.
Add flour (if using), eggs, oil and drained zucchini and onion and mix 10 sec/Reverse/speed 4. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Pour mixture into prepared loaf tin and top with cherry tomatoes, cut side up. Bake 1 hour or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. If the top has browned after 30 mins, loosely cover it with foil for the rest of the cooking time. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing and cutting into thick slices to serve.
*Tip-Make muffins instead by using a muffin tin!
PS…If you don’t know what a Thermomix then we need to talk!!! It’s like a Vitamix but BETTER!