Stewed Zucchini and Tomatoes, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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This is a great time of the year for vegetables. We start seeing more fresh veggies in seasons and that makes me happy.

Today’s recipe should be one of my Throwback Thursday recipes. I have literally been making the wonderful side dish for decades. (Side dish may be a misnomer. A big bowl makes a good light meal.) I can’t say where I first saw this recipe, it’s been this long. I do recall making a few little changes like adding garlic and basil and using olive oil.

Let’s looks at some of the facts about the ingredients.

Zucchini:

  • has anti-oxidant qualities and is good for weight reduction and cholesterol
  • contains carotenes and luteins which help rid the body of free radicals
  • source of folates which are important for cell division and DNA processes; potassium which is heart healthy – it reduces blood pressure and heart rate; good source of vitamin C; and contain vitamin B complex

Tomatoes:

  • good source of antioxidants, fiber, minerals and vitamins; many antioxidants specifically fight cancer
  • lycopene protects against ultraviolet rays and guards against skin cancer
  • zea-xanthin protects against macular degeneration
  • also a source for vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, B-complex

We tend to think “good for you food” tastes like horse food. I can honestly say this dish is bursting with tasty Mediterranean flavor.

Stewed Zucchini and Tomatoes

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 medium zucchini, quartered and cut into 1/4 in. wedges

1 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes (Italian style is really good to use)

2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon basil

1. Sautee onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent.

2. Stir in zucchini and cook, covered over medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender.

3. Stir in tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, kosher salt, pepper, and basil.

4. Continue cooking over medium heat until heated through. Serve immediately.

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