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Veggie AuGratin

Contributed by Becky.  My friend Sandy was visiting when Becky brought this to us and we had a hard time deciding if we liked it better cold or hot.  It’s great both ways and a really healthy option, even for breakfast!

  • 1 yellow squash sliced lengthwise thin
  • 1 zucchini sliced lengthwise thin (or 2 if they are small)
  • 1eggplant peeled and sliced lengthwise thin
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder
  • Parsley
  • Olive oil for frying

Preheat oven to 350. Heat pan med high heat and olive oil (2 tbl). sauté the thin strips of veggies a few at a time until lightly brown and put on paper towel to get rid of excess oil. When all veggies are cooked and cooled layer half of them in a bread pan or pie dish that has been sprayed with oil. Wisk eggs with seasonings to taste. Add half of egg/seasoning mixture to veggies then finish layering and add rest of egg mixture. Put in oven for 25 min or until lightly browned on top.

Can add cheese to top before put in oven.

Nut Butters

Ever make your own nut butters?  It’s easy, a great way to get a fresh product (there is nothing worse than spending a lot of money on a jar of nut butter that has been sitting on the shelf too long and is rancid!), and you can be creative with the types of nuts you use.  My recent favorite is Macadamia Nut Butter – yum.   I make it plain, sometime I add some cashews.  It is a delightful treat, especially on almond flour biscuits (see the recipe section for the biscuit recipe).  And no, nuts aren’t exactly a low-calorie food, but nuts are a great source of healthy fats, Vitamin E, trace minerals, fiber and walnuts even provide vital omega-3 fatty acids.  So eat in moderation, but think of nuts and nut butter as a wonderful snacking opportunity.

To make nut butter, all you need is a food processor and a bit of patience.  Throw the nuts in to the food processor, add a dash of salt if you need it (and your nuts are unsalted), and pulse a few times to get it started.  Then turn it on and let it whir around until it gets smooth and a bit runny.  You’re done!  That’s it – just put in a container and store in the ‘frig.  It will harden as it chills. Spread a bit on a biscuit or a fresh cut apple and enjoy!