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Monday, August 6, 2018

Parmesan Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes

Turn those fresh summer vegetables into a delicious side dish the whole family with love. Parmesan roasted zucchini and tomatoes is simple and delicious!

parmesan roasted zucchini and cherry tomatoes on a sheet pan


    Garden fresh vegetables get a flavor kick from garlic, herbs and of course Parmesan cheese! These yummy roasted zucchini and tomatoes are sure to be gobbled up at your dinner table. In fact, I think I am going to make two pans next time just so I can have some leftovers!


    Little Dude loves cherry tomatoes. They are one of his absolute favorites! So we have to have a plant in our garden each year.

    My brother starts tomatoes and peppers from seeds and is always generous in sharing plants with us.  This year he had Little Dude plant his very own cherry tomato seed and let him help at all the important steps along the way.

bowl of zucchini and tomatoes marinating before being roasted


    Little Dude very proudly planted his tomato plant along with a "big mama" roma plant and a slicing tomato plant for us.  He was happy as a lark.

    Then the tomato plants did what tomato plants do for us, grew... and grew, and grew and grew! I don't know how, because we rarely feed them and usually neglect them, but our tomato plants always have a way of growing huge.

sheet pan of zucchini and tomatoes


    My husband has really worked up a great system for keeping them contained, which is probably a large part of the reason they grow so tall.  Each of the three plants get a heavy duty cage. Then another cage goes between them to give the branches lateral support.

    The whole thing gets wrapped in what was metal "fabric" for pouring in cement that is suspended on stakes.  We lost our really big thick tomato plants to wind storms early in the season two years in a row and that was that for my husband. Now he builds them to stand up to a hurricane!



    In case you don't believe me when I say our plants get huge, here is some photographic evidence.  This year we only planted the three tomato plants, one jalapeno, two broccoli plants, three cucumbers, some carrots and beets.  Our little raised beds certainly produce a ton of produce none the less! (We also have a strawberry patch that we just moved and started fresh plants this year and our blackberry patch too!)

     All of that to say we can pick dozens of cherry tomatoes each day and still have plenty.  Little Dude and our neighbor kid snack on them when then play outside, which I just love. My husband and I have the habit of grabbing one or two as we walk by as well.

marinated zucchini and tomatoes covered with grated Parmesan ready to roast


    Still we have plenty of tiny tomatoes left.  I like roasting them just until they burst sometimes or chucking them whole into pasta or something as well.  They are also great halved and tossed into salads. (Hint: I'm sharing one later this week!)

    This might be one of my new favorite options though.  We are still getting a few zucchini and summer squash each week in our CSA box.  We've already had some of K.C.'s zucchini bread, a zapple crisp and summer vegetable medley (to name just a few!) So it was time to do something different with the zucchini.

parmesan roasted zucchini and tomatoes served with roasted shrimp


     I love  the flavors and textures from the Italian sausage and summer veggies sheet pan supper, so I thought I would do a twist on that to make it a side dish. Of course a nice big handful or two of Parmesan never hurt, so I tossed that on as well.

     The veggies came out with a great texture and loads of flavor and the melted cheese really added something.  I could honestly sit down with a huge plate of this and call it dinner.  Little Dude had been craving shrimp, however, so I roasted some yummy shrimp to serve with it. Oh the sacrifices we make!

     So next time your garden is burying you in zucchini and tomatoes, be sure to pull up this recipe. It is going to make you beg for more!


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Parmesan roasted zucchini and tomatoes
side dish, vegetables,
American
Yield: 6 servings

Parmesan Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes

Turn those fresh summer vegetables into a delicious side dish the whole family with love. Parmesan roasted zucchini and tomatoes is simple and delicious!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 40 mins

ingredients:


  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 small yellow summer squash
  • 3-4 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Slice zucchini about 1/4 inch thick and halve cherry tomatoes.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper. Toss veggies to coat and let sit for a few minutes. 
  4. Spread over the prepared sheet pan and sprinkle liberally with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes. 
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38 comments:

  1. I lOVE that you put 3 of my favorite summer vegetables together on one fabulous Sheet pan side. Heck, I could almost make my dinner out of this!! YUM!! off to the farmer's stand I go!! happy Monday!

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    1. I could too! We'll have to make two pans and get together!

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  2. What a great way to use two of the items that always seem to grow in abundance. YUM

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    1. That was my inspiration; what to do with all of the veggies sitting on the counter?!

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  3. Love roasted veggies, and parmesan makes everything better :)

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    1. A healthy sprinkle of Parm can definitely do wonders!

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  4. We always have a plethora of cherry tomatoes! Love this!

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    1. We do too, so it's great to have some fun ways to use them!

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  5. My word those plants are huge! I'm sure Little Dude had a great time helping out with the growing process. The dish looks like fresh cheesy goodness and perfect as a side to so many things.

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    1. Aren't they crazy? He is extra proud of his plant and loves getting tomato snacks while he's playing!

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  6. I'd be content to have a bowl of just this for dinner.

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  7. Those are some huge plants! Great tips to keep in mind for next year...

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    1. Aren't they? I think we finally have a system that we love!

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  8. I'm very jealous of your tomato plants! This recipe sounds simple and delicious.

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    1. We usually have really good luck with tomatoes, but these last few years we have really found a system for planting, caging and picking that we love!

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  9. That melty cheese goodness makes me want to dive right in!

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  10. Roasting just makes everything better! This looks awesome!

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  11. I will be going out to buy some shredded parmesan you realize right???? :)
    THanks for sharing at our Celebrate 365 Blog Party!

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    1. It will be worth the effort, I promise!

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  12. This looks so good carlee! We do the same with our cherry tomatoes too, they rarely make it into the house.

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    1. We probably eat a few dozen and day while standing out there!

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  13. I love that Little Dude has his own tomato plants. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a plant grow and produce. I can't believe how big your tomato plants are, but I love them. This dish sounds like a great way to use up some of that zucchini. Thank you for sharing. I hope that you are not having as hot of weather as we are.

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    1. It does make it extra special when you took a seed from plant to produce. Thank you!

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  14. I love that I have everything I need to to make this dish right now! My garden is overflowing with both zucchini and tomatoes.

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    1. Isn't that the best when you can make something without having to go to the store?

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  15. I don't think I have seen tomato plants that big! WOW! Love the recipe and I am looking forward to trying it!

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  16. This is a perfect recipe for all those amazing summer vegetables.YUM!

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  17. I love Zucchini and tomatoes. The flavors you have blended are so good, simple and delicious! I could much on these all day!

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    1. I could too, they were so tasty. Thanks!

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  18. I'm loving all those colors!! And I'm always looking for a good side dish to make with squash.

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  19. This is a great garden to table recipe that we will really enjoy! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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  20. Hi Carlee, your tomato plants are monsters!. I'm worried they are going to try to take over the world!... Our tomatoes and cucumbers are coming to an end now, they never seem to last past August, it's just too hot I think... At the moment corgettes are in a bundance in the supermarket and I still have cherry tomatoes on the plants. Anything covered inmelted cheese is a winner in this house.

    xx

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