June 17th, 2010

{recipe} Recipe Redux: Zucchini with Mint & Ricotta

So, I’m not sure that I’m using the word redux exactly right. (Um… despite having looked it up.) But I think you’ll get the point quickly.

Last week I made this yummy Zucchini Mint & Ricotta Frittata (say that 10 times fast!), which inspired this quick and easy side. All the same stuff, sans eggs. A beautiful accompaniment to, well, almost anything (though pizza or simply grilled meat immediately come to mind).

Sauteed Zucchini with Mint & Ricotta
serves 4
(can be served to kids 6+ mos)

1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
3 large zucchini, halved lengthwise & cut into 1/2″ half-moon shaped slices
1/3 c ricotta
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
salt and peper

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add zucchini. Saute until pieces are cooked through and begin caramelizing in spots.

2. Stir in ricotta, mint, salt & pepper. Cook for another 3 minutes or so, until the ricotta thickens up just a little bit (it thins out from the water that’s cooked off of the zucchini). Take off heat and serve!

5 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    Mmmm, this looks really delicious, I am bookmarking this as something I need to try!

  2. Jackie says:

    Seriously? I can feed this to my 6 month old? Do I puree it? I was looking for baby food recipes for zuchinni because I’ve been trying to feed him out of the garden and wasn’t sure what to do with zuchinni.

  3. One Hungry Mama says:

    Yes. Seriously! Well–let me caveat–if your child has no personal (or in the case of a 6 month old) familial history of food allergies.The recommendations for food introductions are changing, but many pediatricians still go by old (outdated) approaches because, well, that’s what they’ve always known and done.

    You can read more about the latest research and recommendations here: http://onehungrymama.com/2010/04/into-the-mouth-of-babes-new-series-musings-on-feeding-baby/. Basically, even the American Academy of Pediatrics now says that, again, unless there is a personal or family history of allergies, there is no reason to hold off on high allergen foods beyond 6 months.

    So, go for it! If you cook healthy, whole foods, your baby can share in the deliciousness. Just puree it up! My only personal suggestion is to keep the fats and salt to a minimum. You can always add more once you take their portion out.

    Hope this helps.

  4. Jackie says:

    Thank you so much! So much good information here. With my first kid, I didn’t introduce a lot of stuff right off the bat. He’s kind of picky now (he is 2 so he’ll hopefully outgrow it). boy #2 is already a better eater and I want to use the benefit of him being a summer baby and having all the fresh stuff available. We don’t have any food allergies in either family at all so this will be way helpful!

  5. One Hungry Mama says:

    so glad i could help, jackie. yes. go for it. summer fruits and veggies are a joy to feed the little ones. so easy! you don’t have to do anything to them and they are perfectly delicious!

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