Happy Wednesday, Friends!
Today marks being home one week & I can hardly believe it. I feel like part of my heart (& schedule) is still in China!! Thank you SO much for bearing with me as I adjust to my normal routine & hopefully start a few new positive habits!
Today’s Wednesday in Word will look a little different as I am joining Rachel for the Bread & Wine Project!
To catch you up a bit, The Bread & Wine Project is a recipe link-up of sorts. It’s a time for us to come together & discuss the book Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist while also sharing our favorite dishes and desserts! For more information visit Rachel’s blog to learn all about it!
Generally every time I think of sharing a recipe it’s a dessert or something sweet. In an effort to change it up a bit, I’m sharing one of my all time summer favorites!
Zucchini has to be my all time favorite vegetable! It can be baked in bread (there’s my sweet tooth again), sautéed with butter, or even eaten right out of the garden! It’s such a versatile dish, just like this recipe!
Mrs. Dash Seasoning
**When purchasing your zucchini, you’ll want to choose the smaller, more tender ones. I usually bake four of the smaller ones for four people. You may also choose two to three of the larger ones (as pictured above) to cook for four people. When in doubt, the more the merrier! Cook an extra one to make sure you have enough…and trust me, it’ll be eaten!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut zucchini into chips.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this. I love the thin and crispy chips but the thick ones are great too!
Place chips in a gallon zip lock bag & shake with olive oil.
I am one of those cooks who add ingredients by eye – I know it’s a really terrible way to cook but this recipe is so easy you won’t mess it up! Just make sure that you add enough olive oil to coat both sides of the zucchini chip.
Layer zucchini as even as possible on a baking stone.
To bake my zucchini chips, I use a baking stone with sides. This keeps all the extra oil from running into the oven. A round baking stone will work also, you’ll just want to remove as much excess oil as possible. In a bind, a metal cookie pan will work also.
Season with Mrs. Dash & bake for 20 minutes.
I use a vegetable seasoning from the Amish but it’s very similar to Mrs. Dash. I’ve made it as listed or just baked with fresh cracked sea salt & garlic powder – it’s delicious every way! I encourage you to try it this way first but then, make it your own!! Add the seasonings you like best…it’ll be delicious!
Remove from oven, flip zucchini chips, & add parmesan cheese. Bake for another 15 minutes.
Serve Warm & Enjoy!
My favorite way to serve these is to throw them in the oven when we have a house full of guests grilling out. They’re quick, easy, healthy & yummy – what could be better?!
This month’s discussion from the book is:
How do you make your table a safe place for guests that come into your home?
For me a safe place is somewhere that I can relax, I am conformable, & all my cares have gone out the window. Ya know, that feeling you get when you’re in your favorite spot with a great book & a cup of coffee? Or the beach? Maybe it’s your grandmother’s home or sitting next to your best friend. That’s what safe is to me & that’s what I want my guest to feel at my table.
Safe is not having all your needs satisfied, rather it’s being content with where you are. Knowing that the world is happening around you, but somehow at that place, at that moment, you don’t have to worry about. I think that to provide that in my home means putting down the cell phones, turning off the TV, focusing on the here and now. I am sure that cookies & coffee would make a lot of bad things go away too…but they aren’t totally necessary.
To make one feel safe, love has to be present too. Wether it’s in the form of a laughter or tears, feeling safe means freedom to be, feel, & love. Feeling safe, content, & present is so challenging in this day in age & I think that’s why it’s so critical we provide those safe places for our friends & family – for The Spirit – to dwell.
I have to say, if you aren’t/haven’t read this book…you need too. The words are so convicting & incredibly encouraging at the same time. I feel like I am apart of the stories and I want my home to be filled with love & laughter like she describes.
Thanks for joining me today!