Monday, January 16, 2012

First Post New Recipe and Food Porn!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my first recipe and blog post on my new blog. Some of you may recognize me from my main blog for crafting: Sammibug's Scrap Shack. If you aren't familiar with my other blog, but are into crafting, I'd love for you to check it out! And, of course, new followers are always appreciated!

I started this blog because I am diabetic and am trying to get back into eating better to control my blood sugars. I did low carb before, for years, and it really worked for me. So, I'm back to doing it again. In addition to changing the way I eat, I've also cut out all carbonated drinks and soda - So no caffeine for the most part! Wow, talk about a big change - But that's another story.

I love looking for recipes and finding new things to try. It's the key, for me, to stay on a better plan of eating, so I don't get bored. One of the best ways to find new recipes, to me, is to pics actually be able to see pics of the foods. If the pic looks appetizing, it makes me more inclined to try the recipe.

So I hope to use this blog to share new recipes I've tried, and post pics of them, to entice you to try them too! LOL I hope some of you will become followers, so that my poor blog isn't lonely out there in blogland!

Here is the first new recipe, that I've tried in forever. It was delicious, and so I wanted to be able to share it.

This Zucchini Casserole turned out awesome!

Here, you see a pic of it, before we cut into it:

And, here is some of it on my plate: (Don't you just love my fine paper plate china?! LOL)

I'm really happy with how it turned out. The recipe calls for seasoned bread crumbs, and since its impossible for the most part to find low carb bread crumbs, I made my own I used a light whole grain bread, toasted it, tore it up into crumbs and then added my own seasonings. (I used sage and garlic powder - But use whatever you like. Even easier, if you aren't low carb and can buy store bought seasoned crumbs!)

The recipe also called for cream of mushroom soup. My husband isn't a fan of Mushrooms, so I improvised a little. I bought Campbell's Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup. It is a combination of the two, and the carb count is decent on it. It doesnt taste like mushrooms, so it works for hubby's taste. (It can be difficult to find, though. I only know of one store here that carries it.) You can use cream of chicken, cream of muhsroom soup, or the combination - Whatever works for you!

Now that I've rambled on about the changes I made- Here is the recipe. If you try it, I would love to hear what you think of it!

Zucchini Casserole


1 lb. ground beef
2-3 Zucchini, depending on size
1 onion, sliced
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp basil
1 can cream of mushroom soup, (or cream of chicken, or cream of chicken & mushroom)
1 cup sour cream
shredded cheddar cheese


Place hamburger, onions, garlic and basil in skillet on stove top. Cook till browned, drain. Spread meat mixture into 9" x 13" pan. Slice zucchini, unpeeled, into rounds, and place one layer on top of meat mixture. Top With Cheddar Cheese. Add another layer of sliced zucchini. Top With Cheese, again, if you'd like - I did. Mix 1 can of soup with 1 cup of sour cream. Poor sauce mixture over top, cover with bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed the recipe! I'd love it if you'd become a follower while you're here! And if you make this, please stop back by and let me know how you liked it!