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Easy and Delicious Zucchini Casserole

Updated on October 8, 2014
My apologies for the blurry photo; I'm not the best at photography. But the zucchini casserole really is delicious!
My apologies for the blurry photo; I'm not the best at photography. But the zucchini casserole really is delicious! | Source

Baked Zucchini & Rice Casserole

A quick, easy, and yummy vegan baked zucchini dish. It's great for dinner time as a main course or a side dish. Inexpensive and healthy, too!

I'm not a vegetarian, so if I love this vegan recipe, you know it has to be good!

How this zucchini recipe was born

This year I've been working on improving what I eat. My initial inspiration was a web page I wrote about living to be 100. The two biggest factors for lengthening your life, according to the research, were exercise and eating the right kinds of foods.

So I'm eating more vegetables and trying to severely restrict the white flour, white sugar, white rice, and potatoes that I eat. And I'm loving the results! I'm feeling really good, my appetite is more stable, and I haven't had any of those hypoglycemic headaches that I used to get if I got too hungry.

I was looking for a quick meal that I could make for myself without spending much money. I picked up a zucchini at the grocery store and put it together with ingredients that I happened to have in the house. I had cooked a large amount of brown rice earlier in the week so that I would have it ready anytime I wanted to use some. So all I did was slice the zucchini and some onion and put everything in the oven.

I was just hoping for something reasonably edible, but what I got was something absolutely delicious!

I'm not a vegetarian; I eat meat and dairy products. My usual inclination for a dish like this would be to put some cheese in it. But I was preparing for a choir concert and the choir director had asked all of us to abstain from dairy for a week. So no cheese. But even though it was cheeseless, the casserole was so yummy that I'm going to keep on making it just the way it is as a delicious vegan recipe!

My sons holding a zucchini that we grew in our garden in 2008.  You won't need one this big to make the casserole!
My sons holding a zucchini that we grew in our garden in 2008. You won't need one this big to make the casserole!

Have you ever grown your own zucchini or squash?


If so, you know how bountifully it grows. Sometimes it will take over the garden to the point where you feel like you have the solution to world hunger -- Just invite all the hungry people in the world over to my house to pick up some squash!

You can never have too many squash and zucchini recipes!

Easy Baked Zucchini & Rice Casserole
Easy Baked Zucchini & Rice Casserole
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4 as a main dish

Ingredients

  • Basmati brown rice (1 cup uncooked = 2 cups cooked).
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini
  • 1/2 of a medium-sized onion (approx.)
  • a handful of raw nuts or seeds (chopped pecans are terrific; I've also done it with pumpkin seeds)
  • garlic salt (to taste)
  • paprika (to taste)
  • olive oil (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.Slice the zucchini into those cute little disks.Slice the onion into strips.Put the rice into a baking dish, then the zucchini pieces, then the onion strips.Sprinkle garlic salt and paprika on the veggies and then mix it a little by hand without disturbing the rice at the bottom.Put the nuts/seeds on top.Drizzle the olive oil over everything.Put the casserole in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes. When you see a little browning on the veggies and nuts, then it's ready to come out.Enjoy!
4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Easy Baked Zucchini & Rice Casserole

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    • whats4dinner profile image

      whats4dinner 

      6 years ago

      Looks delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tarra99 

      7 years ago

      Mmmm looks yummy! Sadly, I'm the only one in the family that likes zucchini...but I think I'll try a smaller version just for me! :o)

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      JenniferV 

      7 years ago

      Mmmmmm~ This sounds So good!

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      hlkljgk 

      7 years ago from Western Mass

      this looks really great. i think we'll try it.

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      KokoTravel 

      7 years ago

      Sounds delicious! Let me know when it's ready!

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      Adriana 

      7 years ago from New Market

      It sounds yummy! I'll have to try it: we love zucchini and rice, so it will work out perfect!

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      oztoo lm 

      7 years ago

      Sounds great and super easy. That's my kind of dish. Love zucchini too.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for sharing your recipe. Blessed.

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      jojokaya lm 

      7 years ago

      Looks delicious..I am going to make it today. Thanks for sharing

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm, I want some of this casserole! I love zucchini so this is my kind of food.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Sounds good and all around more complete than my simple recipe. I do mine with cream / cheese / nutmeg. Love the idea of cooking it with rice, all in one dish!

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