• 2 slices bacon
  • 2 zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, sour cream and other toppings (as desired)

The flavors of a loaded side dish but without the carbs

Tales of the Dinner Belle

By Brenda Stanley

There are some meals that need a hearty and more complex side dish. When you’re serving a simple main dish like steak, chops, or fried chicken that don’t have a lot of other ingredients, it’s nice to have something a little more exciting to compliment them. So often with simple meat main dishes, I reach for potatoes as a side, but with my loaded zucchini sauté you get the flavors of a loaded baker but without the carbs that many of us are trying to avoid. You can add “toppings” as you like. This flavorful side dish is practically guilt free. And for more zucchini recipes, check out my all zucchini cookbook, “The Zucchini Houdini”.

Belle’s Loaded Zucchini Sauté’

2 slices bacon

2 zucchini, quartered and sliced

1 teaspoon dried basil

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ shredded cheddar cheese

¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, sour cream and other toppings (as desired)

Cook the bacon until crisp and then drain and crumble coarsely. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan. Add the zucchini, basil, salt and pepper and cook until the squash are tender. Sprinkle with the cheeses and heat until melted. Sprinkle with the crumbled bacon and whatever other toppings you desire.