Venison-Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

So, I just had to try this sausage stuffed zucchini boat recipe this evening. Only, I made some slight adjustments to the recipe. For those that like venison, then this recipe is for you. We love venison at our house, and a big thanks to my Hubby for keeping our freezer well stalked. Where this recipe calls for 8 ounces of hot Italian sausage, I substituted it with venison. The combination of the sweet Italian sausage and venison gives it a wonderful flavor. I actually make the most delicious meatballs combining sweet Italian sausage and venison. I will have to share that recipe one of these days. The other modifications I made involved the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Instead of cooking the chopped tomatoes with the stuffing mix, I placed them on top of the stuffed zucchini followed by slivers of fresh mozzarella cheese instead of shredded mozzarella.  I followed the rest of the recipe, and the results were mouth-watering. The stuffed zucchini is a meal all by itself. However, I added some roasted red skin potatoes and onions from the garden and salad to make this a very satisfying meal.

stuffed zucchini


Vegetarian Tuesday

So, it’s Tuesday, but not just any Tuesday. While I am not a vegetarian, I sometimes think I could be as much as I love eating fresh vegetables and enjoy many vegetarian dishes. However, my love of venison, fish, and seafood of all kinds runs deep, especially when the Hubby is an avid hunter and fisherman. He keeps our freezer well stocked with venison, bass, crappie, and catfish. He truly is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. But, once in a while, he will venture out of his meat and taters comfort zone and eat my vegetarian dishes. Tonight was one of those nights he lovingly nicknamed “Vegetarian Tuesday.” I’ve learned that if I make a vegetarian dish hearty enough, I get two thumbs up from him. Rice and beans is a pretty filling meal. My version is quick and easy. Add fresh veggies from the garden, and you have a feast for a king. What makes this dish so easy is that I use organic canned beans. And, I keep a good stock of brown and white rice in the freezer. I like to mix the two on occasion, particularly since I like brown rice and the Hubby likes white rice. Mix the two, and it’s quite a tasty combo. To start this delicious dish, cook rice according to package directions. Now, canned beans by themselves are okay, but my goal is to capture the taste buds as well as fill the belly. Before cooking the beans, sauté ¼ cup chopped onions and 2 cloves of garlic in olive oil. Then, add beans to the sautéed onions and garlic. To add more flavor, I used one can of organic pinto beans and one can organic baked beans. Of course, the meal is not complete without some steamed leafy greens and roasted garden goodies to make it hearty and satisfying, not to mention, packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. And bests of all, no complaints from the Hubby.

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2 cans beans (any kind)

¼ cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic chopped

Olive oil to sauté onions and garlic

Roasted Veggies:

6-8 small red skin potatoes sliced in half

1 large onion or 2 small onions quartered

4-5 cloves garlic slivered

4 large carrots sliced

3/4-1  cup snow peas

3-4 beets sliced

4 banana peppers sliced in strips

2 large tomatoes quartered (or handful of cherry tomatoes whole or sliced in half)

Place vegetables in pan lined with tinfoil.

Drizzle vegetables generously with olive oil

Sprinkle with a bunch of Fresh herbs chopped (I used fresh rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil and parsley)

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all vegetables so oil and herbs  evenly coat veggies. Cover with tinfoil.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes

Roasted done


Steam a handful of Swiss chard and beet greens until wilted

Serve with salt, pepper, and a splash of Balsamic vinegar.






Natural Goodness

In keeping with eating light and healthy now that the warm weather has arrived, I happened upon a recipe for homemade muesli. It makes for a perfect breakfast or satisfying snack. What is muesli? Well it is a mixture of nuts, seeds, fruits, berries and oats. It was originally created by a Swiss-German doctor, Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, who believed people could prevent disease by eating raw foods and daily exercise. I happened upon a recipe at Bon Appetit. While this recipe uses dried fruits, my version uses fresh berries from the garden since my strawberries and blackberries are ripe for the picking. There are many different recipies for meusli on the Internet, the combination of raw nuts and fruit are endless. It can be poured over yogurt, added as a topping for pancakes or waffles, or eaten alone as a cereal, just add milk. But, I enjoy eating it dry. This morning’s version did not include oats simply because I was out of oatmeal. Every mouthful was a crunchy explosion of sweet and tangy goodness.

homemade meusli


Handful of the following:


Almond slivers

Sunflower seeds (I like lightly salted)


Strawberries (sliced)


1 ripe banana (sliced)

Directions: place sliced bananas at bottom of bowl, top with nuts, then add berries. Now, all that’s left to do is enjoy the natural goodness.


Summertime Fresh

Picked a couple of the first ripe tomatoes today. With such an early spring, I tried my luck transplanting tomatoes earlier than usual. While I lost some, quite a few plants took off bearing fruit earlier than usual. Perfect timing, too, as today’s hot and muggy weather calls for a light and healthy meal. What better way to celebrate the first tomatoes of the season than a lovely tomato basil mozzarella salad drizzled in olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar with shrimp on the side. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and top it off with a nice refreshing madras cocktail to quench the thirst. Definitely screams summertime fresh to me!shrimp and basil tomato