Dad Made Dinner

No, not my boy’s dad. My dad! Here he is with Dallas at Thanksgiving 2009.

He recreated a recipe found in the current issue of Clean Eating magazine. A couple of years back (maybe more), my dad went veggie! He has slowly incorporated some poultry and fish back into his diet. The recipe is called Beefy Zucchini Rolls, but my dad changed it into a Turkey Zucchini Lasagna.  Here is the original:

So, you can’t really read the scan, can you? That’s ok. The recipe isn’t actually that important, the concept is. Once my dad got to rolling the thin slices of zucchini, he realized that it was just too “dainty” (his word) of a dish and he wasn’t having it. Instead, he layered the ingredients, using zucchini in place of lasagna noodles. The cheese was what really held the dish together.

He even made the sweet potato fries that my husband thought were carrots!

To create pasta out of zuchinni, or any cooked squash really, you only need one tool. A veggie peeler!

Using a vegetable peeler, cut the zucchini into lengthwise ribbons. Peel off several from one side, then turn the zucchini and peel off more. Continue to turn and peel away ribbons until you get to the seeds at the core of the zucchini. Discard the core. You can also do this on a mandolin, adjusted to a very thin slice. – NY Times

How good does this look? (Hint: good.)

I should add that my parents took cooking lessons around the same time I got married. Some of our “go to” meals of childhood included:

  • broiled tuna, cheese & tomato on an english muffin
  • dry, oven cooked chicken with bbq sauce and white rice
  • cereal (still one of my favorites)
  • spaghetti (again, still a favorite)
  • pot pie

Let’s just say that back in the day, no one would have accused either of my parents of being the Next Food Network Star. Luckily for my youngest brother, who lives at home with my parents for two more months or so, their culinary skills have vastly improved. My mom can make a mean pineapple upside down cake and crisps out of whatever fruit is on hand. My dad can follow just about any recipe. Although, lately he was stumped by my new obsession over simple syrup, saying he had never heard of it before.

I’m sure I’ll have many childhood food memories to come on this blog. Why share them all at once? What did you eat growing up?

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