Zucchini and Ground Beef Bake
by Jes Mostek
serves: 5
  Similar to Eggplant Parmesan, made with zucchini. With the hearty addition of ground beef, you now have a protien-inclusive, well-rounded meal.
  2 c.   zucchini, chopped
  1/4 c.   olive oil
  1 med.   onion, chopped
  3 cloves   garlic, minced
  1 1/2 lbs.   ground beef
  3 T.   Italian seasoning
  1   egg
  3/4 c.   parmesan cheese, grated
  1 tsp.   salt
  1/2 tsp.   pepper
  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the zucchini, onion & garlic (1/2 tsp. = 1 clove) for 5-10 minutes, until zucchini starts to turn transparent.

While the zucchini mixture cools a bit, combine, in a separate bowl, the beef, cheese, egg, and spices. Then add the zucchini mixture and stir with a large spoon or your hands, until well-combined.

Transfer the zucchini-meat mixture to an ungreased 9" x 13" pan, and cook at 400 for 50 minutes.