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Sunflower Zucchini Pie

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In honor of my new collaboration with Eggland’s Best, I thought it would be fun to make an egg recipe for dinner!   I found this recipe on Eggland’s Best website.  It was created for Eggland’s Best by The Meal Makeover Moms.  I wanted to use up some zucchini and this recipe did the trick.  It was very easy to pull together and it filled the kitchen with a delicious cheesy aroma as it baked.  I like the addition of sunflower seeds; as promised, they added a pleasant crunch and are loaded with vitamin E.  (Don’t forget to toast them!  This can be done quickly in a skillet on the stovetop.)

For the first time ever I used something called “Whole Grain Brown Ready Rice.”  Though I usually try to steer away from convenience foods, in a weak moment I purchased this product, and I must say, for its purpose in this recipe it worked really well.

Serve slices of this pie with a fresh green salad and you have yourself a delicious and nutritious weeknight meal!  (Leftovers are also great!) 

Sunflower Zucchini Pie:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or a few squirts of cooking spray
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • a few dashes of dried oregano
  • a few dashes of  dried parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 large Eggland’s Best eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice 
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.

    Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

    Heat the oil (or a few squirts of cooking spray) in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shredded zucchini, seasonings, and garlic and cook until the zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside. 

    In the same skillet saute sliced zucchini about 5 minutes until softened. 

    In a large bowl place the eggs, cooked rice, cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, milk, sunflower seeds, salt, and the shredded zucchini mixture and stir to combine.

    Pour the mixture into the prepared pie plate, top with the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and zucchini slices and a few sprinkles of cheddar cheese (optional).  Bake until golden brown– about 30 to 35 minutes. 

    Note: The above photo was taken post-baking and the below photo was taken prior to baking .

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     Adapted from recipe by Meal Makeover Moms for Eggland’s Best.



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