“Don’t feel like you have to follow someone else’s recipe.”  Ingrid Nilsen

Time for a side dish.  In my world that would not be a vegetable that is simply boiled and buttered, unless I’m living with a lack of enthusiasm.  Roasted is OK, and often my preference when I don’t have time to fuss.  But right now I was looking for something more in the guise of comfort food.  What could be more comforting than something warm, and baked, and cheesy with a crusty top? No, I’m not describing anyone that I know personally.


2 T ghee or coconut oil

3 medium zucchini cut into 1/4 inch slices

1 onion finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 t thyme, 1 T if using fresh

1/2 cup heavy cream or canned coconut milk

1 T coconut flour

1/4 t salt

1/2 cup shredded Romano cheese, divided

1/2 cup ground golden flax seed


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Grease a 2 quart baking dish.

Melt the ghee or coconut oil in a large skillet on medium heat.  Cook the zucchini, onion, garlic, and thyme for about 5 minutes.  Stir while it’s cooking.  If you’re bored while stirring you can ask yourself trivia questions, such as, what was the name of Hopalong Cassidy’s horse?

Add the cream or coconut milk along with the coconut flour and salt and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in HALF the cheese.

Place in the greased baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and ground flaxseeds.  Bake 10 minutes until golden brown.


Well this turned out anything but crunchy.  Probably because I couldn’t find the grated Romano at the store so I bought a chunk of Romano and put it through its paces in my Ninja chopper.  I did try this, however, with a few Mahogany Chicken Wings on the side (see February 18) and it and the wings were delicious.  I shall make this again!  Quick, easy, and delicious!

Note to self and the rest of the world.  It’s easy to grind golden flaxseeds in that old electric coffee grinder that you never use anymore because the noise it makes early in the morning is annoying.  Ask me how I feel about grinding my own coffee.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Grandma Pat View All →

Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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