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Friday, October 7, 2011

vegetable bake -- gluten free + dairy free

and so the summer is slowly slipping away (or may have already done so depending on where you live). my CSA (community supported agriculture) share ended and i've sunk into a vegetable depression. i can't believe i'm no longer going to have a bundle of veggies waiting for me each weekend at the farm. i'm going to miss all of the fresh, organic deliciousness and am dreading shopping in a grocery store again. yuck. fortunately, a few local farms will continue to share their abundance though out the year - thankfully - due to the fact they have greenhouses onsite. to name a few (lucky me - both are within minutes of my office) - jay hill farm and cure organic farm.

it may sound as though that i'm a summer fanatic - don't get me wrong - i love, love, love the fall. its perhaps my favorite season. and some of the fall time yummies like winter squash are not to be scoffed at - but i'm going to miss fresh tomatoes and summer squash. i bid them adieu with this homage to summer - a vegetable bake. over the course of the past few months i made it at least once a week - in an effort to use up all of the vegetables that i received in my share. the colors are captivating and the taste - unreal. this dish is extremely versatile, and i often substituted different vegetables, depending on what was included in my share.

cutting board of color
before i delve into the recipe - a side note on what i'm up to - i'm getting ready to pack my bags this weekend and head to NYC for a conference next week. i'm excited to get back there. its my favorite city in the world and i'm going to get to see my best friend, liz, author of once upon a tomato. the conference ends on friday and her and i are staying on the following weekend to hang out in the city. our grandiose plans include shopping, going to museums, walking, talking, perusing chelsea market, drinking good coffee and OF COURSE eating, eating, eating. i've already got a plethora of gluten free + dairy free restaurants/bakeries on our list of places to visit. i'll be sure to take some pics and recount the trip in the upcoming weeks.

bake of summer beauty

vegetable bake

  • 2-3 large tomatoes - cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 3 small-medium potatoes - cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 yellow summer squash - cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 zucchini squash - cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 medium onion -  cut into 1/4 inch rings
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped herbs such as basil, oregano, thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
preheat oven to 375 degrees. meanwhile heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan over medium heat - add in onion rings and cook 6-8 minutes, or until they are translucent and beginning to brown. transfer onions to bottom of a 9x9 oven safe baking dish. arrange sliced tomatoes, potatoes, summer squash and zucchini in alternating rows on top of onions. drizzle with remaining olive oil - then scatter fresh topped herbs on top and season with salt and pepper. cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. remove aluminum foil and bake another 30 minutes or until vegetables are cooked thoroughly.

don't have the above ingredients? don't worry. substitute in various types of veggies! i often add in eggplant instead of zucchini. get create and customize this one to your liking.

the tasty alternative


  1. yum

    veggie bakes are favorites around our house
    and the colors are so visually appealing

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


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  3. I love the way you layered these in the dish. You should try to find Jerusalem artichokes/Sun chokes next time you hit up the farm stand. I almost forgot about them and saw some at the Union square farmers market when we were there.

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