I love zucchini, but it’s not my hubby’s favorite vegetable. But MJ Compton is sharing her Zucchini Solution recipe which I think even my hubby will enjoy.
Masks of October is the first of three novellas featuring caterer Skye Schuyler. Skye’s trademark is healthy eating, and her biggest client is the local Major League Baseball team. Gone are the days when Babe Ruth couldn’t play because he (allegedly) ate too many hot dogs. Clubhouse meals have gotten much healthier as trainers and athletes better understand the connection between proper nutrition and peak performance. The challenge for the clubhouse caterers is to make the meals not only healthy, but tasty and appealing. And so one of Skye’s signature dishes in Masks of October is a zucchini and chicken dish that she serves to the team during the World Series.
I personally prefer winter squashes to summer squashes, but my husband is just the opposite. I came up with The Zucchini Solution to appease him, but to make the squash palatable to me. Skye’s dish in Masks of October is a simpler versions of The Zucchini Solution.
THE ZUCCHINI SOLUTION
©mj compton herwood
Pour about a quarter inch of olive oil in a large skillet (can use ½ c fat free low sodium chicken broth)
Add boneless skinless chicken breast that has been cut into bite sized pieces.
Season heavily with McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Chicken seasoning.
Cook over medium heat.
When the chicken is done, add chopped onion and garlic—I use a lot of chopped garlic—to the pan.
Cook for a few minutes, until the onions are translucent.
Add two medium zucchini, thinly sliced and 2 medium summer squash, thinly sliced.
Season heavily with Mrs. Dash Grilling Blends for Chicken
When squash is thoroughly cooked (15-20 minutes, stirring often) add 1 14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes.
Cook for several minutes.
Drizzle in some balsamic vinegar.
Cook for several more minutes.
Transfer to glass baking dish (I use a round quiche pan)
Top with shredded mozzarella (I use 2%)
Microwave for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
The last thing caterer Skye Schuyler needs is for her crush on sexy baseball catcher Tag Gentry to develop into something more. She craves stability and a home base. Falling for a guy who thrives on road trips will only lead to heartache. But fate isn’t following her line-up. When his team hires Skye to feed him while he recuperates from a severe leg injury, Skye struggles to remain out of play for him.
Tag’s World Series dream is shattered along with his leg and possibly his career. His only pleasure comes from flirting with Skye. He’s the one who usually calls the plays, but he can’t tell if she’s shaking him off or going for the pitch.
When Tag learns Skye is catering a Halloween party for the team’s notoriously sketchy owner, he steps up to the plate to keep Skye’s involvement from going foul. He doesn’t like batting clean-up, but he goes for the assist because sometimes a player has to sacrifice for the good of the team. And he and Skye have formed a team.
The trick now is convincing the sexy caterer hooking up can be a treat.
MJ Compton grew up near Cardiff, New York, a place best known for its giant, which inspired her to create her own fiction.
Although her 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting her husband, MJ never lost her dream of writing her own stories.
MJ still lives in upstate New York with her husband. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of her passions, and she enjoys baseball and college basketball, but she’s primarily focused on wine . . . and writing. Find out more about her books at www.comptonplations.com
See what I mean about a really delicious sounding recipe? I’m going to have to try this one. What do you think? Do you like squash and zucchini?
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