Zucchini Crust Pizza

End of garden season often means thinking of new ways to use those zucchini.  Here’s one that isn’t quite like traditional pizza but still tastes good.


  • 4 cups shredded zucchini
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese
  • ½ tsp. basil


  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 lb. sausage
  • Veggie toppings to taste
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese
  1. Shred the zucchini, place in a drainer, and sprinkle with a little salt.  Let set for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees while it is setting.
  2. While zucchini is draining, fry sausage and drain excess fat from it.
  3. Squeeze moisture from zucchini.  Mix zucchini, eggs, cheese, and basil.
  4. Grease an 11 x 13 casserole dish.  Spread zucchini crust mixture into the dish.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven.
  6. Spread pizza sauce on crust. (I use my own home-canned from my garden.)
  7. Sprinkle with sausage and vegetable toppings.  Spread cheese on top.
  8. Bake until golden brown on the top.
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Macaroni and Cheese Salad

Tales and recipes from the Pantry of a Desperate, Busy Mom trying to feed a ravenous teen-aged boy. What can I quickly fix for lunch when I come home after teaching a Facebook for business class? We had leftover macaroni and cheese in the fridge because I had made a double batch the day before.  Our garden overfloweth with produce, so I mixed some fresh veggies in as well.

  • 1 box of macaroni and cheese, already prepared and cold
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 C salad dressing
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped

Combine ingredients together and serve cold.

Yes, real pasta salad is better.  Is this ideal? No. But it did taste good and fed my family.

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Pies Galore

Today was a pie baking lesson day for my daughter.  Nancy, a country cook friend of mine, showed her the fine art of making finer crust than mine.  I’m still not quite sure how she did everything better, but her pies are a work of art.  The shortening was blended more finely into the flour.  Hope my daughter learned from the master.

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Sloppy Joe Filling

You can make your own that tastes better than the commercial cans.

1 lb. ground beef

1 onion

3 green peppers

2/3 cup ketchup

2/3 cup water

2 T flour

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Chop the green peppers and onions in a food chopper so the pieces can’t be seen.  Brown the peppers and onions with the beef.  Drain the fat.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened.

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