580 Fewer Calories
46g Less Fat
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium zucchini, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg
1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated shredded hash browns (we used Simply Potatoes™)
2/3 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
6 multi-grain club crackers, coarsely crushed
2 teaspoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 7 x 11-inch casserole dish with nonstick spray.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 6 – 8 minutes. Add the zucchini, and garlic and cook, stirring until the zucchini is softened, 3 – 4 minutes. Add the flour, stirring to combine. Add the milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Stir in the potatoes until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into the casserole dish. Combine the cheese, crackers, and butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 40 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Per Serving: (Generous 1/2 cup) 141 Cal; 6 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 10 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 1 g Sugar; 131 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 338 mg Sodium; 6 mg Cholesterol
Test Kitchen Tip: A julienne peeler is perfect for cutting zucchini into thin strips. The sharp serrated blade easily creates thin strips, making it perfect for carrots and cucumbers too. You can find this handy little gadget in the housewares section of most stores.
Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Creamy Hash Brown Casserole
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen
Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network, and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.
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