What is a gratin recipe?
“In French, the word gratin originally referred to the tasty crust left behind in a pan after baking, which was scraped off [the finished gratin recipes] and eaten as a bonus for the chef.” – cookthink.com
I’m sure those chefs were proud of their work and grateful to eat their “bonus” gratin.
I would be too if I had their talents to cook an amazing gratin.
Even though I’m not a French chef or even French-trained (unless you count my private Catholic elementary school run by a French-based convent of nuns)…
I AM A MOM and I’ve been known to scrape and eat the “bonus” or not so bonus gratin off the bottom of my kid’s plate.
I’m guessing you have too…
Luckily, every now and then, I have also found myself scraping the “bonus” gratin off of some of my new recipes…like this one a gratin recipe with chicken and zucchini!!!
I especially can’t wait to share this recipe with you because even though today’s definition of gratin is:
“cooking something au gratin can mean preparing a dish that is cooked from scratch in the oven, like a gratin dauphinois made with potatoes and cream; or combining several cooked ingredients in casserole form, like a baked pasta dish. A gratin is usually topped with grated sharp cheese and/or breadcrumbs. Adding just cream will also produce a lightly browned crust if baked in high heat. Technically, macaroni and cheese is a gratin…” – cookthink.com
Ok, I know this sounds like gratin could never be on a “healthy food” list but, this gratin recipe that I have for you is the healthiest gratin recipe you will ever eat!
Thank Goodness for a Healthy Gratin Recipe!
It’s creamy, yet dairy free and is loaded with vegetables.
So, just like we shouldn’t wait until Thanksgiving to make a list of what we are grateful for, you don’t have to save this recipe until Thanksgiving either.
You can eat this healthy, gluten free, dairy free, high protein, and vegetable filled gratin NOW and OFTEN!
This gratin recipe has the health benefits of green spinach…
Spinach is available all year round but is in season during the spring (March – June). It is well known for its nutritional qualities and has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. – The health benefits of… spinach.
After reading awesome food facts like that, I was craving fresh spinach, so I added 6 cups of fresh spinach instead of using frozen in this recipe.
Use what’s easiest for you.
Another mood changer with this gratin recipe…
I grated zucchini long with this julienne hand grater instead of getting my entire food processor dirty.
Plus, working with a more manual kitchen gadget makes me feel “grateful” I CAN grate. 🙂
It’s a little harder but I’m using my muscles, even if I didn’t go to the gym that day, it reminds me to use my muscles more.
It’s a different way to look at cooking and makes you feel even more grateful for your body and of course, more grateful for when you are in a big hurry and you have the fast (food processor) kitchen gadgets that you do have.
To start cooking this gratin recipe, I really wanted my bacon to be crispy, so I took a couple extra minutes to cook the bacon alone a bit before I added the chicken.
The first couple layers of the gratin made me realize that you could almost add as many veggies as you would like.
This recipe will be very protein rich, so challenge yourself to add more veggies every time you make this dish.
When you do this gradually, I bet your kids won’t even notice! 🙂
The top layer with my long grated zucchini made me realize that this recipe was going to look different and fun for the kids.
The crispy dish smelt SO RICH and SO GOOD that my husband and I ate some without even telling the kids. Oops!
We usually don’t do that (wink! wink!), but we just couldn’t help it and didn’t want to call the kids in from the backyard just yet.
You know how that precious time goes…
If the kids are outside, having fun and not killing each other… so you thank God and you don’t rock the boat!
So… we couldn’t help but eat one serving, and then another… before finally calling the kids inside for dinner.
Yes, the kids noticed this BIG piece was missing (oops!) but I told them I needed it for the blog! (wink!wink!)
PS – There were VERY little leftovers, but the kids didn’t care and gobbled the rest for breakfast the next morning.
I took a tiny taste the next morning and the flavors had marinated more but the gratin was no longer crispy.
And I didn’t mind that one bit! 🙂
Are you grateful I shared my Healthiest gratin recipe with you?
I’m SO grateful for YOU and that you allow me into your home to share these healthy recipes and tips with you and your family!!!
I’m addicted to cooking real foods and shopping locally at Farmer’s Markets.I am a health revolutionary who is writing this blog with a desire to “pay it forward in health”.This desire stems from love and my pursuit to make a difference in people’s health and wellbeing”.
I am a certified Transformational Nutrition Coach that helps women discover their healthy lifestyle that finally works so that they can transform into the healthy sexy and confident woman they want, and are meant to be.
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