Zucchini Rice Gratin

1 ½ cups leftover cooked rice
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
3 plum tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
5 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped scallion greens
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon chopped thyme
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided

Preheat oven to 425F.

While rice cooks, toss zucchini and tomatoes with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt and spread out an a rimmed baking sheet. Roast vegetables, turning once halfway through roasting, until tender and light golden, about 10-15 minutes. Leave oven on.

Stir together cooked rice, scallions, eggs, thyme, 1/2 cup cheese, 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Spread half of rice mixture in a shallow 2-quart baking dish, then top with half of roasted vegetables. Spread remaining rice, then top with remaining vegetables. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake until set and golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Easy and delicious! I used a 6 quart slow cooker.

Stew:

1.5 lbs skinless boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
2 ribs celery, diced
4-5 carrots, cut into half inch chunks
a few sprigs fresh herbs like rosemary and oregano OR 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
3 cups approximately, chicken broth (preferably home made)
1 tablespoon potato starch

Dumplings:

1/3 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup gluten free flour (I used King Arthur’s)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil or melted butter
1 egg, beaten
2-3 tablespoons water or milk

Put the vegetables and herbs into the slow cooker and top with the chicken thighs.  Pour in enough chicken broth to just cover the meat. Cook on high for 5-6 hours.  Remove 1/4 cup of liquid and set aside to cool.  Shred the chicken meat (I usually just reach in with tongs and pull the meat apart).  When the reserved liquid is cool, stir in the tablespoon of starch and dump it back into the cooker and stir.  Taste the stew and add salt and pepper to taste.  In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the dumplings.  Stir in the oil and the egg.  Add just enough liquid to make a very thick but not stiff batter.  Drop the spoonfuls of batter onto the hot liquid. Place the cover on the cooker and let cook another 20-30 minutes until dumplings are done.  Serve hot.