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Easy Garden Skillet

Easy way to use up that bursting garden, a cheesy garden skillet! Plus it can be made with turkey meatballs, #vegetarian for #meatlessmonday or #vegan! ohsweetbasil.com

A few weeks ago I posted a last minute dinner recipe on instagram that had been  amazing, as all of my recipes I don’t take the time to photograph are. We devoured it. We loooooved it. And apparently so did all of you since we got soooo many requests to post the recipe. Even Dellalo convinced us to do it again. We majorly regretted that it was too dark out for pretty pictures. I do love when simple recipes turn out so delicious that not only did you spend zero time making it, but cleanup is especially wonderful. Kind of like my husband’s amazing pan fried tortellini. It’s just like this recipe as it can easily be made for meatless Monday or with your favorite meat. Or these famous Avocado Tacos that can go from meat and avocado, to vegetarian to vegan without losing any flavor. This dish really is the perfect dish. In fact, let’s walk through its versatility and awesomeness.

Easy way to use up that bursting garden, a cheesy garden skillet! Plus it can be made with turkey meatballs, #vegetarian for #meatlessmonday or #vegan! ohsweetbasil.com

First, we had meatballs the night before. Delicious turkey meatballs that will actually be posted next week with a giveaway! I know, I’m working backwards. Anyway, I had about 6 meatballs left over and while our Meatball Subs are pretty darn fantastic I didn’t feel like something that heavy, so we decided to just throw everything in a skillet and cook it up. That’s our first favorite thing about this dish. It was an easy way to use up leftovers. As you’ll find out next week, I like to make extras of our favorites and partially cook them. Then let them cool and freeze for later use. Partially cooking them allows me to reheat without drying things out or over cooking. So, we had leftover meatballs that I threw in here.

Easy way to use up that bursting garden, a cheesy garden skillet! Plus it can be made with turkey meatballs, #vegetarian for #meatlessmonday or #vegan! ohsweetbasil.com

Which leads me to our next favorite part. You can easily make this dish vegetarian. You totally don’t have to add meatballs to make this dish amazing. Throw in more varieties of squash, peppers, whatever and you’ve got yourself an awesome vegetarian dish.

Easy way to use up that bursting garden, a cheesy garden skillet! Plus it can be made with turkey meatballs, #vegetarian for #meatlessmonday or #vegan! ohsweetbasil.com

And heaven knows you all are like us and still totally trying to work your way through gobs of zuchinni. Woohoo for a way to use it up that’s not zucchini bread, muffins or pizza!!

Easy way to use up that bursting garden, a cheesy garden skillet! Plus it can be made with turkey meatballs, #vegetarian for #meatlessmonday or #vegan! ohsweetbasil.com

And don’t forget the tomatoes. Ours were slow this year so they are finally ready to be picked and we are hurrying to get them all off the plants before a freeze hits. I love that about this meal. Whatever veggies you have in the garden or freezer you can throw in. It’s awesome!! One thing I’m totally bummed about is that we usually garnish with fresh basil which brightens the whole dish, but I was so excited to eat I forgot. So add it!!

Easy way to use up that bursting garden, a cheesy garden skillet! Plus it can be made with turkey meatballs, #vegetarian for #meatlessmonday or #vegan! ohsweetbasil.com

And finally, the gooey cheese. Gosh I love cheese. This particular kind is Galbani Mozzarella, but now that we’ve made the dish a few times I’ll add that Follow Your Heart Vegan cheese totally works great and we love to use it. That means that this dish can be vegetarian, meat eaters, or vegan!!! BOOYAH!! Plus it’s a one pot wonder and no starches so it’s easier clean up and healthier. HECK YEAH!!

What Is The Difference Between Cherry and Grape Tomatoes?

Grape tomatoes look different than cherry tomatoes.

Grape tomatoes are oblong, shaped like a grape.

Grape tomatoes are smaller than cherry tomatoes and have a thicker skin.

Cherry tomatoes are sweeter and their flesh is meatier and less watery.

Are Zucchini Good For You?

Zucchini is an outstanding source of manganese and vitamin C.

Zucchini is also a great source of dietary fiber.

It also contains vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, and phosphorus that help in boosting health.

Is Fresh Basil Good For You?

Basil promotes blood flow.

It is a good source of Vitamin A and it promotes healthy eyesight.

It has also been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory, much like aspirin and ibuprofen.

Easy Garden Skillet

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Easy way to use up that bursting garden, a cheesy garden skillet! Plus it can be made with turkey meatballs, #vegetarian for #meatlessmonday or #vegan! ohsweetbasil.com-4

Easy Garden Skillet

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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
this dish can be vegetarian, meat eaters, or vegan!!! BOOYAH!! Plus it's a one pot wonder and no starches so it's easier clean up and healthier.


  • 6 Turkey Meatballs cooked and chopped *optional
  • 1 Zucchini chopped, small to medium size
  • 3/4 cup Sugar Sweet or Sunshine Tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Heirloom Tomato chopped
  • 1/3 cup Marinara Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Basil chopped, optional


  • Drizzle a little olive oil in a skillet and heat to medium heat.
  • Add the zucchini and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Saute for one minute and add the meatballs, tomatoes and sauce.
  • Cook until the tomatoes are big and bursting, zucchini is tender and everything is hot.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and add the lid to help melt the cheese, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Serve with fresh basil and more salt and pepper if needed.


Use any vegetables that you'd like as well as dairy or vegan cheese!
store left overs in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Easy Garden Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 291mg13%
Potassium 273mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Don’t you just love throwing a bunch of leftovers and creating a masterpiece you can actually blog about?? Lol in Spanish we call that a “sambumbia”. Kinda a like a big pot of stuff with everything in it. Thanks for this post. I’ve been looking for more ways to veg up our daily meals. And I’m doing an all veggie fast this week!

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  • My boyfriend is VERY picky and only agreed to try this if we pureed the tomatoes, so I agreed and even though the tomatoes were pureed it turned out DELICIOUS. I honestly did not think it would turn out so well but I was thankfully proven wrong.
    I do have a question though. Do you know approx how many calories are in a serving?
    I’m trying to track my food intake, but I have no idea how to go about doing so accurately.

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    • Hi Amanda, I’m so glad you all enjoyed it. Unfortunately I am unsure of the calories. Sorry 🙁

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  • Your recipes look okay but you write like a valley girl! Totally over your awesomeness.

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  • AND thanks for linking to my kale salad!!

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  • pinning, saving and not forgetting this one 🙂 looks mighty tasty!

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  • Holy hat, this was delicious! I went with zucchini and summer squash, and a little sweet onion. Honestly, I was floored by the great favor! Posted on my business page, hope you see some more traffic! Thanks.

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  • This was delicious!! I used Trader Joe’s italian style meatballs and italian style diced tomatoes (1 cup) instead of marinara. I added onion & garlic with the squash and basil and oregano from the garden. Hubby and I both really enjoyed it.

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  • Oh my goodness….I am love with the melted cheesy veggie goodness you have going on here! This looks like one AWESOME dinner!!

    • Thanks Cathy! I totally agree, melted cheese changes the world. haha

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  • So perfectly cheesy!! Love this idea 🙂

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  • Phew! Thank you for the dinner idea!! Love the cheesy goodness!

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  • What a fabulous meal for those in a hurry nights!

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  • Nothing beats a summery skillet that’s filled with summer delights. Yum!

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  • Drooling over this!!! Love savory zucchini recipes!!

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    • eeeek!! It always makes my day when you leave such sweet comments. Anything you approve of makes me feel like a million buckaroos!

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  • Ummm yeah, I need this today. Looks so squishy and comforting 🙂

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    • My friend, We loved it so much we had it 3 times in two weeks. That’s UNHEARD of in a food blogger home. UN. HEARD. OF.

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  • I love recipes like this! So easy. I think the ease factor makes them taste soooo good sometimes!

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    • Oh I totally agree!! Just like how a sale somehow makes a shirt even more cute!

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  • Ohh wait a great meal for dinner. The cheese and vegetables are going to be a winner in our house.

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    • Cheese is always a winner in my book. If anything is weird I’m like, just put cheese on it. Thankfully this one is good with or without

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  • I love how versatile this is! Delish!

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    • And I love that I get to see you this week!!!!

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  • That is one tasty looking meal!

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    • Thanks Kevin, totally trying to be like you!! But seriously, I am. haha

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  • Beautiful pics Carrian! I want!!

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    • Thanks my friend! When can I see you?!

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  • This looks like a delicious and easy dinner starring garden produce!

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    • Awwwww, thanks Kalyn!!! I am so sad I haven’t seen you in forever. I need to change that!

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  • I love this! What a great way to use up some summer veggies. Pinned!

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    • Thanks, Ashley!!

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  • That gooey cheese! I lave all the gooey cheese on the fresh garden veggies!

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    • Isn’t it so yummy?!

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  • This looks so versatile and amazing! I’m in love with easy recipes that don’t require a lot of clean-up! And all those fresh summer veggies and that gooey cheese? They’re screaming my name. I think I have some leftover grilled chicken so I’ll try it soon to use it up! x

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    • Ohhh, grilled chicken will be delicious!

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Cozy Soup Recipes to Get You Through the Winter