Checkerboard Vegetable Squares

Recipe by sexymommalucas
READY IN: 45mins


  • 1
    cup cottage cheese (can also use ricotta cheese)
  • 1 12
    cups saltine crackers, coarsely crushed (approximately 25 crackers)
  • 1
    teaspoon dried fine herb (Herbs of Provence or Italian Herbs)
  • 2 -4
    tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3
    medium yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • 1
    (10 ounce) package fresh spinach
  • 3
    medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 4
    slices mozzarella cheese, cut into strips


  • Combine first 3 ingredients (cottage cheese, saltines and fine herbs) in mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add squash slices, and saute 5 minutes. Spoon into a lightly greased 8 inch square baking dish.
  • Spread half of cheese mixture evenly over squash slices.
  • Place spinach in skillet and saute 3 minutes, adding 1 tablespoon butter if necessary to prevent sticking. Spoon spinach evenly over cheese mixture.
  • Spread the remaining cheese mixture evenly over spinach layer.
  • Slice tomatoes into 9 equal pieces. Saute, just enough to soften slightly. Layer them on top of the second cheese mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Arrange mozzarella cheese strips on top to resemble checkerboard, and bake 10 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes: cut into squares. Serve immediatly.