In this sweltering heat, if the thought of standing over your stove sautéing, steaming or baking any of your veggies makes you want to head to the nearest fast food or take-out counter, consider grilling at least some of your vegetables. In the time it takes to grill some hot dogs or a steak, you can have wonderful, tasty treats. (more…)
Welcome to Summer Squash season! As you may have noticed already, summer squash appears in a variety of shapes and colors, the most prevalent being the well-known green zucchini, the straight or crooked necked yellow squash, and the round, flat, often scalloped edge, patty pan squash. All these varieties are tender, warm-season vegetables that differ from their fall and winter cousins in that they are selected to be harvested while still immature. Thus, the entire vegetable, rind, flesh, and seeds, can be eaten. (more…)
This recipe is from Gourmet magazine and can be found on epicurious.com. It requires lots of chopping, but is relatively easy. I generally double the recipe when I make it, because it goes very quickly. Note that the lentils may need more cooking time, depending on whether you have pre-soaked them or they are dry. Buy the pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joe’s to save time! Serves 2 generously. (more…)
From the Washington Post, here’s a delicious summer squash and onion dish. The variety to use here is the pale yellow crookneck squash, but yellow zucchini (or a mix of green and yellow zucchini) will also be fine. Small to medium-size squash work best. Because they typically contain less water and fewer seeds, they will contribute more flavor and texture to the dish. Serves 4.