Summer sides kill winter sides!! A few fresh, healthy vegetables tossed in a beautiful olive oil, sprinkled with garlic, salt and pepper, and grilled to perfection definitely beat winter sweet potato casseroles any day. Of course now I’m totally craving a yummy sweet potato casserole with a toasted marshmallow topping! See how that works? Ha!
My number one vegetable side is probably brussels sprouts, followed by asparagus, then zucchini and squash…I always forget about green beans. No offense to green beans, until I see them smiling up at me from their bin I always forget! So here is my favorite way to prepare them!
Garlic Parmesan Green Beans
2 cups fresh green beans
1/4 olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
Rinse, dry and snap off stringy ends of green beans.
Put beans on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet
Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
Shake and push to a single layer.
Sprinkle with chopped garlic.
Salt/pepper to taste.
Cook at 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Flip and cook another 3-5 minutes until they are brown and crispy.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh grated parmesan cheese.
Healthy, delicious, quick and easy meals do exist! Often the easy part of the recipe involves planning ahead, having the ingredients on hand, or in this case, using up what’s in the fridge!
Chop up left over vegetables to create the filling for the scooped out zucchini boats. Use what you have – I did! Carrots, celery, mushrooms, spinach would all be delicious too. The chicken can easily be left out to create a vegetarian version of the dish.
1 medium zucchini, cut in half and scoop out half of zucchini
1/2 small red onion
1/2 bell pepper, sliced or chopped
3/4 cup broccoli florets
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small chicken breast, diced
2 tbsp. olive oil
salt/pepper to taste
fresh gated Locatelli Romano
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Add olive oil, scooped out zucchini, and garlic to a hot pan.
Sauté onion, pepper, broccoli, tomatoes, and chicken.
When vegetables are cooked but still crisp, spoon mixture into zucchini boats.
Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until zucchini softens.
Remove from oven and top with grated Locatelli Romano.
Here in Western PA we are looking at warmer temperatures and hopefully no more snow!!! I look forward to cooking with Spring vegetables and making beautiful, colorful, healthy dishes. I think this was the longest winer vegetable season ever!
Ready for the pool?
Bathing Suits in less than 2 months! What A great reason to fill our bellies with healthy foods!
Quinoa is a favorite superfood, protein-packed seed grown in the Andes Mountains in South America. Packed with essential amino acids, quinoa is essential to many vegetarian and vegan diets. I often substitute quinoa for rice or pasta for an extra healthy dish!
Butternut Squash And Tomato Lemon Garlic Quinoa Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
1-1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups butternut squash, chopped
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup parsley
1 lemon squeezed
Boil quinoa in water according to directions.
Meanwhile, Heat olive oil in a large pan.
Add garlic and cook until golden and softened (3-5mins)
Add butternut squash, tomatoes, garlic and cook until heated through.
Add drained quinoa.
Top with salt and pepper and stir.
Throw in parsley and squeezed lemon.
It is hard to get back into the swing of life after a long holiday weekend! Do you have leftover hamburgers, pulled beef or pork, or maybe some grilled chicken or shrimp?
I have a quick, easy dinner recipe for you!! Dinner in less than one hour!
Cookout Leftovers Taco Soup
2-3 cups of leftover beef, pork, shrimp
1 35 oz. can whole, crushed, or chopped tomatoes
1 15.5 oz. can black beans
1 16 oz. bag frozen corn
4 cups water
1/4 cup taco seasoning (Note: you can sub chili powder if you are out of taco seasoning!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: If you have an onion and/or a pepper you can chop and throw them in. Not necessary!
Shred, chop or dice your leftover meat or fish.
Add all ingredients to a stock pot on medium heat and stir.
Cook until hot!
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese. Maybe even some leftover tortilla chips!!