by Laura Passard Yurko
I have been struggling for inspiration to write. Maybe I'm over-thinking (wouldn't be the first time). But tonight while chopping some lovely zucchini it hit me: Write about Dinner!
While oftentimes our evening meal is from the freezer section at Trader Joe's or our favorite Mexican restaurant, when I plan and cook I feel amazing. And when they clean their plates and reach for seconds I give myself a little A+ for the day and go to bed feeling accomplished...successful...
...even if the dishes don't get done until morning.
So, here are some of my favorite recipes using Late Summer Vegetables and a few tips on getting your family to eat them:
Late Summer Produce: Tomatoes, Corn & Zucchini
Summer Stir Fry w/shrimp This was tonight's dinner, pictured above.
I diced the zucchini and served this with some creamy polenta instead of sprinkling with cheese.
Baked Eggs in Tomatoes
Note: I can't bear to toss the tops so I cut them up and make fresh tomato sauce the next day. (put the pot of water on to boil for the pasta, saute tomatoes with olive oil and garlic until the pasta is cooked. toss with fresh basil and cooked linguine. let sit so the pasta can soak up the juices. SO GOOD!)
Tomato, Corn & Avocado Salad This salad is amazing! Serve with a rotisserie chicken and a loaf of french bread and you've got a light dinner without heating up the kitchen
Linguine with Summer Vegetables and Goat Cheese
This looks delicious, but to be fair, I haven't made this one...yet.
Zucchini, Banana & Flaxseed Muffins Sometimes veggies are for breakfast. I like to make double batches of muffins and freeze them in ziplocs. Then, 30 seconds in the microwave and a healthy breakfast is ready.
If you add fat and salt to just about anything it will taste good.
Get your children involved. I've heard this advice a million times and struggle with how best to do this. But, just the other night we had some green beans and C helped with the snapping. Once they were on her plate I didn't need to do any cajoling - each time I looked over to mention them there were fewer and fewer until they were all gone.
Reflections inspired by our weekly faith sharing and fellowship.