Posts tagged ‘Zucchini’

September 1, 2011

Beef It Up

Who doesn’t want to save a buck?  And why not make a healthy choice while you do it?

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Meat can be expensive.  If you are a conscious meat eater, and buy local, sustainable, grass fed beef, it can be even more expensive.  So let’s get you some money back!

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Go get yourself one of the cheapest summer veggies:  zucchini or squash.

In my case it’s a squazinni (very technical term) and it was from my garden and practically free.  If you don’t garden, don’t fear.  I’ve seen these fast growing veggies at roadside stands 5 for a dollar and just sitting by people’s mailboxes next to a sign that says free!

Cut it into small cubes of approximately the same size.  Toss it in with some browning meat.

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Next, chop up some onion.  It’s also free if you garden!  Don’t let anyone tell you not to start onions from seeds.  They may not be gigantic, but they are tasty and numerous.

Toss them in with your meat too.

Ta Da!  You have twice as much bulk at half the cost.  Zucchini takes on other flavors quite well.  It beefs up your plate and your wallet.

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After your beef and veggies are cooked, sprinkle over whole grain tortilla chips.  Top with cheese and hot peppers!

Hot peppers are another fast and easy growing veg.  You can even grow them in a pot.  My jalapenos and banana peppers have exploded, so I piled them on!

Heat in a 350 degree oven until melty.

tomato

While your waiting for the melting, chop some tomatoes from the garden.  Break out the leafy greens too!

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Lickety split you have a reasonably price dinner that can feed an army.  Who says it doesn’t pay to garden?!

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What are some of your money saving tips?

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July 11, 2011

Summer Cravings

It’s hot hot hot here in central Pennsylvania.  Like, I’m going to jump in a pool with my clothes on, hot.  Since I don’t have regular access to a pool, I have to settle for craving summer foods.  Nothing says summer more than this spread…

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Can you believe this was intended for just two people?!  We have lots of leftovers!

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Of course we had to have zucchini and yellow squash.  Gotta use ‘em up!  They were grilled as usual with olive oil and lemon pepper.  The corn got the same treatment.

And then there were the hot dogs.  I have eaten only a handful of hotdogs in my life.  They just aren’t my thing.  But I was craving super salty and a hot dog sounded just right.  Odd, I know.  I just really wanted one.  And alongside all the fruits and veggies, it really was no crime.  Everything in moderation I say!

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Despite craving salt, I also felt I needed major hydration.  Watermelon is just so satisfying in the summer heat!

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While Steve was outside being the grill master, a couple of little apricots were staring me in the face.  They were screaming, eat me!  I had to oblige!  Apricots are one of my favorite fruits and the season for fresh is just too short.  Chard is also very abundant in the garden right NOW.  Obviously they had to be combined to make this beauty.

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Some of the best recipes come from forced pairing of foods.  For this perfect duo:

  • sauté chopped chard stems and onion until tender
  • add apricot chunks and heat through
  • add chard leaves at the end just to wilt
  • drizzle honey, toss, and serve

It’s beautiful and tasty!

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Do you have food cravings?