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Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 in Our Favorites | 1 comment

Ahh…Summer

I just love summer and all of the veggies involved. Summer tastes are my favorite…fresh and delicious. Here are a few of my go-to dishes this season:

Sauteed zucchini, squash, and onion

Make a summery quesadilla: Fill a tortilla with this mixture and a little mozzarella.

Sliced tomatoes (shown with balsamic vinegar, shredded mozzarella, and fresh basil)

Other favorite preparations include tomato and cucumber salad and diced tomatoes and cottage cheese.

Boiled okra (also love it fried)

Eggplant

Coating eggplant in cornmeal

Frying eggplant slices

Finished eggplant slices

To make fried eggplant:

Peel a medium eggplant with a veggie peeler.
Slice into 1/8″ slices.
Soak slices submerged in salted water for at least 30 minutes.
Pour off water (it may be discolored).
Coat sides and edges of each slice in cornmeal.

Fry in a skillet on med-high with 2 T – 1/4 cup olive oil. Make sure the oil is hot before you put slices in. Eggplant is very absorbent, and it will soak up the oil. It is best to add oil as you go to keep the slices from burning and keep them from becoming oil logged. Cook until brown on both sides. Removed to a plate lined in paper towels and sprinkle with salt. These are delicious as a veggie side or with spaghetti and marinara sauce.

Eggplant is also great roasted. I’ve had it that way several times this summer. Prepare slices as before with soaking method. Arrange slices on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook at 400 for 30-40 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes or so.

 

Ok, so these are my favorite summer tastes. What are yours? How do you like to prepare your veggies?

1 Comment

  1. I grew up in a meat, potato, and salad family – so I rinse my salad veggies and slice. My husband grew up meat, vegetables, and cornbread. I can’t cook the veggies as well as his mother did so my way to prepare cooked veggies is to have him do it! 😉

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