Grilled veggies - cut up wedges of zucchini/summer squash, brush on some olive oil (mix a couple dashes of balsamic vinegar in if you have it), sprinkle with seasoning salt and basil - lemon pepper is also good if you like that flavor. Grill for a couple minutes on each side. (you can also slice thin and do this on the stove - can throw in some onions, green/red pepper and tomato slices for an interesting touch, too - especially on kabobs) (if you're really in a hurry, you can also do it with Italian dressing)
Marinated cucumbers - mix 1/4 cup water, 3 tbsp vinegar, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp sugar (or sugar substitute), a few dashes hot pepper sauce (optional). Slice cucumbers think and coat with mixture (also good with radishes and onions)
Super easy tomato soup for one - stick a tomato, some chopped onion, and 1/2 cup of V8 juice (or similar) in a blender and puree. Put in pan, bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper - top with cheese for an added treat!
Roasted potatoes - okay, this one isn't super nutritious, but it is super yummy - mix 1/3 cup olive or canola oil with a packet of french onion dip mix (the powder kind). Cut 4-5 potatoes into chunks, coat with oil, and bake in a cake pan for 35 minutes in a 425 oven.
In the midwest, it's never hard to find zucchini. By this time of the year, I'm usually begging people to take some because I've eaten so much. So here are some other ideas to fit some veggies in your and your family's diets! Zucchini Bread, Zucchini Pizza, and Chocolate Zucchini Cake!!
I made salsa this afternoon and my husband wanted a hot pepper from his mom's garden in it. It's been eight hours and my hands are still burning - trust me, I've labelled that one good so it doesn't get mixed up with anything I'll be able to eat! And yes, I'll remember the gloves next time!
christy and I are both back to work today. Although, for some reason, that didn't stop christy from coming up with a new account. Check