Monday, August 22, 2011

Recipe Feature...3 meals in one post!

I've been away all week I find the post ideas have been piling up...

I was about to make 3 posts with a lot of details about each meal.  Instead...I want my readers to get the most bang for their buck.  Here is a post that features 3 hit meals from the past week.  All were delicious.  Some were planned, some were accidental...some used recipes, some were made up on the spot.

Here are the delectible servings of seasonal, easy and CHEAP meals (they all required at least ONE ingredient that DIDN'T come from the backyard).

Dinner last Sunday, some for family and some for friends

Aubergine & Courgette Bake

1 large eggplant
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
2 lbs tomatoes (peeled and chopped)
a handful of fresh basil leaves (chopped)
1 Tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
2 zucchinis (sliced lengthwise)

whole wheat flour for coating
shredded mozzarella
parmesan cheese

1.  Slice the eggplant, sprinkle with salt and set aside for 45-60  min.
2.  Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.  Fry the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes until softened.  Stir in the tomatoes, half the basil and the parsley.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, for 25-35 minutes until sauce has thickened.  Mash the tomatoe to a pulp.
3.  Rinse and dry the eggplant.  Dust the eggplant and zucchinis with the flour.
4.  Heat more olive oil in another frying pan and fry the eggplant slices and zucchini slices until golden brown.  Set aside.
5.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter an overproof dish.  Put a layer of eggplant, the zucchini in the dish, pour a layer of sauce and scatter with some mozzarella.  Sprinkle over most of the remaining basil and parsley.  Repeat the layers, ending with mozzarella.  Sprinkle with the parmesan and remaining herbs on top and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Serve at once.
(REF:  The Complete Encyclopedia of Vegetables and Vegetarian Cooking, by Roz Denny & Christine Ingram, 1997)

Saturday Lunch at Home

Swiss chard noodles with Pesto sauce

a dozen large leaves of Swiss chard, sliced in long lenths
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion cut in lengths
2 cloves garlic crushed
handful of basil leaves
a tsp of parmesan
handful of cherry tomatoes as topping
whole wheat bagels toasted with butter & a dash of parmesan
S & P

Fry up the onions and walnuts in some of the oil.  Add garlic and chard and simmer.  Grind salt over the whole mess.  Add basil and some of the parmesan.  Heat and serve in bowls with cherry tomatoes and toasted bagels.  Top greens with more parmesan.  

Dinner on Saturday night

Squash and Tomatoes on noodles

1 Flying saucer squash
1 pit red and black cherry tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 cups chopped chicken breast
2 tbsp fresh oregano and parsley
2 tbsp olive oil
spaghetti noodles
shredded cheddar
S & P

Microwave the chopped flying saucers for 2 minutes.  Fry up the heated squashes in olive oil until browned.  Add garlic and chicken and simmer for 5 min.  Add sliced cherry tomatoes, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper.  Simmer a 5 more minutes.  Serve over noodles and top with shredded cheddar. 


These meals were a hit each time.  Each dish hit a different flavour of the season.  The first recipe was wonderful but WAY too much oven and frying for a hot summer day.  I could see me making that dish and freezing it for a fresh taste of summer in the mid-winter season (not sure how these ingredients would stand up to freezing...but worth a shot!).  The second two recipes were completely made up from stuff we needed to eat up.  Both required a minimal amount of frying and served up hot and fresh.  

If you wonderful readers make this dish, let me know, post a pic of your creation on my facebook page!  Lets all share our accomplishments.  

That's me...saving the planet one low carbon footprint meal at a time... 

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