All posts filed under: Garden delights

Southwest style stuff zucchini

Sometimes I am in a hurry, coming up with a meal in a short amount of time can lead you to cooking the same old thing or going out and not eating very healthy. With summer here, produce is abundant and this time of year is CHILE TIME. Hatch chiles can be located now almost everywhere in the states. Fresh or canned, even frozen top all other flavors. With that being said….time to make dinner. 1 over sized zucchini, sliced lengthwise, seeded and an inch cut off each end. 1 pound ground turkey or beef, chopped chicken would do as well. Fully cook and drain if needed.  1 clove smashed garlic Teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon espazote seasoning Small amount of chopped onion or some onion powder about a teaspoon 1 can tomato sauce 15 oz 4 chiles, roasted seeded and chopped, or 1 small can or 1/2 cup frozen hatch chile mild to medium. I have extra on the side for me. šŸ˜‹ 1 can whole corn drained, or in this case I had some …

Zucchini stew

Oh my, it is summer garden time and that means tons of zucchini. Wether you have it or not someone you know has it. If it is your neighbor there will come a time you start to close the shades when you see that bulging bag heading your way; or not. Grilled, fried, baked, or boiled, breaded, made into bread, fried cakes, pickles, are just several ways to prepare the little green thing. I am always scratching my head to think of something new. And by George I found it. Hope you like it.  1 medium  zucchini or twosmall ones  1 can stewed tomatoes 1/2 medium onion 1 bell pepper Wash and cut the ends off of the squash, cut lengthwise in half and again one more time. Then cut across making large bite size pieces shaped like triangles……more or less. Cook squash in some boiling salted water until almost done. Drain water off and leave zucchini in that pan. Add stewed tomatoes, chopped onion and chopped bell pepper. Put a lid on it and …

John’s potato saladĀ 

I know I’m late…..the three day weekend is just about over and you have already meal planned for today. However, summer has really just begun and potatoe salad can be served all year long. Truthfully my potato salad is not so great but John’s…….well……people think I made it and ask for the recipe. Super easy, really delicious.  6 russet potatoes pealed and cut into TWO INCH HUNKS 8  eggs  (hard boiled) Two cups of mayonnaise or more if needed 2 stalks of finely chopped celery Salt and pepper Boil potatoes hunks in salted water for ten minutes, add eggs in the shells to the same pot, put a lid on it and turn off heat. Let sit for twenty minutes. Everything will be done then. Remove hard boil eggs and place on plate or in bowl to cool. Dump potatoes in strainer to drain and rinse will cold water. Just a light rinse. Place in serving bowl and refrigerate until completely cool. When cool add mayonnaise and stir, chop celery, slice the eggs and add …

Mango salsa

Summer time is the best for fresh fruit and vegetables. Fish or shrimp seems to be a hit during the warm months…..what if we combined the two? Oh yeah baby, mango salsa is the key….it is light and flavorful and a great topping or side dish. This is a small amount if you want more salsa double the recipe. Great with grilled shrimp, fish or even chicken.  2 ripe mangos, peeled with the flesh removed and then hunked into bite size pieces 2 limes squeezed  1 bunch cilantro…..use about 1/4-1/2 the bunch washed and finely chopped  2 Serrano chiles, viened and seeded…chopped fine 1 tablespoon onion finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 cup bell pepper chopped fine 1/8 teaspoon ancho chile powder In a bowl add all ingrediants, stir and chill…..serve with grilled fish, shrimp or chicken. A great side dish too.  As always we hope you enjoy.

Black bean salsa Texas style

Summer is here and salsa, any kind of salsa is a poolside, picnic, patio treat. I will post a few to add too or eat alone with vegetables or chips, even fish, chicken or pork. This recipe has a little twist to it adding flavor and a full vegetarian feeling. So much flavor you might even want to double the batch. This is a single recipe, good for a few folks. 1 can black beans drained 1 can whole kernel corn drained 1 can black eyed peas drained 1 bunch cilantro, washed and chopped: I use about 3/4 of the bunch 3 green onions finely chopped 1 jalapeƱo, viened and seeded chopped fine 1/2 bell pepper chopped 1-2 limes squeezed around  1/4 cup juice 1 package taco seasoning mix, or your favorite taco spices use 1 tablespoon to start then add more according to taste 2 Roma tomatoes chopped 1 cup of queso fresco cheese, broken up into pieces Maybe some salt In a large bowl mix everything together but the cheese and tomatoes. Place …

Chicken and zucchiniĀ 

I bet the summer garden is in full swing. Besides tomatoes, zucchini always seems to grow well this time of year. Cooking zucchini boiled, grilled, stuffed , pickled and fried or coming up with additional ways to prepare it can drive you crazy. So the other day we wanted something light and yummy and I came up with this super easy and full flavored dish. We served it with rice….I think as a dish by itself would work too, or with pasta or another whole grain. Prep time is about 30 minutes.  Two half chicken breast fat trimmed cut into large bite size hunks 1 large can whole tomatoes or 4 fresh ones cut into hunks 1/2 shallot chopped, an onion could work too  1 teaspoon of your favorite Italian spices, oregano some Rosemary and thyme Pinch of salt 2 zucchini sliced……not super thin 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon garlic powder or two fresh cloves chopped finely Heat skillet up with olive oil, put in chicken pieces and stir. While meat is cooking chop …

Stuffed peppers with ground turkey

Trying to eat healthy…… For the most part always. Ground turkey has fewer calories than beef and a good source of protein. I buy the ground turkey I can see, not in the sausage type packaging. That turkey is just weird. You can mix this with leftover rice, white or brown even quinoa for a more healthier meal. This meal takes about an hour to prep and bake but it is well worth it.  4 bell peppers tops cut off and seeds, membranes removed, (save one top, chopped into pieces) 1 pound ground turkey 1 cup leftover white or brown rice, quinoa or other cooked grain 1/2 onion chopped  1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 small can tomato sauce (I think 5 oz) Grated parimisian cheese to top  Water Cook turkey in large skillet, add chopped onion at some point and the chopped up part of one of the pepper tops. Add seasoning and salt. Place cored peppers in large cooking dish with high sides. Add enough water to come up half way …

Sausage and peppers

      We do potluck  from time to time at our church. This time they came up with an Italian theme…..what to make besides spaghetti and lasagna? Sausage and peppers……oh yeah. Very easy, not too much time and I made extra so we could have it for dinner as well. I will reduce to amounts so it feeds two to four…..so this picture is an illusion. Haha. You can omit the pasta if you are looking for a lower carb dinner, and or use vegetarian sausage or chicken for fewer calories. The amounts show 1-2 peppers of different colors, use any combination or all of one kind. The variety adds beautiful color to the meal. 1 package Italian sausage cut into hunks 1 tablespoon olive oil 1-2 green pepper 1-2 yellow pepper 1-2 orange pepper 1/2 large onion 1 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 4 Roma tomatoes Grated parmigiana cheese for top You can add pasta and some canned tomatoes if making for a crowd or you need more food for the family. Cut …

Greek style asparagusĀ 

Spring is here and so is the grass…..we pick ours daily, forcing us to be creative with cooking methods. When making the Greek chicken I came up with this version of asparagus too. It is wonderful!  Grill pan Lemon flavored olive oil ( or lemons and olive oil)  A bunch of cleaned and trimmed asparagus 1-2 teaspoons Greek seasoning Plain Greek yogurt 1 cup 1/2 lemon squeezed 1/4 teaspoon dry mint crushed 1/4 teaspoon dry dill crushed Heat grill pan, place grass in a bag or a flat dish and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle 1/2 Greek seasoning, mint and dill on and toss. When pan is hot place grass on and cook, tossing once in awhile so it does not burn. In a bowl mix yogurt and the other half of Greek seasoning. Put in refrigerator and save for later. When grass is tender and cooked for your desired doneness, squeeze lemon juice over it. Serve on a plate with the yogurt sauce on the side.    As always we hope you enjoy If …

Greek style chicken with fennel and yellow squash

I love cooking with fennel, such a great vegetable that can be used in so many ways. It adds crunch and flavor to an already tasty dish.     1/2 cup olive oil 4 chicken boobs pounded  pretty flat 1-2 teaspoons Greek seasoning 1 fennel bulb, cleaned and sliced 2 yellow squash sliced thin 1/2 small purple onion sliced thin 1/2-1 cup Klamata olives Salt to taste 2 heads of garlic (do not peel) broken into cloves Juice of 1 lemon In a braising type pan heat up olive oil. Put cloves of garlic in, place lid on pan. Shake once in awhile to make sure they do not burn. Cook until garlic is tender and outside is slightly brown. Remove from oil and save for later. Place chicken breasts in hot oil and cook. Turning only once, add prepared vegetables, salt, seasoning and put the lid back on. Cook ten minutes or until fennel has soften. Remove lid and add olives flipping chicken over again at this time. Squeeze out the garlic from the cooked …