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Summer's Harvest
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Summer's Harvest

There has been a bumper crop of beautiful, graceful zucchini this summer here in Kentucky.  My friend has continued to bring bags full of the lucious vegetable and I continue to find new ways to enjoy it.

One of those has been a simple saute of sliced zucchini, red onions, yellow squash and tomatoes.  The number of each ingredient depends entirely on how many people are being fed and how much of it you think will be needed.  I tend to start with one large zucchini and go from there.

Chop up (at least) one large zucchini, one large or two smaller yellow squash, half of a sweet or red onion, and two large tomatoes.  I like to scald peel the tomatoes by dropping them into boiling water for about 60 seconds, then put them into cold water.  Make a small cut into the skin before putting them into the hot water so that when transferred to the cold water, the skin can peel back more easily.  Simply remove the skins and then rough chop the tomatoes.

I like olive oil for this, which I add to a hot pan (medium high to start) along with some chopped garlic if you like.  Start with the onions and let them begin to soften, then add the two squashes. Now is a good time to salt and pepper to help get the juices running.  I cover the pan and reduce the heat to somewhere a little less than medium and then give this mixture about ten minutes.  

Uncover the pan and check for tenderness, and if it feels just about right add the tomatoes and stir.  This should have some nice juices going by now, and the tomatoes will heat up fairly quickly.  If you have some fresh basil growing, add a little of it either torn or cut into a nice chiffinade.  Stir this into the mixture and then serve.

If you want a starch with this try some nice, steaming brown rice.  It will still be good the next day, so don't worry if you have left overs.  Enjoy this hearty, summer harvest dish.


*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. aliceb
    I really enjoyed this article/recipe. It is well-written and conversational. There are some lovely zucchini on my counter right now, and I'll try this tonight. (Last night I tried the fried zucchini recipe, and while it was delicious, it was more of a treat than a meal!) Thanks for contributing a good piece!
    1. Glenna Meredith
      Glenna Meredith
      Thank you, I hope you enjoy this really simple dish. It was originally suggested to me beneath a sprinkling of cheese, however It works nicely without that. If you're not being truly vegan, a little butter with the olive oil is a nice taste addition, but like the cheese not necessary for a successful meal.
  2. Akanksha
    Welcome to The Flaming Vegan Glenna..Nice blog!
    1. Glenna Meredith
      Glenna Meredith
      Thank you so much. It's nice to be here.
  3. Veganara
    Vote no 4. Great blog, I love zucchini! I think they would also work really well in my Oxymoron Omelette recipe, which you might want to have a look at , and if you like it, please vote!
    1. Glenna Meredith
      Glenna Meredith
      Thanks, and an Oxymoron Omelette sounds intriguing ;)
  4. Akanksha
    Congrats for making it to top posts..that too with only 4 votes!
    1. Glenna Meredith
      Glenna Meredith
      Thank you so much. I'm very excited about being here and contributing, not to mention reading all of the great posts.
      1. Akanksha
        Pleasure. Will look forward to read more from you!


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