I’m so glad it’s finally Friday. After 5 days of being cooped up in an office, chained to my chair with eyes glued to the computer screen for hours on end I’m ready for a break.
This weekend I’ll be spending quality time with family – visiting my cousins up in New Jersey, with my parents driving down from Massachusetts and another set of cousins coming down from Montreal. I love these huge family gatherings. I look forward to them for days, weeks, maybe even months, and always have a great time with the chaos that inevitably ensues. I love the liveliness, the laughing, shouting, teasing, cooking, eating, drinking, goofing off – I love it all. Even though our ages range from 16 to 28 (not including the adults) we get along perfectly and somehow find a common language. Though the adults sometimes do their own thing, we always get together for meals. Food brings us all together, to one table, where we can sit, eating and drinking for hours. When I was little I’d usually rush through my meals to run off and play, but now I enjoy these long dinner sit ins, hearing all the stories and absorbing all the details.
With that today I share with you my vegan sauteed zucchini recipe prepared with veggies delivered to my door step yesterday morning from From the Farmer DC with the zucchini and tomatoes picked fresh off of Emily’s Produce farm. This is my second From the Farmer DC delivery and includes a different assortment of produce from the first.
This time I opened up the cooler bag to find:
- 3 peaches
- 1 cantaloupe
- bag of okra
- 3 green peppers
- 3 zucchini
- 1 heriloom tomato
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes
- 1 head green leaf lettuce
- 4 ears of corn
- 1 loaf of challah bread
I was giddy with excitement as my mind slowly started putting together a simple dinner recipe. With fresh produce though, the flavors are so strong that a simple recipe is all you need to bring the veggies to life. Sauteed zucchini is easy to make, requires only a handful of ingredients and serves as the perfect summer side dish.
You just feel the fresh vibrant flavors of the veggies in this lightly sauteed zucchini side dish and it is perfect for the warmer months!
Another reason for excitement today is that I am hosting my very first blog giveaway! Recently I was contacted by Slim Slicker who offered to give away an Amazon digital kitchen scale (one which I’ve actually always wanted myself). Slim Kicker is a diet tracker where you can turn your fitness/diet goals into a level-up game where points and rewards are accumulated by tracking healthy calories and completing challenges (ex. giving up soda for a week). You upload a photo of your reward (ex. a cheat food) and they remind you to treat yourself after you reach a certain number of points.
To enter this giveaway please leave a comment with a suggestion for a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge. Please limit your comment to 1-2 sentences. Slim Picker will pick their favorite challenge idea and I’ll announce the winner here. So start thinking up fitness ideas and best of luck! Giveaway ends next Friday, July 27th at noon EST.
A healthy summer side dish full of flavors - Vegan Sauteed Zucchini with Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 large zucchini cut into 4 sections, and then thinly sliced (1/4-1/2 inch thick)
- 1/2 large onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt pepper to taste
- 1 green onion chopped
Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
Add garlic and cook 30 seconds - 1 minutes.
Add zucchini and cook 10-15 minutes, until softened and lightly browned. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Serve sprinkled with fresh herbs or diced green onion (optional)