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Summer Tomatoes

There is nothing better than fresh tomatoes in the summer! Now that they are in season you may be wondering how to best prepare them. There are tons of things you can do with them like slice them up for burgers, add them to salads, make a caprese salad and now you can try this recipe. It’s easy, delicious and yes, tastes like summer! This recipe came from the June issue of bon appétit magazine. It’s perfect for a hot night and tastes great with just about anything. I have made it 2 ways. One exactly as the recipe states with the watercress but I’ve also just made the tomatoes and omitted the watercress salad which is what I have pictured.

 

Summer Tomatoes

Serves 4-6

4 large tomatoes sliced 1/4” thick

1 shallot, thinly sliced into rings

¼ cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves

1 Tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling

Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed (about 4 cups)

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

 

In a medium bowl toss watercress with 1Tbsp each oil and lemon juice. Season watercress to taste with salt.  Mound watercress on a platter.

Arrange tomatoes around the watercress on the platter. Scatter shallots and parsley over tomatoes: drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

 

For the version pictured I only used 1 large tomato and half of a small shallot. I omitted the watercress salad but squeezed half a lemon over the tomatoes along with the olive oil, salt and pepper, shallot and parsley.

Bon appétit!

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Summer Veggie Bake

Hello Summer! It’s been a while since I lasted posted a recipe. I have to admit that I was in a new recipe funk and couldn’t come up with something interesting to share with you. We were in our easy rut of grilling our meat and veggies for dinner, Veggies Scrambles for breakfast and lunch was usually leftovers or salads since we’ve had a TON of lettuce from our CSA. However, in the last week I have tried a couple of new recipes that I am really excited to share with you because they are super easy and delicious. Today’s recipe is a Summer Veggie Bake.  We recently had a version of this at dinner party and I thought it was fantastic so I came home and tried to recreate it. I happened to have a bunch of fresh herbs on hand from other recipes and some fresh tomatoes from a local farm stand.  I think it’s turned out pretty well maybe even a little better than the one we had at the party, if I do say so myself! 😉

Give it a try and let me know what you think. What other veggies could you add to change it up a bit? Herbs?

 

Summer Veggie Bake serves 4

1 large organic yellow squash

2 small – medium organic zucchini

2 tomatoes

1-2 shallots

Fresh basil, parsley, and oregano

Salt and pepper

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Grease an 8×8″ pan. (I freeze the butter wrappers so I used that to lightly grease the pan.)

3. Thinly slice the tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash into rounds. Also, slice the shallots so they create thin rings.

4. Chop about 1/4-1/2  a cup each of fresh basil, Italian parsley and oregano.

5. Place a layer of tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash in the pan. Top with some shallots and herbs and a dash of salt and pepper. Continue to layer in the pan until you are out of ingredients.

6. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.

7. I cut the 8×8 dish into quarters and served a slice to each of us. You can top with Parmesan cheese if you would like.

Note: I would make my slices thinner the next time I make this dish. It still tasted yummy but it would layer a little better and cook more evenly if they were more uniform.

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Cabbage and Beef Bake

I like casseroles. I’ll admit it. They are easy to make, usually have all our protein and veggies in one dish and we usually have leftovers. You can’t beat it!

About 2 years ago my friend, Stacy sent me this recipe which was one that her grandmother used to make. As she said, “it’s an oldie but a goodie!” I made it the original* way several times until we realized that Dr. Court’s digestive system can’t handle spicy food. At first, I was really disappointed because this is one of my favorites but then I started playing around with it. I have made it so many ways based on what we had in the freezer and pantry. I’ve made it with turkey burger, added shallots, used tomato sauce instead of tomato paste but the following version is what we have decided we like best. You’ll notice that this recipe contains rice. While we don’t normally eat much rice or grain we do have some once in a while.

Cabbage and Beef Bake

1 lb of ground beef (organic, grass-fed if possible**)

1 medium onion, diced

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and diced

4-5 cups of shredded cabbage

1 can tomato paste

1 can of diced tomatoes

1/2 – 1 can water

3 Tbsp of wild rice

1 pkg of frozen spinach or fresh spinach chopped

1 tsp of garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large skillet brown the burger with onions and garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

While the meat is browning use a food processor or a knife to chop up 4-5 cups of cabbage (about 1/2 of a large head of cabbage). Place the cabbage in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and lightly salt and pepper the cabbage.

Once the burger is done add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, garlic powder, rice and spinach and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

Spoon the beef mixture over the cabbage. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour. Enjoy!

*Original Recipe:
Preheat oven to 325.  Brown 1 lb ground chuck, 1 chopped onion in 1 Tbsp. oil.  When browned, add in 1 can tomato soup, 1 soup can of water, 1 can drained rotel tomatoes, 4 Tbsp uncooked long grain rice, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a lightly greased casserole dish, place 4-5 cups of shredded cabbage and then spoon beef mixture over cabbage. Cover tightly with foil and bake x 1 hour.

** There are a number of CSA’s available locally which allow you to buy beef in bulk making it more affordable. For more information please contact the office. To find a farm near you check out: westonaprice.org.

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Burgers and Grilled Portabella Mushrooms

Every Sunday we try to prepare a bunch of food to ensure that we always have good, healthy options available during the week. We have found that this is a great way to stay on track. It keeps us from eating something that’s not very good for us or skipping meals. One of our favorite things to eat when the weather is nice is burgers. We tend to make a whole bunch of them on the grill because they make great lunches, dinners, snacks…you name it. But, we don’t make plain burgers. I try to load them up with as much stuff as possible and I’ve found that loading them up makes them really good! Now, you might be thinking, “Burgers? But I thought you didn’t eat bread?” We don’t eat bread. We don’t use a bun. Oh, we have all the toppings like pickles, tomato, onion, avocado, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise but, no bun. I do it so much I forget that most burgers come with buns and usually have to ask the waitress for no bun when I order them in restaurants. Yup, I’m that girl! I love burgers but don’t love the way buns make me feel.

Here’s the thing with my burgers, they are never the same but I think that’s why we love them so much. Let me know what you think. There are tons of varieties to make. Sometimes we add chopped portabella mushrooms, shredded zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, feta or blue cheese to name a few.

 

Spinach, Red Onion, Garlic Burgers

2 lbs ground beef (preferably grass-fed, organic)

¼ of a large red onion, finely chopped

1 package of chopped frozen spinach, defrosted (I usually recommend only fresh veggies but this works great for the burgers)

4 cloves garlic, finely minced (or as much as you like)

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Mix with your hands.

Make patties. (2 lbs will make ~8 hearty burgers)

Once the patties are made and lying on a platter, sprinkle them with a bit more salt and pepper.

Grill to your preferred level of doneness. (We like ours medium.)

Enjoy!!

Serve with grilled portabella mushroom caps and a green veggie.

 

Grilled Portabella Mushroom Caps

4 large Portabella Mushroom caps

2-4 Garlic cloves, finely diced

Butter

Salt and Pepper

 

Place the mushroom caps on a platter.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add equal servings of garlic to each cap.

Place ~2 tsps of butter divided 3 ways in each cap.

Place on the grill until the mushroom caps are tender.

If you place your burger on top of the mushroom and load it up with toppings you’ll also forget that you used to eat buns with your burgers!

 

For more information on why we don’t eat buns check out these posts:

The New Food Guide Pyramid

Why Eat a Paleolithic Diet?

What’s all the hype over wheat and milk allergies anyway?

For more information about salt check out this post:

Big Bad Salt- take that with a grain of salt…

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