Here’s another summer dish that’s fitting for dinner and a great one to take to a potluck… How many of you go to potlucks? It’s a regular thing here on Orcas Island. We don’t have a lot of entertainment.I think this zucchini pasta loaded with kalamatas, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and red onion should peak the interest of the paleo and plant based eaters alike! And anyone in-between for that matter.
I got this handy dandy spiralizer that I’m sure I mentioned last summer. or did I?
This thing rocks. I’m watching my zucchini plants blossom and literally can’t wait to harvest the first few baby zuchs. I cherish this anticipation and basically block out what happens after about the 100th green or yellow fruit. That’s when the livestock start doing the squash dance. Here are summer squash plants-
See those little yellow guys?
I turned about 5 medium green and yellow fruits into ringlets. It’s a good idea to salt your zucchini (about ½ tsp) and give it 20 minutes to sweat then strain it. Worst case you don’t, and you end up with some liquid to make dressing with. Chop up one can of drained artichoke hearts…
and about a half a jar of sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil. Slice onions…
And chop/slice roughly ¾ of a cup of pitted kalamata olives. I try to get artichoke hearts, tomatoes and olives by the case as it almost makes them affordable when you buy in bulk. Any one of these ingredients crank up just about anything a couple notches.
Lastly, a handful of fresh basil leaves…
- 5 medium zuchinni spiralized, cut on a mandolin or try using a julienne peeler
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 drained can artichoke hearts chopped
- ½ packed cup of sun dried tomatoes chopped
- ½-¾ cup kalamata olives chopped
- ¼-½ sliced medium red onion
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- juice of ½ lemon (throw a little zest in there too if you’d like)
- splash of white wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional- 1 clove pressed garlic
This really doesn’t need a printed recipe, trust me- save the paper. Just have a go at it and plus or minus the ingredients you like. Make it your own.
Simple,fresh, healthy and full of flavor.
Ollie wanted potatoes this year… and potatoes he shall have. We gave up a lot of real estate for 4 ROWS! Usually I plant 2 sides of 1 row but this year decided to give them lots of room. German butterball, Yukon gold, Pontiac red, and 2 varieties of fingerlings
But wanted to throw this in so you see all parts of the garden… kind of like me. You think you are looking at a bed of weeds and that’s partly true. But there are soon to be sweet strawberries in there. My theory was the birds won’t find the berries in all those weeds. Really this bed will be turned over this fall. It’s just too full of buttercup but due to lack of time I thought I’d try out my rationalized theory:)
And the kids are growing…
oh this sweet face…