July 22, 2010

Veggie Vavoom!


Who needs meat when there is a bounty of fresh vegetables to be had.
With the variety of veggies available at your local Farmer's Market... 
or perhaps in your own backyard...
vegetables can be the staple of tonight's summer dinner!
 

Use whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand to create this healthy fare.
First I cleaned a head of green cabbage and cut it into wedges.
Then I put the cabbage in my steamer.
While the cabbage was cooking I took shredded carrots and a sliced yellow squash and began to saute them in a splash of olive oil.
As they began to cook I added sliced mushrooms and some beautiful small tomatoes cut in half.
I let these lightly saute until just done...
Since my husband adores spicy food...I added some chili sauce and some lemon pepper.
Finally I sprinkled the mixture with kosher salt right at the end.

TIP: When you add salt at the beginning it contributes to the breaking down of the tomatoes, adding the salt toward the end flavors the dish but allows the tomatoes to retain their texture. Your choice!

I served the veggie mix over the steamed cabbage wedges.
My husband didn't miss the meat at all...and when my daughter stopped by the house later...she ate all the leftovers!
~ Darn...I could go for those today ~



33 comments:

Cindy - Letters From Midlife said...

Yum! That looks so good. Time to visit some of the roadside stands at the farms around my area.

Deb said...

ummmmm looks really yummy...I love veggies...

GardenofDaisies said...

That looks wonderful. I love to saute summer squash with red peppers. I did not know about salt and tomatoes before. That tip will be helpful next time I want my tomatoes to hold together.

Blondie's Journal said...

Great tip about the salt! I'll remember that. My tomatoes are not happening as of yet, but I like this recipe. I adore cabbage and always look for new ways to have it!

xoxo
Jane

Sewn With Grace said...

It looks delicious! Honestly, my stomach just growled!

JG said...

Fresh local veggies - Yummy! Your meal looks so good, how could your daughter resist? :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

There's nothing like fresh veggies! We're having a nice variety tonight...but we'll saute a little chicken to go with it! Maybe we should try all veggies soon! ♥

À LA GRAHAM said...

Looks so good...love summer and eating fresh! I went out to take pictures of the garden today but it is looking a little rough after the storms we had last night. My parsley is under about an inch of mud!!!

Country Dreaming said...

There is a wonderful abundance of fresh veggies now. Yum!

Looks good.

Have a super Friday.


Melinda

koralee said...

I so agree..we really eat meatless many many nights a week. If it was not for my husbands love of it..I think we would switch to all veggies. xoxoo Happy Friday.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Hmmmm..I love veggies...which is a good thing because I'm a recent vegitarian!

Happy@Home said...

Great title for this post!
I love to eat this way, especially in the summer when everything is so fresh. I hadn't thought of serving it over steamed cabbage. What a great idea.

Deborah said...

This looks and sounds wonderful! Since I quit my job my hubby has lost about 10 pounds simply from my clean cooking and packing his lunch. We forget how good veggies taste all on their own with a little natural seasoning. **kisskiss** Deb

Elyse said...

mmm! i sauteed something very similar last night and it was so good. my go-to ingredient this summer is fresh parsley. everything i toss it into tastes extra fresh.

bon appetit!

xo
elyse

Creative Breathing said...

Carrie, Have you always eaten in such a healthy way? Was this a difficult transition to make. My daughter eats like this, and when I am with her I feel like I am always starving. Is it just something the body has to adjust to? I would love a post about this as I am trying to change the way my husband and I eat. Have a lovely weekend! Elizabeth

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Looks great...I think fresh fruits and vegs make the heat of July okay. It also makes cooking so much easier...got to the farmers market again...after making pickles.
Enjoyed

Just Breathe said...

That looks delicious. Have any leftovers to send me?

pollydove said...

YUUUUUMMMM!!!! I need some of that right now! :)

grammy said...

I just went out and picked tomatoes and zucchini
yummm
would love to know how much it cost to pick a bucket of berries like that... how fun

Debbie said...

That`s a great recipe!
... specially for using vegetables that are long overdue!
Thanks for sharing!


DEBBIE MOSS

vivian said...

wonderful! I'm off to the farmers stand this morning. need lots of goodies! I love yellow summer squash and havent had any yet this summer!
have a great day
vivian

Vintage French Hen said...

I WAS UP IN YOUR AREA THIS PAST WEEK AND JUST LOVED IT! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING IN MY GIVE AWAY. I'M SORRY YOU WEREN'T THE WINNER, BUT I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT! MARCIA

Pam said...

Your veggie dish is a wonderful thing for all the fresh veggies now. I love your blog! Very cozy!

Kelly said...

Looks yummy! I have gone off meat totally since becoming pregnant so that looks like a perfect dinner for me :)

Stampin' D'Amour said...

Looks delicious!!! I just {heart} fresh veggies! :)

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hey Carrie~With the abundance of veggies and fresh fruit available it serves both dinner and dessert.

We're hoping to head to Lincoln City for a little R&R. I can't wait to hit a few of my favorite haunts...Rockfish bakery for one.
What are your fun spots to hit when your there?
Can you believe the hot weather we've gotten? The late evenings are perfect for the three S's...sitting, snaking on antipasto and sipping Moscato.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

P.S. Are you venturing to the Barn Market Show this weekend?
I've never been and have heard it's awesome. I and hubby may go and take a peek.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Here's the link with the info and list of vendors
http://www.barnhousebh.com/

Pam said...

Looks delicious and perfect for all the fresh veggies now!

Beverly said...

I agree, Carrie. Who needs meat when you can have veggies like this. That looks so good and I even thought I could smell it from here. All the things I love, and I will try it. Love cabbage in any form. Thanks for sharing.

Funny, the word for verification is tortur. That's the way I felt seeing those veggies and not being able to taste them.LOL

Diane said...

What a colorful dish! I would love a serving of that right this minute! Get on a plane come to California I miss you ): oxox, Diane

Marcy said...

I LOVE vegetables. I'll have to try the recipe. Last night I made brussel sprouts, stir fried in bacon grease, then crumbled the bacon and some cheese on top. delish...

dj said...

hi carrie....

thanks for checkin in on me over the summer....i hope to start blogging soon again....summer has been a whir....

i have to just add that i love love love your craft room. it is an inspiration to me... the picnic baskets for storage and the pot rack for hanging baskets is adorable. i will be working on my craft/sewing room again soon. we finished our loft room...so i now have to permanently find storage for a few things in another room...

i also love your peasant shirt that you made...love the colors....i have a new couch pillow in our new loft with a similar pattern and color.

hope to be in touch more, now that summer is winding down.....

dj

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