20 minute meals, READY, SET, GO!


Happy Summer!  As promised, I am starting the 20 minute dinner series which will run once a week throughout the summer!  These meals are meant to help busy people prepare and serve healthy and delicious meals everyday for their families or themselves.  Friends and family comment to me that they would love to eat better but they don’t have the time.  I get it!  I spend a lot of time in the kitchen when I am not carting kids around or studying because I love cooking.  Not everyone has the love of cooking or the flexibility that I have but that does not mean that you have to rely on packaged or processed foods.  You can still eat great food and it does not have to set you back a whole paycheck either.   Also, be looking out for an emai and/or blog post this weekend with details about my July cleanse and your chance to win a Vitamix!!!!

Ok, here it is, Number 1!

Sautéed tomato and zucchini pasta

Serves 4 – 6

1 bag of organic pasta ( quinoa, rice or corn pasta for gluten-free, also bow-tie or other smaller shaped pasta works best)

1 tbsp water

2 c. diced tomatoes

1 medium zucchini diced (Hate zucchini?  Try chopped chard instead…yum)

2-4 cloves garlic (depending on your taste)

1 small onion diced

1 handful fresh basil

½ c olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Throw pasta in boiling water for 10-15 min.

While pasta is boiling dice your onion and garlic and sauté on medium  in a large frying pan with 1 tbsp water. While onion and garlic sauté, dice tomatoes and add to pan.  Sauté all together for about 5 minutes on low stirring occasionally.  Dice zucchini, chop basil and start working on a salad (recipe below for butter lettuce salad).

Add zucchini and basil and sauté for about 3 minutes.  You don’t want it to cook all the way through because it will get mushy.  Turn heat off and add olive oil, salt and pepper.

Trick for picky eaters: you can throw all of your ingredients into a blender or vitamix and make it into sauce; they’ll never know what hit ‘em!

Strain pasta and toss with tomato and zucchini mixture!  Easy as pie (but better)!

Butter lettuce salad

This salad is not overly nutritious but it is delicious and you can always add veggies if you desire!  Run to the garden and grab your ingredients…OK, now I am just showing off!

1 head of butter lettuce, chopped, washed and spun.

¼ c olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

pinch of salt

Optional: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, other veggies

Mix olive oil, lemon juice and salt well.  Toss into butter lettuce.  Top with optional ingredients and serve.

 Voila…

That’s right…19 minutes, see if you can beat my time!

Remember that you can print my recipes or add them to your shopping list at http://www.pepperclip.com password :megan and username :eloise

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