It’s time to start planting our zone 7a fall garden. We jumped the gun just a little and planted carrots, peas and cucumbers last night. Our tomatoes in the herb garden are coming along nicely. Something (rabbit? groundhog?) has nipped off the tops of the tomato plants in the veggie garden, so I need to leave a little cayenne surprise out there.
Garden cukes and tomatoes are finally rolling in here in Virginia! In this week’s menu, there are two new recipes to use those up, plus my favorite way to cook fresh or frozen vegetables.
Sausage Breakfast Scramble – Here’s a bowl of savory, comfort food for breakfast. We make the Italian version; omitting the salt and using just one half cup of cheese. But, if you like two cups, toss it in there! I don’t judge.
Turkey Bacon Swiss on Lettuce Buns. Not so much a recipe, but a sandwich idea. My sandwich is based on the one linked below with a few substitutions. Slice the lettuce cheeks thinly, they don’t compress like bread. These are best assembled just before serving.
Quick Cucumber Tomato Za’atar Salad with Honey-Citrus Dressing – New Recipe! Mark loves this one and has already requested it again for next week. It’s super tasty, but the instructions are a little confusing. The olive oil mentioned in step 3 is not in the ingredients list, with no measurement given. Because we wanted a large salad, we doubled the entire recipe and used 1/4 cup olive oil in the dressing.
Balsamic Chicken with Onions – Simple, but flavorful. We like this one with brown rice and broccoli. Whether fresh, or frozen, we don’t steam veggies. Place them in a large cast iron skillet with the fat of your choice (coconut oil, olive oil, butter) and saute until tender crisp. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Salmon in Roasted Pepper Sauce – Looks (and tastes) fancy, but so easy to prepare. This one comes together quickly enough for a weeknight dinner.
Creamy Greek Pasta Salad – New Recipe! Mark rated this one a 9; he said he could deal with the feta, but not kalamata olives! We use lentil or chickpea pasta because it is less gummy than brown rice pasta. This large salad would be perfect for potlucks or family gatherings.
Ants on a Log, (Remember these from your childhood? I’ve got some celery singing it’s swan song in the fridge.) Watermelon, Popcorn, Grapes and Bananas.
Coconut Milk Panna Cotta – This recipe is tried and true. If you’re unfamiliar, panna cotta is an ultra-smooth Italian pudding made with gelatin and cream. The coconut milk stands in for cream in this dairy-free version.
Topped with Strawberry Chia Jam – I use less honey than the recipe calls for. Adjust to your taste.
I hope your week is off to a great start!
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