Posts Tagged ‘Green squash’

Salsa-fied Green Squash and Garbanzo Stir-fry

Stir-fry made with Produce Geek's picks for Week of July 11, 2011

Salsa-fied Organic Green Squash Stir-fry

Green squash (aka Zucchini) is not my favorite vegetable as a side in itself, HOWEVER, it makes an exceptional lead character in stir-fry dishes. On his pick list this week, the Produce Geek recommended organic green squash. Who am I to argue? So I took his lead and crafted what developed into a satisfyingly hearty vegetarian & gluten-free stir-fry that combines green squash with cabbage, yellow pepper, mushrooms and garbanzos – zipped up with salsa and topped with a dollop of sour cream. Ole’! Want to go from vegetarian to vegan? Simply abstain from the sour cream.

Also featured this week on Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog – Dark sweet cherries. Although I couldn’t find a home for them in my stir-fry, I do have a simple dessert suggestion that preserves the integrity of the fruit. So read on!

What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Organic green squash – 3 cups (cut squash in half lengthwise, then cut those pieces into half lengthwise again..and
    Organic green squash and other stir-fry raw materials

    Organic green squash & the other stir-fry "raw" materials

    so on until the thickness is 3/4 inch or less. Then cut those pieces crosswise into 2 inch long pieces.

Other ingredients…

  • Green cabbage –  3 cups, chopped
  • Yellow sweet peppers – 2 cups, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • White mushrooms – 2 cups, sliced
  • Garbanzo beans – 2 cups, cooked
  • Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
  • Quinoa (Never heard of it?) – 2-3 cups cooked (or substitute brown rice instead)
  • Salsa – 2 cups (Mild, medium or hot – it’s up to you!)
  • Sour cream

Get cooking…

  1. Warm 1 Tbsp of peanut oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on med-high heat.
  2. Add garlic cloves, green squash, cabbage and peppers – stir often and cook for approximately 12 – 15 minutes until tender, but not soggy.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook for approximately 5 minutes until no longer raw.
  4. Lower heat to medium-low, then stir in salsa and garbanzos and cook until thoroughly warm.
  5. Serve over quinoa and top with a dollop of sour cream.
Makes 4 servings

What You’ll Need For Dessert – Dark Sweet Cherries in Vanilla Greek Yogurt:

Dark Sweet Cherries with Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Creamy and sweet - Dark sweet cherries and vanilla Greek yogurt make the perfect summer dessert

 

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Dark sweet cherries – 9 cherries per serving  (6 cut in half and pitted, 3 whole)

Other ingredients…

  • Vanilla Greek yogurt – 1/2 cup per serving

Get cooking…

  1. Stir cherry halves into yogurt.
  2. Spoon into individual serving glasses or dessert cups and top with whole cherries as an edible garnish.
It doesn’t get anymore “yum” than that!  Of course, the cherries are perfection on their own as well. Thanks for the tip Produce Geek!
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Squash Stir-fry Salad with Banana Dressing

Squash Stir-fry made with Produce Geek's weekly picksSometimes – especially when summer rolls around – I like to put a little twist on a stir-fry by serving it over greens rather than rice. With the picks the Produce Geek recommended this past week, it was the perfect time to do just that. And that’s exactly what I did.  Although completely vegetarian, this dish has staying power. It’s no “sissy salad”! A unique characteristic of this one is how the apple cider vinegar and lime juice are subtle, yet prominent enough to rein in the sweetness of the banana dressing.

What You’ll Need:



First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Green squash – 2 cups, chopped
  • Sweet red pepper – 2 cups, chopped
  • Organic green leaf lettuce – 2 cups, torn into bite-size pieces
  • Organic red leaf lettuce – 2 cups, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Banana – 1 small

Produce Geek's picks of the week - Green squash, sweet red peppers, bananas, and organic green and red leaf lettuce

Other ingredients…

  • Sweet onion –  1 cup, chopped
  • Jalapeno pepper – 1 medium (optional)
  • Pinto beans – 2 cups (dried and cooked, or from a can and drained)
  • Fresh lime
  • Raw apple cider vinegar – 2 Tbsp.
  • Milk – 3/4 cup
  • Plain Greek yogurt – 1 cup
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea Salt
  • Course ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Cilantro (optional)

Get cooking…

  1. Warm approximately 1 Tbsp olive oil on medium heat  in a large, deep frying pan or wok.
  2. Add onions, sweet red pepper, green squash, jalapeno pepper and about 1/2 tsp sea salt to the pan.
  3. Stir often and cook until tender, but not soggy.
  4. Add pinto beans and apple cider vinegar and stir until thoroughly heated.
  5. Let cool for approximately 10 – 15 minutes and serve over bed of organic green leaf and organic red leaf lettuce.
  6. Top with banana dressing (below) – Or if  you’re not a fruity dressing kinda person, use what you like best.

Banana Dressing…

  1. In blender or food processor, place milk, Greek yogurt and banana and blend until smooth.
  2. Add dash of cinnamon, pinch of black pepper, and about 1/4 tsp. sea salt and stir until mixed throughout.
  3. Pour over stir-fry salad per individual taste.
  4. Squeeze fresh lime over dressing on each plate and garnish with cilantro
Makes approximately 4 servings
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