Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sauteed Summer Squash, Red Onions and Tomatoes

This was a quick and easy side dish I threw together the other night.  You could use any kind of onion, but I think the red onions when cooked until just a tiny bit brown are especially sweet.  The browning caramelizes the onions, making them taste almost like sugar.  Yum!  I served this with a simple fish dish, which was wonderful, but it would be good with all kinds of main dishes.  It makes a simple meal seem special.

2 yellow squash, sliced
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise down the middle then sliced
1/2 large red onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
handful of fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Heat olive oil in large skillet.  Add onions and cook, stirring, until soft.  Add yellow squash and zucchini and continue to cook until vegetables just begin to turn a little brown.  Add tomato, basil, salt and pepper and cook a few minutes more.  Serves 4-6.

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