Pasta and Fried Zucchini

This comes from Ottolenghi’s Plenty. It is fairly quick and so yummy! A mandolin makes quick work of the slicing.

  • 1/3 c sunflower or avocado oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinefar
  • 2 c basil
  • 1/4 c parley
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 oz pasta
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp capers, deaines
  • 4 oz buffalo mozzarella

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Fry zuks over medium heat, don’t crown them, about 3 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with the vinegar. Set aside.

Combine 1 c basil, parsley and olive oil in a food processor or blender, blitz until smooth.

Cook pasta al dente; drain and toss with the zuks. Stir in the capers, zest, basil and torn mozzarella. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Chiffonade the 1 c basil and sprinkle on top.

Serves 4.

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Skillet Taco

This is a fun alternative to taco night and comes together super quick.

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chipped
  • 1 can black beans, einsed
  • 1 4oz can chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumjn
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 21/4 oz can sliced black ilives
  • 1 c shredded Mexi cheese blend
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • Sour cream
  • Tortillas

In a large skillet over medium heat cook onions and beef until almost brown, stir in spices, peppers and beans and cook until heated through. Remove from heat, add cheese, tomatoes, olives and a dollop of sour cream.

Serve with warn tortillas.

Serves 6.

Zucchini and Gruyere Scones

These are so amazing savory scones with veggies!! I might have put in too much zucchini so they were more like savory delicious amazing cookies!

• 3 tablespoons baking powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
• 3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
• 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and chilled
• 1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing
• 2 medium zucchini, coarsely grated, excess liquid squeezed out with a kitchen towel
• 6 ounces Gruyère, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
• Flaky sea salt for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 350˚F. Combine baking powder, sugar, kosher salt, pepper, thyme, and 3 1/4 cups flour in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times. Add the chilled butter and pulse until the size of small peas. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Pour in the cream and mix gently with a wooden spoon to distribute evenly. Add the zucchini and Gruyère and mix into the dough just to distribute. Using your hands, gently knead the mixture until the dough comes together. The less you work the dough, the more tender the scones will be. This dough will be somewhat drier than most scone recipes, but the zucchini will release additional moisture during baking.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a 2-inch thick disk. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the dough and roll out to a 1-inch thick disk. Punch out scones with the biscuit cutter (it helps to brush the inside of the cutter with oil to help release the scones); place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing about 2-inches apart. Brush tops with cream and sprinkle with flaky sea salt (if storing unbaked scones in freezer, wait to finish with the cream and salt until baking).

Bake scones, rotating baking sheet halfway through, until golden brown, 30-40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Rare-Roasted Beef with Herbs

Patricia Wells is my go to during the summer, her recipes and easy and always delicious! Even my picky eaters enjoyed it.

  • 1/2 c finely minced herbs (tarragon, sage, oregano, mint, chives – what ever you have)
  • 1 lb beef for roasting (beef fillet, tri-tip roast, any think cut top round or sirloin)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oul
  • Basil oil for garnish

Preheat oven to 475.

Salt and pepper the beef. Place half the herbs on a plate and press into beef. Flip over and repeat on the other side.

Heat oil is an ovenproof skillet over moderately high heat, add the meat and brown on all side.

Place the skillet in the oven and roast for 12 – 15 minutes until it reaches the temp of 120.

Transfer to a cutting board, cover with foil and let rest 10 minutes.

Slice thin, against the grain. Sprinkle remaining herbs over beef and drizzle with basil oil.

Serves 6.

Potato Salad with Capers. Spring Onions and Mint

Patricia Wells is my go to all summer! This is a warm potato salad that can be served at room temp. It is perfect for picnics too!

  • 1 lb firm Tiny potatoes
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice & the zest
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 6 green onions, sliced thib
  • 1/4 c capers, drained
  • Salt
  • 1/4 c mint, cut into chiffonade

Bring a large pot of water to a simmer with a steam rack inside. Place the potato on the rack and cover, boil over medium heat for about 25 minutes, until they can be easily pierced with a knife.

In a large bowl, big enough to hold the potatoes, whisk together the olive oil, mustard, zest and lemon juice. Stir in the onions and capers.

Add the potatoes directly to the dressing while hot and toss to combine. If your potatoes are large, cut then into cubes.

When ready to serve toss with mint.

Serves 4 – 6.

Zucchini and Ginger Soup

This is from Patricia Wells. It is perfect for a hot day, just make it in the am and let it chill all day.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 lbs zucchini, sliced thib
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken or veggie stock
  • Creme fraiche for garnish

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, add the onion and salt and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add the ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the zucchini and stock, and bring to a low boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

Use an immersion blender and puree soup.

Serve chilled with a dollop is creme fraiche.

Serves 8.

Zucchini la Ponche

Summer means Patricia Wells and her amazing fresh French recipes! This one is so easy and so taste.

4 small zuks, sliced into thin rounds

12 thinly shaving of parmesay

4 tsp best- quality balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

Freshly ground pepper

Arrange rounds slightly overlapping on 4 salad plates. Arrange cheese on top, drizzle with vinegar and salt and pepper.

Serves 4. 1 ww pp.

Chilled Beet Gazpacho

This is another Patrica Wells winner, okay all her recipes are amazing! I added a spoonful of sour cream.

1 lb beets, steamed

4 cloves garluc

1 onion peeled

2 tsp dijon mistarr

1 tbsp best quality sherry vinegar

Salt

Chives for a a garnish

Place all ingredients in a large blender with 2 c of water and purée till smooth. Chill for 2 to 24 hours. Garnish with chives.

Serve 4. 0 ww pp

Low Fat Lemon Lime Bars

These are so good and low fat! I used coconut palm sugar so they a little brown.

  • 1 c flour
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp fliur
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Zest of one lime
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powdee

Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8 inch square pan.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/4 c sugar, pecans, and butter and beat with an electric mixer until crumbly. Press into pan and backs 15 minutes.

In the same bowl, beat remaining ingredients for 2 minutes. Mixture will be thin. Pour over hot crust.

Bake for 20 minutes until topping is set. Let cool for 30 minutes and cut into squares.

16 servings.

3 ww PO

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Zucchini Blossom Frittata with Goat Cheese and Basil

This is quick and delicious frittata – perfect of you have a garden with zucchinis. The flowers have a nice subtle flavor.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin and in half lengthwise
  • Saly
  • 12 zuk blossoms
  • 5 oz goat or feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp parmigiano, grated
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 c basil, chiffonade cut

Preheat oven to 425. Spray a 9 inch pie pan.

In a small skillet heat oil over low heat, add onion, sprinkle with salt and cook until soft and translucent.

Transfer to baking dish. Top with zuk blossoms, I like to do it a wagon wheel patter. Sprinkle cheese over blossoms. Pour eggs over all.

Bake for 20 minutes until top is lightly golden. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

Serves 4.