Whenever I hear those words I always think of one thing.

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But that’s not what’s on the menu today!

When Gaye suggested that theme I know she was thinking of veggies instead.  Green veggies!  Or maybe lime! Or maybe Pistachios!

Whatever she was thinking I went with asparagus!

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asparagus ‘pasta’

Ellie calls this pasta because the stalks of asparagus are shaved into thin strips.  Not an easy task if your stalks are rather thin.  But quite tasty when quickly sauteed with garlic, onions, and lemon then topped with some Parmesan.

I will definitely make this again but maybe not as ‘pasta’.

The recipe is from Ellie’s weeknight wonders (page 246) and it is a very quick side – less than 15 minutes (not counting the shaving!).

More green on the Eating with Ellie site.

 

 

 

 

I love the summer.  NOT the heat!  NOT the humidity!  For me, Summer is all about the garden and the fresh veggies we pick from it.  Tomatoes.  Zucchini.  Cucumbers. Eggplant. Corn.  It’s all good!

It wasn’t hard to pick this week’s theme.  VEGGIES!!  But it was hard picking a recipe.  Ellie has so many good healthy veggie recipes.  I finally settled on the

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Crispy Baked Zucchini-Potato Pancakes.

This is a riff on everyday Potato Pancakes.  Most of the time we fry little patties of shredded potatoes.  Ellie bakes hers and mixes zucchini in for a healthier riff.

Shredded potatoes, zucchini, and sauteed onions in a light batter make a crispy, tasty side.  And they were good.  I did think they needed a little more seasoning.

I could make these a lot.  A LOT!!

The recipe is from Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix (page 236).  I also found the recipe over on Chaya’s Site. {And like she says, the recipe doesn’t list where to add the onions so I just added them to the batter.}

You can find more veggies over at Eating with Ellie!

Morning, noon, or night, Breakfast is always good.  This week’s theme: Wake-Up Call! Breakfast meant we could just fix a good meal to get the day started.  Maybe not in the morning…..I made mine for lunch.

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Puffed Cheese Omelette

I tell you – THIS is the way to eat eggs!  Whipped egg whites mixed with cream, seasonings, and yolks folded over a filling of Parmesan, Cheddar Cheese, and Mascarpone (I used Greek Yogurt} seasoned with chives which just oozed out of the omelette.

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And it was delicious!  The puffiness of the eggs and the tartness of the filling was just right.  Worth the 5 containers and the time it took to make it.

The recipe is from Donna’s Website .

What else is for Breakfast?  Visit Wednesdays with Donna Hay.

And not just any cheese cake.  Ellie’s Mini Cheesecakes with Strawberries.  And Blueberries.

The theme this week for Eating with Ellie was Red, White, Or Blue.  But since it was the Fourth –  our most important American holiday celebration – I just couldn’t pass up the chance to go  Red, White, AND Blue!!

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This is a no-bake cheesecake with  a graham cracker crust. The little cheesecakes are made in muffin cups so 1 is just perfect for a quick sweet bite.  And since Cheesecake is one of my fave desserts it wasn’t hard to make this one.

Since there are no eggs in this recipe you just have to mix up the ingredients and pour the batter into the cups over the baked crusts.  Easy Peasy!

Ellie tops her cheesecakes with sliced strawberries.  There weren’t any decent ones in the store so I mixed in some home-made strawberry jam and topped with some blueberries instead.  And on some I just topped with strawberry jam and blueberries.  You can never have enough red white and blue.

The only thing wrong with these – the crust gets soggy after a couple of days in the fridge.

The recipe is from Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix  {page 266) .  Each cheese cake is only 250 calories. {And since I used Splenda instead of sugar you can take off 43 calories.  But hten I added in about 1/4 cup of strawberry jam, so maybe it evened out…..}

Check out the rest of Red, White, or Blue on Eating with Ellie!

This week we are enjoying Marvelous Meat for Wednesdays with Donna Hay.  Meat can be anything that doesn’t swim  so lamb, beef, pork, and chicken  were all possibilities.

We don’t eat a lot of beef so fixing a small amount for a lunch with a friend was the  perfect way to go.  With an Asian Flair.

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Stir-fried beef, ginger, and greens

A short list of simple ingredients:  beef, sesame oil, ginger, garlic,  Asian Greens, oyster sauce and Chinese cooking wine was all we needed.  But I have one question – WHAT are Asian Greens?  Chinese Cabbage?  Bok Choy?  Lemon Grass?  We settled on the cabbage because the Bok Choy didn’t look so hot.

It was really easy to put together but we didn’t care for it very much.  It seemed rather bland even with the Oyster sauce and Sesame oil.  I served it with Rice Noodles.  Not a repeat.

The recipe is on page 60 of Donna’s   new food fast.

More Marvelous Meat on Wednesdays with Donna Hay.

IT’s potluck week at I Heart Cooking Clubs.  That means we can cook from any chef that the group has used in the past.  This month I chose Yotam Ottolenghi because I haven’t cooked with him very much.  He was the chef back in 2013.  At that time I didn’t have any of his cookbooks.  Now, however, is a different story.  I have PLENTY, on my Kindle, and I am really taking a good look at his recipes.

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I chose the Lemon and Eggplant Risotto because this eggplant was begging to be used and I was lusting after some good risotto.

This is not a quick dish to make so don’t start it when you start the rest of your meal.  Start it before.  There are several steps you have to take before you actually start the risotto.

  1. ‘Burn’ an eggplant and then scoop out the pulp.
  2. Dice an eggplant and brown it until it is crispy.
  3. Sautee some onion and garlic.

After the onion and garlic are done then you can add in the wine, rice, and start making the risotto.  But let me tell you, it is worth every step and every dirty pan in the sink.  The sweetness of the eggplant mixed with the tart of the lemon zest and the semi sweetness of the basil is very mouth satisfying.  VERY!!!

Since I don’t have the book I cannot give you a page number in PLENTY, but I found it on The Hungry Goddess.

Visit with IHCC to see what else is on the Potluck table this week.

The theme for Eating with Ellie this week was The Color Purple which brough to mind all kinds of yummy veggies.  But I stayed with 

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because it is coming in from the garden now.  I love the Japanese eggplant.  It is so tender and it doesn’t really need to be peeled like the Big Bell.

I admit, I have made this before to go with some salmon patties  but I never blogged about it because it was an extra side. I had no trouble making it again this week. Especially since it is garden season and I could pick everything fresh. Fresh like pick in the morning, cook at night.

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Lots of wonderful  fresh eggplant, zucchini, garlic, basil, and tomatoes from the garden.  I had made a note that it needed a touch more salt so I added just a tad.  Perfect!

The recipe is from Ellie’s So Easy (page 192) , but you can also find it online.

There is more purple over on Eating with Ellie so go check it out.

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