This week's recipes are straight from home. Over the last few weeks I have been challenged to use what arrives with my CSA share to make a meal. This was our first week to receive summer squash, and I was probably more excited than anyone should ever be about a vegetable.
Like most of my recent recipes, I find the vegetables are often at their best when they are cooked in the simplest way. There are no fancy ingredients or spices or complicated instructions.
The night I received my share last week, I spoke to my mom on the phone, and she and my grandma were cooking squash at home that night. Feeling a sudden desire to connect to home, I decided to make the same thing.
Fried squash is one of the dishes I LOVE from home, but I have failed at it many times before, but this time I got it right. The secrets are only lightly dust the squash in flour, and make sure your pan is hot enough. Also, non-stick pans do not work nearly as well because it is more difficult for the veggies to brown. I did like my grandma and used a cast iron skillet - and it made a huge difference.
For the fresh green beans from the share, I boiled them with some potatoes. Kinda boring, yes, but as I said, simple can be delicious.
As for some extra protein in the meal, rather than try to make another dish, I cheated and went for the frozen mock-chicken. I highly recommend Gardein meat-free products. They are the best I have been able to find, and they are popping up in more and more grocery stores, usually stocked where veggie burgers and other mock-meats are kept. For this meal, I went with the Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers. Just follow the instructions on the bag.
Check out the recipes after the jump. Have any questions or suggestions? Let me know. Enjoy.