Late Summer Sauté

This is such a time of great abundance in Colorado.  My vegetable drawer is literally stuff full from my CSA share and the other yummy vegetables I picked up at the Farmers’ Market.  And, I know I’ll somehow find myself back at the market on Saturday, because I just have to take advantage of my ability to buy nearly everything I need from my local farmers! 

I’m sure you could all come up with this simple recipe on your own, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little inspiration.  What could be more inspiring than a delicious, beautiful meal whipped together from whatever your local farm or garden has to offer…

For one veggie-full serving, multiply as needed.

  • 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 scallion or small shallot and/orsmall clove of garlic, etc
  • 1/3 of a medium-sized zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1/3 of a medium-sized yellow squash, quartered and sliced
  • 1/3 cup broccoli, chopped (you know to peel and eat the delicious stalk, right?)
  • any additional veggies you have in your fridge, chopped (chard, kale, cauliflower, etc)
  • 1 small tomato, or equivilant, chopped
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup cooked black beans (or the bean of your choice)
  • salt, pepper, and herbs to taste

Heat a medium-sized pan to medium heat and pour in the olive oil.  Add the scallions, spread around the pan, then add the zucchini and squash without stirring yet.  Let cook, undisturbed, until scallion starts to brown (if you are using garlic, this will happen more quickly).  Stir so that zucchini and squash are now spread in a layer in the pan and cook for a few minutes, until they start to brown.  Add remaining veggies, tomato, and beans, season with salt, pepper and whatever herbs you like (I like basil or oregano, or sometimes skip this part), then cover pan and cook until tomatoes are broken down and vegetables are tender-crisp, or as tender as you like them.  You can also stir in some grain here, if desired.  Taste and adjust seasonings and enjoy a beautiful, colorful, delicious late Summer meal!

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