Throughout the year, I try to take advantage of whatever fruits and vegetables are in season. It’s when they are at their peak that they have the fullest flavor and have traveled less to get to your table, thus increasing in taste. Summer’s bounty is an ideal time to consume so many different fruits and veggies that switching from heavy baked casseroles or pasta dishes normally eaten in winter to lighter options comes with ease. This time of year, zucchini are in full bloom and I try to find flavorful, easy and low-fat methods of cooking them. By themselves, I will say that they are not my favorite vegetable, I find them really bland and unflavorful, but added to stir-fries or mixed in with some of my other favorites, like bell peppers, is an ideal way for me to increase their flavor. What would have made this even better would have been the addition of some zucchini blossoms, which I absolutely adore, but finding them is next to impossible! The below doses are all approximations and just like any other stir fry, salad or soup you can adjust as you like. These are just the doses I used for what you see in the picture. The eggplants and zucchini tend to cook faster than the other veggies so don’t cut them too thinly or you will end up overcooking them and turning them into mush!
2 Small Eggplants
1 Large Box Button Mushrooms
2 Sweet Bell Peppers (I used one red and one yellow)
2 Fresh Tomatoes
1 Large Chopped Onion
2 – 3 Garlic Cloves
2 – 3 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley
2 – 3 Tablespoons Chopped Basil
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1 – 2 Teaspoons Salt, or to taste
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Wash all of your vegetables in cold water. Cut the zucchini in half then slice to about half inch in thicknees. Cut your eggplant in half, then cut again and slice to about the same size of the zucchini. Depending on the size of your mushrooms cut in half or quarter. Cut your peppers in half, remove seeds and cut into strips about one inch thick. Set all of veggies in a large frying pan.
- Chop your tomato and add to pan.
- Add the rest of your ingredients except the oil to the pan and cook over medium heat for about 5 – 6 minutes to allow the vegetables to release their own water.
- After the vegetables have cooked in their own water for about ten minutes, add the oil and continue cooking until the water has evaporated and the vegetables have cooked to your preferred tenderness.
What to Pack for Italy
Cosa Mettere in Valigia per l'Italia
Everyone is always asking me what they should pack for Italy,
so I’ve created a quick reference guide that you can use for your next trip.
Hint: You don’t need nearly as much as you think you do!