The season may have just changed to Spring for the rest of you folks, but in Arizona it already feels like Summer. In fact, it’s supposed to reach 97 degrees here by Wednesday. That’s right – BE jealous, America.
So… I can’t really take credit for this delicious recipe since it’s one that I stole from Nick’s mom, January. I always know these little avocados will be served up whenever she has a get-together at her abode. Anywho, this recipe is super simple and perfect for BBQs!!
Grilled Avocados with Pico de Gallo (GF) (V)
2 avocados, sliced in half
1 tbsp avocado oil
4 tbsp pico de gallo (recipe follows)
salt and pepper to taste
Cut avocados in half and remove the pit. Slather each side with avocado oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill avocados until they get a nice char on them. Fill the pit with pico de gallo and serve. YUM!
Pico de Gallo (GF) (V)
Summer Pasta with Charred Roma Tomatoes
So, I’m not a huge fan of zucchini. There’s something about its vibrant color that makes you think you’re biting into a veggie that’s packed full of flavor. It’s actually the same way I feel about eggplant. However, the Whole Foods by my work had the most beautiful zucchini arrangement last week and I couldn’t help but buy one and hope that I that I find a yummy recipe to put it in. Turns out, I did.
I introduce to you, Summer Skillet Pasta. I took this recipe from one on of my favorite blogs, Iowa Girl Eats. Her recipe calls for chicken sausage, but since I am a vegetarian, I decided not to use that ingredient (obvi). I know that there is some yummy vegetarian sausage at every grocery store, and I’m going to be honest with you – I was too lazy to get it. In my opinion, omitting that spicy sausage flavor didn’t take away from the dish at all.
This skillet took about 20 minutes to make, so it was perfect. (Did I mention how lazy I was feeling that day?)
Summer Skillet Pasta:
8 oz penne, dry (or any pasta)
1/2lb spicy chicken sausage
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 shallot, sliced
1 zucchini, halved and sliced
salt & pepper
10oz cherry tomatoes
Romano or parmesan cheese, if desired
1. Heat the skillet over medium and add extra virgin olive oil to the skillet. Add garlic slices and shallots and cook until they start to turn golden brown, about 1 minute. Add zucchini, season with salt and pepper, then saute until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes then place a lid on top of the skillet and allow tomatoes to get hot and tender, about 3 minutes, stirring once or twice.
2. Meanwhile, cook penne in a large pot of salted boiling water. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water before draining.
3.. Add some of the pasta cooking water to create a sauce and make sure pasta isn’t sticking together Serve topped with torn fresh basil, and grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Well, it’s been summer for quite some time now – especially in Arizona – we’ve been hitting over 100 since May! The sweltering heat gets us in the mood for grilling on the patio. I had some tofu steaks on hand and Nick had just picked up his meat selection from some Groupon deal he bought awhile ago. Even though I don’t eat meat, I must say his steak choices were gorgeous and had perfect marbling. So perfect, that he didn’t even mess with it before putting it on the grill – just a dash of salt and pepper and he was good to go.
I had a hankering for something spicy and tangy – I think you see where I’m heading. Frank’s Red Hot “Buffalo” style sauce. The great thing about tofu is that it can pick up marinade flavors really well and in a very short amount of time. I just marinated the tofu for about 20 minutes, tossed it on the grill with Nick’s steak and let the grill do it’s thing. I served my tofu with a quick Garlicky-Lime Aioli; it was a nice cooling element with the spiciness.
Here’s a a picture of Nick with his prized steak:
Here is my recipe:
Buffalo Tofu Steaks
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix and serve.
It was so yummy that even my well-mannered pit bull, Eleanor was begging for table scraps: