Monday, March 29, 2010

Quick Meals

During the week this is what is ideal. A friend of mine asked me yesterday for some ideas...she is definitely needing healthy but wanting it to be fast. I on the other hand had one of those weekends where we did not eat properly at all so tonight will hopefully satisfy her "quick" request and my attempt at holding off scurvey!!!
In Fine Cooking this month there is a great looking veggie dish on page 33.
Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta.
1 med fennel bulb with fronds attached (pretty hair on the tips); 1 med orange pepper, cut in to approx four pieces, seeded and stem removed; 1 med red onion but into 1/4 inch slices; 1 med zucchini, again, 1/4 inch slices; 1/4c olive oil; salt and pepper; 3 T red wine vinegar; 1 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes, halved; 1/2 c crumbled feta cheese; 3 T loosely packed thinly sliced fresh basil. Cut stalks off fennel, remove 1/4 c worth of fronds and set aside. Remove outside piece and quarter the bulb and then slice the quarters lengthwise in to...yes...1/4 inch pieces. I am not bbq'ing so will brush all of the veggies and toss in the oven. You can grill them if you are able...I am not...sad I know. Idea is to char them with o oil and a little salt. Cool and chop in to pieces and transfer to a bowl. Make the dressing out of the remaining 2 T oil, vinegar, 1/4t salt and 1/4t pepper. Toss with veggies and add fronds and tomatoes. Sprinkle the feta and basil on top and voila! A quick and healthy and of course, very pretty dinner awaits!

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