Yesterday my sister asked me for a quick veggie dish for an event she is attending this coming weekend. So here we go !
This was a quick and easy dish I made for a girlfriend for a post baby shower. I had to keep in mind that there would be different demographics of folks there (senior citizens aka ‘seasoned citizens’, kids, mom’s a few dad’s, younger folks, older folks and in between folks 🙂 and I not only wanted to expose the kids who were not used to eating some of the the veggies a little something new, but I chose purposely not to prepare this meal with any salt or pepper. I only used fresh veggies from a farmers market here in NW Washington, DC, fresh squeezed lemon juice and coconut oil.
I borrowed my cousin’s wok (needless to say I hadn’t seen a wok in years) but remembering that I had it was just what I needed to fully prepare a large pan of veggies to perfection !
Step 1: Cut up all your veggies !
Step 2: I sauteed 1/2 a fresh garlic clove in my wok on low-medium heat in coconut oil.
Step 3: As my garlic was nice and lightly browned, I added my zucchini, summer squash, an entire onion (sliced) and diced bell peppers (red and green) and sweet peppers (red and orange)
Step 4: I allowed them to cook well :15-:20 max…to ensure they were cooked well and weren’t too soft, but weren’t crunchy either I then added them to my empty pan. I then realized that my wok was not big enough for all the veggies I had cut, so I needed to cook them separately.
Step 5: Add fresh broccoli (I cut the crowns from the stalk myself), purple string beans (did you know that when you cook purple string beans they turn green ? I thought that was pretty cool 🙂, I chopped some asparagus, some wax beans (the yellow string beans), and I julienned some baby carrots and cooked them for about :15-:20 as well…I wanted to make sure everything was cooked well…not too crunchy but not too soft either.
Step 6: I then added those veggies to the aluminum pan that already had the zucchini mix. Last but not least I took a generous handful of cherry tomatoes and seared them until they were slightly charred and soft. I then spooned them into my veggie mix and squeezed some fresh lemon juice on top as I was stirring and BAM ! Instant veggies.
Took #slightwork, but you talk about fresh ?! They were a big hit at the shower and everyone loved it ! I’m glad my friend asked me to make a yummy healthy meal and I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it…she even mentioned that the kids enjoyed it too #missionaccomplished.
Well..#bonappetite and enjoy everyone !