Recipes 8/28 & 8/29

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Chilled Carrot & Summer Squash Soup

2 C sliced carrots

3 C reduced sodium chicken broth

1/4 C chopped red onion

1 clove garlic

3/4 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 lg yellow summer squash, chopped

3/4 C low fat plain yogurt

Fresh chives, cut in 1/4″ lengths (garnish)

In large saucepan, combine carrots and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and simmer until carrots begin to soften, about 7 minutes.

Add onion, garlic, cumin, salt, coriander, pepper, and all but 4 tablespoons of squash. Cover, raise heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until vegetables are very tender and flavors are blended, 15 to 20 minutes.

In food processor or blender or with a hand blender, puree soup until smooth. Pour into bowl, cover, and chill 1 hour.

Stir yogurt into soup until combined. Divide into 4 bowls and garnish each with a tablespoon of reserved squash and chives. (From

Corn, Cucumber, Tomato Salad

2 or 3 ears sweet corn

2 small cucumbers

3 tomatoes

1 small red onion

2 Tbls. olive oil

1 Tbls white wine vinegar or lemon juice

1 small clove garlic, minced (optional)

1/2 tsp salt

Basil, mint, cilantro, or parsley (optional)

Shuck corn and cut off the kernels and put in a large bowl. Peel, seed, and dice cucumbers, and add to bowl. Core and dice tomatoes, add to bowl. Dice onion and add to bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar or lemon juice, garlic if you like, and salt. Pour over salad and toss to combine thoroughly. Mince herbs and use to garnish salad, if you like.


Grilled Summer Squash w/ Feta & Mint

3 lbs assorted summer squash, trimmed

2 Tbls freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 Tbls olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2/3 C crumbled feta cheese (about 3 1/2 oz)

4 tsp coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves

Cut all of the squash into inch and a half slices. Place in a large bowl, and set aside.

Place the lemon juice in a medium bowl and whisk in the olive oil in a slow stream until combined. Season with salt and pepper, then add half of the dressing to the bowl of squash, season generously with salt and pepper again, toss to combine, and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to high (about 450°F to 550°F). When the grill is ready, use a slotted spoon to place the squash on the grill. Reserve the large bowl and any remaining dressing in it. Cook the squash uncovered, turning occasionally, until charred in spots and crisp tender, about 7 to 8 minutes total.

Return the grilled squash to the large bowl, add the remaining half of the dressing, and toss until evenly coated. Let the squash cool until just warm or room temperature, about 15 minutes. Add the feta and mint and stir to combine. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed. (From


1 cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled

2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded

4 plum tomatoes

1 red onion

3 garlic cloves, minced

23 oz tomato juice (3 C)

1/4 C white wine vinegar

1/4 C good olive oil

1/2 Tbls kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not over process!

After each vegetable is processed, combine them in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop. (From

Sauteed Zucchini, Peppers, & Tomatoes

1 lb (about 2 medium) zucchini

2 bell peppers

2 Tbls olive oil

1 pint grape tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, smashed

Coarse salt and ground pepper

Quarter zucchini lengthwise; cut crosswise into 1/2 inch-thick pieces. Remove ribs and seeds from peppers; cut into 3/4-inch squares. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing frequently, until vegetables are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. (From

Tomato Relish

1 lb ripe tomatoes, finely chopped

2/3 C finely chopped red onion

1/4 C chopped fresh Italian parsley

1/4 C extra-virgin olive oil

3 Tbls fresh lemon juice

3 serrano chiles, seeded, finely chopped

Combine tomatoes, red onion, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, and serrano chiles in medium bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. (From

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