Various Spring Vegetable Recipes

I have been light on my food postings because the husband and I have been taking care of leftovers! No worries though because I have many a plan in my head on upcoming dishes!


I took a poll several weeks ago on my Facebook page asking what vegetables should be featured on my blog. I then forgot that I never posted it on my blog. Here is a list of vegetables:

  1. Chayote
  2. Asparagus
  3. Artichokes
  4. Zucchini
  5. Broccoli
  6. Carrots

I featured a Warm Carrot Salad several weeks ago and then several days ago I mentioned the In-Season Vegetable Pasta which included asparagus. Last week I made a broccoli recipe that is super simple and VERY delicious.

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Roasted Garlic Broccoli


serves 4


1 Head of Broccoli, stalk cut, peeled and chopped and florets cut small
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced


Preheat oven to 450F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


Place ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Line baking sheet with broccoli.


Mix and bake / broil for 10 to 15 minutes until it gets slightly brown.




This week I made a Zucchini and Mushroom Stir Fry that I accompanied with some roasted potatoes and garden salad.

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Savory Zucchini and Mushroom Stir Fry


serves 4


2 medium zucchini, sliced in half-inch slices
1 small onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup sliced baby portabella mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1 1/2 tsp Herbes de Provence
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil on medium heat.


Add mrushrooms, onions, and garlic and saute’ for 5 minutes. Add spinach,zucchini, and spices and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.


Do not let the zucchini get soggy. Turn heat off and serve immediately. Serve with protein and salad




Another favorite of mine is Chayote. What is Chayote you ask? It is a type of squash that is high in Vitamin C and is usually consumed raw or cooked (lightly steamed), sometimes with a little lime or lemon juice. It looks like this:

It has a a lot of water content and is very tasty.I like preparing as a salad and usually accompany it with something spicy like enchiladas or flautas.

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Chayote Salad


serves 2


1 large chayote, sliced and julienned (1/2-inch slices)
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup packed cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp Lime juice
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt


IN a medium pot and 1 inch water and place a steamer in the pot. Heat on medium heat and place chayote slices on steamer. Once the water begin to steam, let it stem for 5 to 7 minutes.


Remove chayote and place in a small salad bowl. Let cool for 10 minutes. Add cilantro and onions and toss.


Add lime juice, olive oil, and salt and continue tossing until well mixed.


What other vegetables have you never prepared or would you like for me to feature?

  • http://ieattrees.com/ Keri – I Eat Trees

    Yum! I love roasted broccoli!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00361442891218676216 Emily Ziegler

    All of these recipes are excellent and time-appropriate!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03006164755793397082 StreamingGourmet

    Inspiring! Love all those flavors and have never heard of chayote!

  • http://www.namelymarly.com/ Marly

    These look tasty and healthy too. Its time to start thinking about swimsuit season so that healthy part is important!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08414599591857985794 Vegetable Matter

    Great collection of recipes! What do you like to do with Swiss chard? We’ve got tons that we have to use soon because it’s heating up too much for our plants.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10166583244097563676 Michelle

    We love roasted vegetables and it seems like no matter how much I make we eat it all!

  • http://www.candcdish.wordpress.com/ C and C Dish

    Great recipes…thanks for sharing, I heart roasted broccoli!

  • http://kristinsnibbles.wordpress.com/ kristinsnibbles

    Great recipes! I love spring vegetables, however I have never tried Chayote. I should try it!

    xo
    K

  • http://www.torontoworkout.com/ Kirsten

    Thank you for including a description of what Chayote is! Never tried it, but will look out for some!

  • vegan

    I like your chayote recipe…real easy.

    Here’s a carrot salad I tried recently you might like:

    http://www.vegrecipes4u.com/carrot-salad.html

  • http://www.teeniecakes.com/ Cristina (TeenieCakes)

    I’ve seen chayote in the stores and thought it was something from a cactus. You’ve given me a reason to drop one in my shopping basket and give it a try! The Savory Zucchini and Mushroom Stir Fry looks so good.

    Like you new profile pic! =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17016435360880081503 Ann

    Everything sounds too good and healthy. I love the sauted broccoli.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01927088446382658853 Tasha – The Clean Eating Mama

    Thanks for the sweet comment =)
    I love looking at your blog for ideas… especially vegetable ideas! I have never heard of chayote before but it looks great! Have a glorious weekend! =)

  • http://theessenceofwomanhood.blogspot.com/ redkathy

    Wonderful veggie display. Chayote is really good seasoned with some spicy heat and grilled.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11426294410452790555 Abraham Chacko

    seriously i love broccoli.. and this will be made at home…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13236777533457006312 Nicole

    i’ve never even heard of chayote! Where do you get that? I’ll have to look for it at whole foods. I love all of these recipes..thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/ marla {family fresh cooking}

    Veggies always make me very happy. Love all your recipes in this post. I don’t think I have ever had Chayote. I will be on the lookout for it at the market.