Well Dined

27Sep/130

Not Pasta – Veggie Julienne

Well Dined | Sauteed Vegetable Julienne

I am trying to eliminate, or at least greatly reduce, my carb intake.  But, man, I just really love pasta.  If anybody else is struggling with this, and I'm sure there are many, this is a really great recipe.  I know what you're thinking - it's not the same - and you're right, it's  not.  But I don't think you will miss the pasta when you discover how much flavor and texture these have!

Well Dined | Sauteed Vegetable Julienne

Mmmm - veggies.  I got my mandoline out, thinking it would make this a breeze, but it turns out that my particular one really sucks at using the whole length of the vegetable.  So I switched to this bad boy and it worked brilliantly.

Well Dined | Sauteed Vegetable Julienne

The colors!  Now I really like using spaghetti squash if I have a great sauce, but this recipe has more color and flavor, making it great on its own.

Well Dined | Sauteed Vegetable Julienne

Bonus - I followed the recipe and used red onion and garlic, but I think that you could use shallot in place of both and make it even simpler!  Super bonus - it cooks in less than 5 minutes!

Sauteed Vegetable Julienne
adapted from Skinny Taste
serves 2-4

1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz zucchini, cut into julienne strips (with a mandolin or peeler)
8 oz yellow squash, cut into julienne strips (with a mandolin or peeler)
4 oz (1 medium) carrot, cut into julienne strips (with a mandolin or peeler)
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add the oil and onions and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.

Increase heat to medium-high and add the remaining vegetables, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp, about 2-3 minutes.  Adjust salt as needed and serve hot.

14Aug/130

Gnocchi with Summer Squash, Corn, and Goat Cheese

Well Dined | Gnocchi with Summer Squash, Corn, and Goat Cheese

I find it hard to come up with dinner ideas in the summer, I don't know if anyone else has this problem.  All I want to do is snack on fruit, salads, or fresh tomatoes with cheese.  And I definitely don't want to hang out in the kitchen for too long.  But this?  I would seriously make this every week if my husband would let me.  This is the BEST summer dish ever.  Gnocchi, summer squash, and fresh sweet corn sauteed in butter and topped with goat cheese, basil, chives, and a splash of lemon juice - perfection.  Plus (other than boiling the water), it takes less than 10 minutes to put together!

Well Dined | Gnocchi with Summer Squash, Corn, and Goat Cheese

Just look at it, you know you want it.  Warm and filling, but not heavy, with bright pops of veg and fresh herbs, it's the goat cheese that sends it over the edge into awesome territory.  If you crumble the cheese on top and don't stir it in, then you get a little bit of melted creaminess but also bits of cold that really compliment the gnocchi.  Also, I used goat butter - cuz I'm FANCY... and it's delicious.

Well Dined | Gnocchi with Summer Squash, Corn, and Goat Cheese

I served it as a side dish with salmon, but it would go well with chicken and it's perfect on it's own, as well.  Swing by your local farmer's market, snag some fresh produce, and let's get cooking!