Monday, December 19, 2011

Naughty or Nice?

I am not a big believer in "good foods" versus "bad foods." While some things are best not to eat every day and for every meal, nothing in and of itself is really a bad food...except marshmallow fluff. That is bad stuff. No matter what. Trust me. 

Anyway, I believe in attempting balance and moderation. Therefore, since I spent most of Sunday in my annual fudge making experience, it is time to balance that with a few vegetables. The fresher the veggie prep, probably the better after using over 7 pounds of confectioner's sugar in one day. (I didn't eat all the fudge, though...just little samples...a new one, Lemon Drop, is edging its way into my favorites.)

Zucchini sauteed in garlicky oil until golden, cherry tomatoes warmed until bursting with their juices, and vivid, fresh basil combine to make a lovely, balanced side dish with some simply prepared fish and a loaf of crusty bread. It is a lighter meal that balances well with the sugary, sweets of the season.

Nothing is naughty. It is all nice with Sauteed Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Basil On My Plate.

(adapted from Farm+House+Table)

4 zucchini, sliced lengthwise into spears
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
3 cloves garlic, sliced
olive oil
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 small bunch basil, torn into large pieces

Heat olive oil in braising pan.  
Add the garlic and saute briefly.
Add the zucchini, in batches, and cook until golden, turning to sear each side.
You may need to pull the garlic out while sauteing the zucchini, if it starts to darken too much. Burnt garlic isn't a good thing.
Add the sliced cherry tomatoes.  
When tomatoes begin to soften and release juices, return zucchini to the pan.
Season with salt and pepper. 
Add basil and toss to combine. (Serves 4)

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