Summer time is our busiest; however, for many this is the reverse when school starts. To keep that amazing gut feeling in your food life we have a couple of recipes to add to the food relationship. These recipes at substance, healing power necessary to sustain you, but not weigh you down either. I find veggies and herbs are an excellent way to get the nourishment without a heavy gut discussion afterwards. These recipes of my favs in the food relationship, nourishes well and not complicated.
Mediterranean Inspired Pasta Dish- aka “I’m obsessed with olives and herbs”
Feed approximately 4 people
- Pasta or “Pasta”: (pictured) g-free linguine or zoodles, linguine, fresh pasta, etc. 12 oz pasta or 2 zucchini
- Olive oil 2-3 tbsp
- Garlic cloves: 3 cloves, diced
- Fresh parsley: about 1/2 cup chopped (optional add in dried parsley 2 tbsp)
- Green olives: 1/2 cup diced
- Roma tomatoes, 3 diced
- Shredded parmesan cheese
- For packaged pasta cooked as directed and set aside. For zoodles, saute in 2 tbsp of butter for about 5 minutes or soft and firm.
- In a skillet pour in olive oil, garlic and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes
- Add in diced tomatoes, green olives (if using dried parley add here) and cook for 3-5 minutes.
- Add in pasta or “pasta” and fresh parsley. Cook for about 3 minutes
- Plate and mix in parmesan cheese in preferred amounts (I love cheese, no judgement from me)
Pasta and veggies are a favorite combo but I love tzatziki like none other, that with grilled veggies and flat bread, it’s an upbeat gut feeling.
Grilled veggies with Rosemary Flat Bread, Tzatziki Sauced
Feeds 4-5 people
Minus picky veggie eaters
Rosemary Flat Bread
- Gluten free all purpose or Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 flour (g free), all purpose flour (for g)
- Dried Rosemary 2 tbsp
- Garlic, 2 cloves diced
- 1 egg
- Baking powder 1 1/2 tsp
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of water
- Olive oil
Cooking flat Bread
- Preheat oven to 400ºF
- Mix dried ingredients first (flour, rosemary, baking powder, garlic)
- Stir in egg and milk
- Slowly pour half the water in to mix. Each flour is different and some absorb water more that others. As you mix, slowly add in the rest of the water. Stop when the ingredients are mixed well but the dough isn’t sticky. If it does’t become sticky, add a touch more flour.
- Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet (it can be placed on a baking stone with no oil)
- Take a 1/2 cup size portion, roll into a ball and press flat. All of this can be done with your hands. No other tools required.
- Bake flat bread for 8-10 minutes on each side.
Just the Basics Tzatziki Sauce
- plain Greek yogurt 5 oz
- Dill, dried 1 tsp
- lemon juice 1 12 tsp
- Mix all ingredients together and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours
- Zucchini 2, sliced long ways
- Yellow squash 2, sliced long ways
- Tomatoes on the vine 4, cut into quarters
- Mushrooms 8 oz
- Fresh oregano 1/2 cup chopped
- Fresh parsley 1/2 cup chopped
- olive oil
- Optional addtions: olives (yes plz), red onion, eggplant, bell peppers, carrots
There are two options here. Throw it on the grill or bake. Since our grill is O-3 (out of order) these directions are for baked. I know the ultra professional tip is to give temperatures but if I’m honest- I forget half the time (ADHD). Much of our relationships don’t have measuring tools, cooking veggies can be one of those instances.
- Oven preheated to 375ºF
- Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet then lay out veggies on baking sheet(s). Zucchini and squash cook the fastest, place them together. Place tomatoes and mushrooms together as well.
- Sprinkle chopped oregano and parsley over veggies.
- Put in tomatoes and mushrooms first. They need a good 15 minute head start.
- After 15 minutes place zucchini and squash. Cook an additional 10 minutes.
- Check veggies to make sure they are soft but firm to touch with a fork. Or knife. Please don’t use your fingers. Trust me.
Throw it all together in any combo you like.
Cooked veggies are easy to digest. With herbs, vegetables reduce inflammation from gut to brain. Grain sustains and adds fuel. It’s a food relationship to satisfy and provide great gut feelings. Come back next week for simple ways to deal with the aches and “pains in the neck.” Subscribe and then your tools for an exceptional life comes to you. 🥘💌
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