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Ratatouille

Ratatouille, as many of you might be familiar with from the Disney/Pixar Movie, is a traditional French dish which consists of various vegetables and herbs. It’s a perfect summertime dish, because all the vegetables are in season, and it doesn’t require you to turn on the oven! To make this ratatouille you will need: 1 yellow onion, 1 1/2 zucchinis, 1 summer squash, 1 1/2 bell peppers (I used 1 orange and 1/2 red), 1 can of diced tomatoes, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil (divided), 1 teaspoon of herbs de Provence*, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

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Ribboned Asparagus Salad

I made this Ribboned Asparagus Salad last Sunday, after mulling over sides to serve with a steak dinner. I was just going to roast the asparagus, which is one of my favorite ways to prepare this veggie, but then I decided turning it in a raw salad would be a nice change! This salad was incredibly refreshing, and provided a great contrast to a hot meal. I know that peeling asparagus may sound a little overwhelming, but it only took me about fifteen minutes to “ribbon” the entire bunch!

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Grilled Corn and Avocado Salsa

Sorry things have been quiet around here, Chris and I were in Florida this weekend for a wedding! I created this Grilled Corn and Avocado Salsa on a whim, because I thought my Blackened Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia needed a little something fresh to make it pop. I was pleasantly surprised by my creation, Chris and I actually ending up eating the rest of this bowl with tortilla chips. I will definitely be making this again, it’s a great twist on your typical guacamole/salsa because the grilled corn adds a nice sweetness.

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Roasted Asparagus and Broccoli Israeli Couscous Salad

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Roasted Asparagus. Roasted Broccoli. Pasta Pearls. Feta Cheese. Please tell me what’s not to like?! I came up with this Roasted Asparagus and Broccoli Israeli Couscous Salad in March when temperatures were in the upper 70’s.  I was itching for summertime, and super light but satisfying meals. I could eat this on its own as a meal, but I served it with quick and easy Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts, to keep the male contributor to this blog happy.

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Favorite Roasted Vegetables

If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I l-o-v-e roasted vegetables. I have been known to eat an entire pan of them for dinner, and am not ashamed one bit. They are so easy and versatile, and are ready in 20-25 minutes! I try to pick vegetables that are in season, but my all-time favorite combination is zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, green peppers, broccoli, and red onion. I sometimes substitute  artichoke hearts for the broccoli when I can find a good deal on them.

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