Thursday, August 20, 2009
Summer Squash Burritos
I admit that the only reason I planted zucchini was because they seemed guaranteed to succeed. As much as everything else in my first year don't-have-a-clue-what-I'm-doing garden could potentially fail, I knew that zucchini would probably make it. And while I have yet to encounter the zucchini craziness that other gardeners describe, I can happily say that yes, they are growing, and yes, I have harvested them. So I say, Booyah! And that is not a word one throws around willy nilly.
Once the zucchini has been harvested, one faces the eternal question of "what can I do with all this zucchini?" What indeed? These burritos were a quick, tasty dinner one night when I was facing garden zucchini, pattypan squash from the farmer's market, and a bunch of leftover salsa from the Man of Science's ambitious Tuesday night meal. I threw the black beans in for protein and voila! Yet another use for zucchini was born.
Summer Squash Burritos
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
2 cloves of garlic, chopped small
2 shallots, chopped
3 medium sized pattypan squash, diced.
3 small zucchini, diced
2 cups cooked or canned black beans
juice of 1/2 a lemon
4 tbsp salsa
salt and pepper to taste
tortilla for wrapping
cilantro and more salsa for garnish
Heat olive oil over medium high heat, add chili powder.
Add shallots and garlic saute until tender.
Reduce heat to medium, add squash and zucchini, cover, let cook for three to five minutes, depending how tender you want your veggies.
Uncover, stir in beans, lemon juice, salsa, and season with salt and pepper.
Wrap in a tortilla and bake in a 350 degree oven for five minutes, or until edges are brown.
Serve with fresh cilantro and more salsa.
-If you are fortunate enough to live in a place where decent vegan cheese is readily available, then some fakey cheese would probably be an excellent addition to these. I melted some jalapeno Havarti on the Man of Science's burritos and he pronounced them delicious.
-I have been eating entirely vegan for a week and a half and I think it's going to continue. I don't know why I was surprised by how much better I feel when I avoid dairy. I also find it much easier to be completely one way or another because it requires fewer tiny decisions on a daily basis. So perhaps I am vegan because I am lazy. Ha! In all seriousness, my morning running has become much easier this week and I have felt happier and more alert.
-I wrote this entire post while listening to Yo La Tengo's album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. I forgot how lovely this record is. Yo La Tengo on the record player and a summer night and some sleepy dogs equals a wonderful.