Last night was a late Saturday night of enjoying some outdoor live music, followed by an early morning of my dance class. By 9:15am on a Sunday, I am awesomely sweaty and feel reasonably incredible. I come home, my kids are groggily mulling about the house, enjoying a last lazy Sunday and there is the creeping hint of Fall in the air. I love the whole scene. I know it is blasphemy to want summer to end but, I am more of a spiritual being anyhow. So with the summer's imminent end, perhaps there is your desire to eat fewer cheeseburgers, truncate the hours of day-drinking and narrow the number of ice cream cones from daily to once a week.
My big back to Fall schedule trick? I know, the anticipation is mounting...Wait for it: Keep roasted vegetables in the fridge to throw onto or into anything. Sorry, not as exciting as you might have thought?
The process is equally not exciting (but so good). Open the refrigerator, pull out every vegetable you have and sauté it. Then put it in a glass tupperware and store it for days. This way when you open the fridge, you see this gorgeous, I-promise -delicious vat of goodness. Throw this sauté on top of raw lettuce, mix it in with some brown rice, layer on a fresh baguette with some cheese. Or do what I do and just sprinkle salt and pepper and eat plain. Anything goes. As long as it once grew from the land.
Any vegetable that you like. Here: zucchini, wild and white mushroom, baby spinach, kale, potatoes, scallion
Coarse chop all of the vegetables. Heat the sauté pan, sprinkle olive oil and put the vegetable in first that needs the most time. Here, potatoes. Yell at your kids to stop doing that. Whatever "that" is. Return to watch your vegetables cook. Once potatoes have browned, you can add the vegetables that are more watery like the zucchini or spinach because they won't steam the potatoes at this point. Give an ultimatum to your oldest kid that "he should know better". Throw in remaining vegetables, stir and brown to your liking, salt and pepper artistically and drop the mic. You're done. Or pick up the mic one more time if you want to sprinkle some fresh green on top, like scallion or parsley. And then drop the mic. Then give your kids a hug and make them try mushrooms.
So much better than the leftover chicken fingers that were your other choice when you opened the fridge. Happy end of summer.