Summer Bounty
In case you didn’t notice, I added the nutritional info on the meat loaves.  I also changed one of the recipes to reflect a better count.  The difference in the ingredients and quantities is not enough to change the flavor just make it better nutritionally.
All the beautiful tomatoes are available.  If you are one of the lucky ones, you grew your own.  This summer I didn’t grown them.  (sigh!!)  But I did buy some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes at the Roseville Farmer’s Market (by Trader Joes).  This was almost a 2 pound tomatoe.  I sliced it and poured a good tasting olive oil on them and sprinkled them with a “finishing” grey salt.  They were like a piece of meat.  Served along a grilled piece of fish or meat is a perfect summer meal.  
We have also been eating a lot of great salads.  Tonight I had a piece of flank steak in my freezer.  I defrosted it and mixed up some olive oil and red wine vinegar, salt and pepper, a few chile flakes for zing, marinated it for 30 minutes.  I grilled it on my G.Foreman grill, sliced it thinly and served it over greens. I carmelized some onions (sliced onions cooked with just 2 teaspoons of oil for 20 minutes or until carmelized)and added tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and a few more raw onions.  I made a salad dressing of olive oil and red wine vinegar.  Delicious, easy and fast.  
The great thing about salads is that you can make one out of just about anything.  You could use a deli chicken, it’s easy and already cooked.  Open up a can of salmon, tuna or chicken.  Add beans.  White beans, pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, garbonzos, lentils  along with corn off the cob or frozen or canned.  Any vege you have would work great.  I like to use romaine.  When I go to Trader Joes I like to get a package of arugula to add to my salads.  Yum, yum.  Or you could add nuts and dried chopped fruits.  Careful on these items, they do add up in calories.
Summer Bounty
Monday, August 21, 2006
Steak and carmelized onions.  Other veges are on the bottom waiting to be mixed in.
some of the veges added to the salad.  
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