Monday, July 16, 2012

"Delicious", Nutritious, and a Zucchini snack!

The downtown Hilo Farmers Market is one of our favorite places to shop for local produce. (It's so fun, even Flat Stanley likes to go!)
Not only do we buy fresh, locally grown produce like papayas, bananas, garlic, kale, zucchinni, string beans, and dragon fruit, we also occasionally indulge in some sweet, Asian treats! This picture below is of our 3 boys stopping for a snack of Biko and Mochi, a.k.a. sticky-sugary-fried-coconutty-rice-flour-treats. MMmmm...

One of my absolute favorite snacks to make when we get home from the Farmers Market is something I like to call "Rebekah's Sauteed Zucchini" because I had it for the first time at my friend Rebekah's house a few years back. I've been hooked ever since! Here's the super-easy recipe:

All you need is 2 large zucchini's, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and as much minced garlic as you can handle! (I like 4-5 cloves)
*First mince your garlic into tiny pieces.
**Next chop your zucchini into bite size triangles.
**Now heat your pan to medium-hot, and add olive oil and garlic.
**Let garlic sizzle then add zucchini pieces immediately.
**Stir around for several minutes until zucchini is coated thoroughly with oil and garlic.
**Cover for ten minutes with a lid, to let zucchini steam and soften, turning heat down to low..
**Take the lid off and stir for a few more minutes.
**After about 15-20 minutes of total cooking time, zucchini should be soft, infused with garlic, and ready to grind!

Speaking of nutritious, healthy food, I was the lucky recipient of a blog giveaway last month, where I won a personally autographed CD from the band Orange Sherbert! The giveaway was from the Cherry Blossoms blog, and you have no idea how stoked I was that I actually won! (Thanks Cherry Blossoms!)
When I read about the contest, I clicked right away to the Orange Sherbet website to check it out. The album is called "delicious" and the music definitely lives up to it's name! At their website, I listened to the songs, read about the inspiration behind the music, and fell in love with this band immediately! Not only do they deliver a delightful array of jazzy melodies and sweet lullabyes, perfect for children, but their music is all about the celebration of eating foods in their seasons! It’s genius!
I've been playing it in the kitchen as our kids wait for morning breakfast. I look over to see them rocking and dancing to the rhythms of "Waffle day" and "Farmers Market." I hear my four year old shout out excitedly,"I just heard them say pumpkin and garlic, Mom!!" We all love the cute, little ditties about the four seasons, too. We made up a game where at the end of each song we try to name as many fruits and vegetables as we can remember. I can't get these tunes out of my head throughout the day and find myself rapping to the beat of,
"Tomatoes on the vine, tomatoes love to climb, tomatoes smell delicious in the warm sunshine!"

I would recommend this CD to anyone who loves music, loves kids, and loves teaching them about the natural cycle of eating healthy, local foods, in their seasons. Although we live in Hawaii where a lot of our same foods are grown all year long, I think my kids can appreciate the educational value of learning about growing and eating a variety of foods. Thank you Orange Sherbet for a wonderful contribution to the world!
Sincerely, the Jacksons in Hawaii who eat a lot of avocados.


Da Denninghoff's said...

my old next door neighbors in Utah would deliver fresh veggies from their garden twice a week in the summer time. They would always give us Zuchinni, oh I miss those days. Yummy treat!Thanx for sharing:)

Sally Jackson said...

Oh what wonderful neighbors, you lucky ducks!! Zucchini is my favorite veggie next to spinach!