I can’t believe it’s almost July, which actually scares me a bit. Not just because this year is flying by, but it is also possible that I celebrate a milestone birthday next month. Yikes! And while 40 may be the new 20, my body doesn’t feel as youthful as it once did, nor is my metabolism quite as bouncy as I’d like it to be. This is why having delicious, good-for-me meals like this is more important than ever.
While this dish can be made year-round, it tastes especially good right now with all the bounty from your (or someone’s) garden. And speaking of garden bounty, I’m looking forward to visit my parents later this summer and can’t wait to enjoy all the yummy veggies from my Mom’s garden! Woot! Woot!
I love seeing my family at Christmas but it’s a jam-packed vacation. This one will be fairly relaxing, which will be a nice treat. I’ve been busy trying to find new recipes to test on the family, including a chocolate zucchini cake that I’m sure my Dad will love. 😉
I already forwarded the recipe to my Mom, which my Dad somewhat reluctantly passed on to her. He actually doesn’t mind some of her zucchini desserts (and even likes a few too) but veggies in desserts are treated somewhat suspiciously.
Because I couldn’t be home for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, I promised to make their featured treats, which made them pretty excited. I, on the other hand, am excited to eat my Mom’s tomatoes and sweet corn. It’s entirely possible that I might eat my weight in them, but they are veggies, so it can’t be that bad. Right?
Enough about how I plan to stuff myself silly when I go home, let’s talk about this delicious recipe. It’s the epitome of summer, chock full of fresh sweet corn, zucchini and cherry tomatoes. Plus, it’s a practically a protein machine with quinoa, chicken and garbanzo beans. Before you worry that I’ve completely gone to dark side, there is also some yummy, tangy feta cheese to balance all that good-for-you food.
I did grill the zucchini and corn, which is completely optional but delicious. You can sauté them in a pan if that’s more convenient or you don’t have a grill. My apartment has a grill on its rooftop patio, and I’ve been eyeballing it for some time. Finally, I decided to test my skills on veggies because if I ruined them it wouldn’t be as awful (or as costly) as ruining a ribeye steak.
This makes a great summer meal and reheats beautifully too. It’s true feel good food that you can enjoy guilt-free. Or at least until you eat ice cream for dessert. 🙂
Love Quinoa? Try These Recipes!
Oh quinoa, how I love thee. You are so tasty and good for me. Here are a couple great quinoa recipes to try.
This is one of my favorite dishes on the blog. It’s got big flavors but not a lot of calories. This is one of my go-to’s when I’m craving some healthy and delicious.
This is an excellent side dish. Quinoa is a bit bland by itself but it soaks up the lemony sauce beautifully. This would go with so many dishes and is particularly good with my Citrus Cod with Vegetables.
Happy and Healthy Eating!