Veggie of the Hour: Zucchini Flower

//Veggie of the Hour: Zucchini Flower

Tah-dah - sauteed zucchini flowers with fresh peas, cherry tomatoes and sweet onions on quinoa

Even someone who loves food as much as I do can get stuck in an eating rut. When you try to eat healthfully it can become the same ol’ brown rice cycle. When this happens, I find the best thing to do is to find something at the grocery store that you’ve never cooked before and just give it a whirl. This happened to me last week when I was having major dinner blahs – and upon visiting my neighborhood fruit and veggie market (which has amazingly unique but pricey produce), I was delighted to find myself something I’ve wanted to cook for years: Zucchini Flowers.
Yes, I had first seen them deep fried on The Food Network, and the idea of something so delicate being battered and fried made me fantasize about the wonderful crunch they’d make. Now, I try to keep my fried foods at a low, but as I know from Eastern Medicine and also read in Alicia Silverstone’s Vegan Cook Book “The Kind Diet”, sometimes fried foods can be balancing. They’re warm and grounding, and as long as we don’t go overboard, perfectly fine to indulge in. The Ayurvedic credo goes: Everything in Moderation, Even Moderation.
Last time I spotted them, I had seen them at a farmer’s market, but alas they sold their last bunch to the man ahead of me! So, you can imagine how excited I was to find them… You’d be surprised how giddy veggies can get me. My only next problem was figuring out what to do with them.
I don’t own a deep-fryer (thank heavens – or the “not going overboard” would be much harder) so I had to be creative. So, instead I sauteed them in olive oil along with fresh peas, diced onions and sweet cherry tomatoes that I also bought that day. I figured that the water from the tomatoes would create an almost steam effect so that the flowers didn’t get dried out and overcooked.
Well, yum-me because served on a bed of quinoa these floral treats are both pretty to look at and tasty. The stems taste like Zucchini but the flowers are a bit sweeter, making them much more delicious. And lucky for me, it saved me from another uninspired meal (its been a busy week), making Zucchini Flowers the veggie of the hour.

2012-02-07T19:30:22-04:00 By |Healthy Eating|0 Comments

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