Monday, June 29, 2009

A call for yellow squash recipes

Regarding gardening, it's not too late to get one started! And, it doesn't really take up that much space. My garden is only 10x16 feet and contains yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and parsley. Many people even grow veggies in flower pots on apartment balconies. Fresh veggies from a garden blow away those you buy at the grocery store. Garden veggies are not just fresher but tend to also have much better flavor than store bought.

Like every year, I have planted a small garden with every inch jam packed with veggies. And, like always, I try to plant at least one thing that I've never tried to grow before. This year's experimental veggie is two small mounds of yellow squash. Today, I went to check my garden and picked an entire grocery bag full of yellow squash. It looks like the squash is going to grow fast and produce much more than I could possibly eat. Yellow squash is very low in net carbohydrates. If any of you have good uses for it or would mind sharing recipes, please post comments and share with us!

Grilled Romaine with Ceasar-Cado Dressing - 6 net carbs

My wife is a big fan of Rachael Ray. This recipe was pulled from Rachael Ray's web site. I've never thought of grilling lettuce before, but absolutely love the grilled flavor. The dressing also is to die for.

I'm estimated 6 net carbs to be on the safe side. I wasn't really certain about the net carb count on romaine lettuce hearts so I used the count for a whole head. The hearts are smaller so the real count might be a little lower.


Grilled Romaine with Caesar-cado Dressing

Makes 4 servings at about 6 net carbs per serving.

Ingredients:

1 avocado pitted (6.7 net carbs)
Juice of 2 lemons (8.5 net carbs)
2 tsp. anchovy paste (0 net carbs)
2 cloves garlic chopped/pressed (0.2 net carbs)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (less than 1 net carb)
salt & pepper to taste (0 net carbs)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (0 net carbs)
2 romaine hearts split lengthwise half way through core. (about 10 net carbs?)

non-stick cooking spray

Instructions:



  1. Pre-heat grill to med-high.
  2. In food processor, combine all ingredients except lettuce and olive oil. Pulse to chop everything. Then turn on high and add olive oil until thick dressing forms.
  3. Dry romaine heads. Spray cut sides with cooking oil. Grill cut-side down until marked (about 2 minutes).
  4. Serve romaine topped with Caesar-cado dressing.

Rachael Ray recommends serving with Tequila-Lime Chicken with tex-Mex-chimi-Chop. This is also a good recipe that is relatively low in carbs.