Here’s a fun fact for the day: summer squash can yield anywhere from 10-30 tons of fruits per acre in a single growing season. Sounds like a lot? You have no idea. Compare that to poultry: only 250 chickens could and should be produced per acre, considering they are being raised humane and “free-range”. But for whatever reason, folks have a hard time making anything tasty with their bounty of squashes. What they don’t know is there are three things summer squash loves best, and that’s garlic, cheese and balsamic vinegar. Try these Vegetarian Summer Quesadillas and see for yourself!
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 of one organic onion, chopped
2 organic summer squashes of approximately 4-6″
1/3 cup organic Thai basil, chopped
1/3 cup organic parsley, chopped
a splash [Napa Valley Naturals] organic balsamic vinegar
1 cup [Tillamook] cheddar cheese, shredded
Cut each squash length-wise, and chop into halves. Heat oil in skillet, and add onion. Saute onion and garlic over medium heat until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add squash, parsley and basil onto skillet and splash them with balsamic vinegar to taste. Cook until squash is crisp-tender, about 5 to 8 minutes, and transfer to a bowl. Rub one side of corn tortilla with olive oil and place (oiled side down) into skillet. Place squash mixture onto one side of tortilla and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Pepper cheese to taste. Close tortilla in half over vegetables and cheese. Cook and flip until tortilla is golden and crispy on both sides. Continue heating and filling tortillas until vegetables are gone! (Or keep mixture contained in refrigerator for tomorrow’s lunch!) Serve with salsa and sour cream.
And that concludes today’s righteous recipe. You know, this kind of thing always tastes best when it’s fresh-picked. To know more about how to prepare the ingredients or to learn my adventures and realizations at our organic farm, follow me on Twitter @prairiemuffins! I update darling photos of my daughter, farm life and all kinds of delicious things that I don’t dare reveal their recipes here! Also, stay tuned for a new topic for Independence on Thursday. 😉