Posts tagged ‘Grilled Vegetables’

June 2, 2011

Grilled Vegetables Summer Pasta

Sometimes, it’s what’s left in the fridge that dictates the direction that supper is going to take. This has pretty much been the case all week. Looks like I got a bit carried away when I bought vegetables last week and ended up having to use quite a large amount this week… well, for a single person, that is.

You see, I think I am a bit of a sale maniac. I tend to buy things sometimes just because they are on sale. Can’t miss out on a great bargain! So when I see gorgeous, fresh, plump and colourful bell peppers going for $1.99 a pound, I simply can’t resist buying way more than what I know I will be able to eat in a week. It’s like I HAVE to get at least 2 of each colour. No matter how much I try, I just CAN’T resist. I mean come on! Bell peppers usually go for 2 or 3 times that amount, you know! 😉

And of course, well, same goes for mushrooms, broccoli, eggplant, tomatoes… you get the idea!

Sometimes though, being forced to use certain ingredients is a beautiful thing, as it gives life to delightful creations, as was the case with this pasta dish. I don’t think I would’ve ever come up with this exact combination had it not been for the fact that I had to use those particular veggies. I had also planned on throwing some grilled tofu in there, but ended up forgetting. D’oh!

Mind you, it wasn’t all that necessary, the dish was extremely good and tasty as it was, but I find I am not eating enough protein lately, and adding tofu certainly would’ve helped in that department.

Oh well… now I will HAVE to use that tofu in the next dish that I make, else, I will end up having to chuck it. And, as I’ve said before, I hate wasting food. I sometimes wish they sold tofu in smaller packages… Now I will have to get creative, once again! 😉

 

INGREDIENTS
(serves 2-3)

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, oregano and za’atar, to taste
  • 175g – 200g whole wheat rotini
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 20g – 30g goat cheese, crumbled

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook pasta per instructions on the package. When cooked, drain and return to pot.
  2. Fire up your BBQ
  3. Slice aubergine and zucchini in thick slices, about 1″.
  4. Cut bell pepper in half, seed it and smash it to make it as flat as possible.
  5. Brush vegetables on both sides with a little bit of olive oil then sprinkle generously with salt, black pepper, oregano and za’atar.
  6. Grill vegetables on BBQ on medium-high heat until they get nice grill marks on them, about 4-5 minutes per side
  7. Cut grilled vegetables in bite size pieces and add to cooked pasta.
  8. Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine.
  9. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle with basil and goat cheese.

February 23, 2011

Grilled Vegetables Panini

I’d been in the mood for a good grilled vegetable sandwich for a little while now. You know, the kind of sandwich that is loaded with all sorts of veggies that you’ve thrown on a hot BBQ grill after brushing them with a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh basil, thyme, garlic. You get that smokey taste from the BBQ and the veggies stay crunchy, yet become very tender… I miss my BBQ. I can’t take winter anymore. That season is always way too long, if you ask me.

So tonight, I faked summer. I made myself a “make believe” summer BBQ grilled vegetables panini.

I simply sliced an aubergine and a zucchini, smashed half a yellow pepper to make it sort of flat, brushed all that with a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and loads of fresh basil, threw that in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes, while I was pan frying some mushrooms and a slab of tofu, which I also brushed with the oil mixture.

Once the veggies were done, I piled them between two slices of bread, added a couple of slices of smoked gouda, for some smokey flavor that would help remind me of summer, and I grabbed the whole thing and grilled it in the panini press. I’ve had that thing for well over, oh, I don’t know, 5 years now?, and used it for the very first time tonight. It’s a thing of beauty, really. I mean, it’s small and will only grill one sandwich at a time, but what a great little machine that is! I sure am happy with the result!

Even my daughter’s, who doesn’t care for mushroom, peppers or tofu, looked very good despite the fact that it lacked variety, in my opinion. Look at that cheese oozing. YUM!

Now if only the snow could melt, like that cheese…