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April 2, 2012 / An Anthology of Clouds

Zucchini, Dill, Quinoa, Feta Heaven

Zucchini dill walnut quinoa dish

Zucchini-dill-walnut-quinoa heaven

So, this zucchini-dill-walnut-feta-quinoa heaven came originally from a Heidi Swanson recipe for Sauteed Zucchini, which I made one evening last year substituting walnuts for the almonds Heidi calls for and putting it over brown rice. I’ve now made it both ways and think walnuts are much better and the almonds are unnecessary. In this version photographed, I put the zucchini over quinoa, but actually think it’s better over brown rice. The rice adds a depth that goes amazingly with the walnuts. This is one of those so-easy-to-make meals that feels so healthy to eat, you’re energized and perceptibly nourished, afterwards. I should cook like this every night. (Also, I pureed a bit of the zucchini (pre-adding-quinoa) for the baby and he scarfed the whole thing down!)

Recipe after this photo:

2 medium zucchini
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 medium shallots or new red onions, thinly sliced
olive oil, sea salt
handful of dill
handful of walnuts, chopped
feta cheese to top
few cups of cooked quinoa or brown rice (I do 1 cup uncooked quinoa or 1.5 uncooked brown rice, for dinner for 2 adults)

Sautee the garlic in oil in your largest skillet for a few minutes, until fragrant. Add the onions and a big pinch of salt, and sautee till translucent. Then add the zucchini, in as close to a single, flat layer as possible, toss to coat, add some more salt and… don’t touch it. You want the zucchini to brown. This is also why you need your hugest skillet. If you crowd it, it will steam instead of browning, which is not delicious, in a zucchini*. After 5-7 minutes toss it and let some other bits brown for a few more minutes, and you’re done. Add the dill and the nuts.

I then mixed the veg with the quinoa, seasoned some more, and added the feta last. Yum, yum, yum!

*I find  zucchini to be a difficult vegetable to cook. Heidi says if you’re increasing the quantity for this preparation, you gotta fry the zucchini in batches, anyway.

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