09/19/12 - 0 Comments
Recipe of the Week: Warm Salad of Vegetables and Feta Cheese
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but a dish of steamed vegetables keeps you looking young, slim and sexy—and it’s absolutely delicious. Chef Adam Tapia has wowed us again with the culinary creations that keep coming from his expertly simple kitchen. Today, we’re proud to bring you his take on gourmet vegetarian fare with this Warm Salad of Vegetables and Feta Cheese. Six vegetables cooked in six easy steps, and only ten minutes of prep time—unbelievably easy!
The Basics: What exactly are we cooking (and why should we love it)?
“For this week’s recipe I have chosen a warm salad of vegetables. The pepper and onion give this dish a lovely sweetness and helps to balance the flavor [and] this dish is packed full of anti-oxidants and nutrients.”
“The recipe can easily be adapted and this really is a very simple and tasty way of eating vegetables. You can also use a steamer for the green vegetables, if you prefer. And guess what—it takes less than ten minutes to cook! Enjoy.”
Thanks, Adam! And with that, let’s get started.
Warm Salad of Vegetables and Feta Cheese
Serves 1 person
Total cooking time: Ten minutes
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
25 grams green beans
25 grams sugar snap peas
6 to 7 florets of broccoli (that’s the part that looks like a little tree)
5 pieces of asparagus, stalks removed
25 grams feta cheese
1 tbs. medium strength olive oil
salt to taste
Place a pan of lightly salted water on the stove to boil—and don’t forget the salt! Salt is, actually, one of the ingredients that Adam thinks is most important. “It helps maximize flavor and also nutrition,” he said in an interview we did earlier this summer; and adding the salt to your water makes the veggies seem more colorful (hurray for aesthetics!). Seriously, this is an important step.
In a separate saucepan, gently caramelize the peppers and onions, using a bit of olive oil.
Put the green beans and asparagus into the boiling water and cook on a strong simmer for three minutes.
Add the sugar snaps and the broccoli and cook for one minute.
Drain the simmering vegetables and add them to the caramelized peppers and onions. Add a pinch of salt and some olive oil to taste.
Toss the veggies in a bowl and crumble the feta on top. Enjoy!
Voilà—that’s it! And you wouldn’t believe how easy it is to turn this recipe into a healthy meal for two. Really, it’s as simple as cutting up the whole pepper and onion instead of half and buying some extra green beans, snap peas, broccoli and feta cheese. Even if your man loves his meat, this dish is delicious enough to convince him to give green goods a try. This weekend is the perfect time to teach your lover to love his veggies! And, for a vegan version, just scrap the cheese. Easy as that.
Photo credit: Will Hopkins