Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Zucchini, Pepper, and Potato Bake

 Summertime means you've got more ingredients in the garden than you know what to do with.  Around here, that means everyone shows up to work with a bag of what used to be their favorite vegetable as they try to give them out to their colleague.  Every year I hear "why did I plant so many ____".  Well, because you love eating them.  Or you underestimate how much those plants provide.  Nevertheless, you can ALWAYS find a use for just about any vegetable, even if you're tired of eating them!  The great thing about setting aside space in your garden for potatoes, onion, garlic, and shallots is that there is no designated time that you have to pick them... you can pick a handful or so every week for eight weeks-- as long as they are big enough for you to enjoy.  That said, they work as a great filler for recipes when you've got to use up an ingredient you're tired of eating.  That's kind of what happened here.

For the record, my suggestion is, if you're friends-- or even just friendly accquantences with your neighbors, try to plan your garden accordingly with what they are planting.  If you see a dozen tomato plants in their yard and they aren't the kind of people to jar their own sauce, only plant 1 or two tomato plants and be prepared to give up some cucumbers for their tomatoes.  Communal gardening in this way tends to help manage the abundancies of monocrops in a way that doesn't leave everyone gardening pissed off and frustrated at the fact they now hate their former favorite food.

Or, you can just make something like this.

2 medium zucchini, quartered and cut into large pieces
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tbsp olive oil 
paprika to taste
salt to taste 
ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven at 400.
Cut up vegetables, potatoes, and garlic.

In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs, salt, black pepper, and paprika.

In a large bowl, add vegetables.  Pour bread crumb mix over the vegetables, and mix well.

On pan, spray olive oil evenly, place the vegetables over the olive oil, and spray the top with olive oil thoroughly. 

Bake for 45 minutes- 1 hour, depending on the thickness of your cuts.

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