What a beautiful day it is in the great state of South Carolina! So, I was able to sleep a little later this morning… as in 7:30 ish instead of 6:30 ish. You wanna know why? CURTAINS! After living in this cute, little house for almost 6 weeks now, we got some curtains for our bedroom. Up until Friday, only the bathroom had curtains. So, anyone walking down North Street, including all of our poor neighbors, have been able to clearly see our life unfolding in our cute, little house.
But I also love curtains because they block out that sun in the early weekend mornings when you’re trying to sleep just a little bit later. Well, I would show you a picture of our curtains, but they don’t even match right now. I tried to save us some $$ by buying mismatched curtains. I know, too frugal, right? It made sense in my head though at the time…just like all my other great ideas. Anyway, I hung them up in our bedroom proudly, and thought to myself – “Dan will never know!” But sure enough. He came home from work, and the first thing he asked was…”Umm, why are the curtains different?” Dangit.

I can’t fool anyone. So, I gave in and went to GVL with my friend Lindsey yesterday and bought some new, MATCHING curtains (PTL for HomeGoods). I’m going to hang them up today. And someday soon, I’ll get around to buying some for our living room. You’re welcome, North Street residents.

Enough about curtains…

Now that the weather is consistently warmer, local markets are beginning to reopen, and that makes me happy. There’s nothing like getting fresh veggies and other random essentials from the local market. There’s a market in Anderson that we LOVE. It’s called Concord Produce Market. And honestly, the prices there are consistently cheaper than what you’ll find at the grocery store. And you get to support a small, local business, so why not, eh? Unfortunately, since we moved, I don’t drive by it on my way home from the gym anymore, so I had no idea they were even open yet until my friend, Nicole posted a pic of her purchases yesterday.

So, I thought I would celebrate the start of fresh produce/market season with a sautéed squash and zucchini side that is pretty easy–actually it’s really easy. And depending on how much you make, you can eat off the leftovers and include it in your meal prepping for the week. It’s paired well with any protein really, but I would recommend fresh, grilled chicken, or this stuffed chicken I told you about a couple of weeks ago!

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Sautéed Squash and Zucchini Side

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Makes 4 Servings
For Zone: Each serving = 0 block P, 1 block C, 1 block F
Prep time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 3 medium zucchinis – **I prefer a little more zucchini than squash**
  • 3 small to medium squashes (mine happened to be extra small, so I used 4)
  • garlic (As much as I would prefer real garlic cloves, we were out. Bummer. And I decided I wasn’t going to the grocery store, so a little bit of my TJ’s garlic salt had to do, and I’m ok with that)
  • black pepper, cumin, lemon pepper seasoning (from TJ’s) — all to taste
  • 1-1/3 tbsp olive oil – or another favorable cooking oil (but I like olive oil for this particular recipe)
Instructions: 
  • Wash your fresh zucchini and squash in the sink, and allow to dry
  • Cut up your zucchini and squash – There are multiple ways to do this, but I like cutting my squash into small little circles. For my zucchini, I like cutting half into circles, and half long- ways (hotdog style). I dunno… just look at the picture. Also, make sure you cut the ends off and discard.
  • Throw cut veggies in a big bowl and mix in 1-1/3 tbsp olive oil.
  • Mix spices in (black pepper, cumin, garlic salt- if you don’t have any fresh garlic, like me, and lemon pepper seasoning
  • Mix in oil and spices evenly over veggies with hands (Only if you’re hands are clean that is..hopefully you have clean hands). If not, a fork or large spoon works great.
  • Throw veggies on a large pan, on low to medium heat. You shouldn’t need to add anymore oil to pan.
  • It should take about 10-15 minutes for your veggies to sauté. Make sure that you are mixing them around your pan every minute or so. We wanna make sure the entire amount is cooked evenly.
Remove from pan, and they are ready to eat. Too easy, right?

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Notes: If you’re rindin’ solo, or cooking for 2, like us, eat some now, and save some for another meal. This is a great way to prep food for the week. Some veggies taste like burnt butt when you try to heat them back up, but for me, squash and zucchini aren’t that bad heated back up. 
For Zone eaters: I based my serving size off of a 3 block meal, which is what I tend to eat. This amt is about 1-1/3 cup of veggies. It fits nicely on a small plate. It would go great with a 3 oz piece of chicken, topped with 2 tbsp of avocado, along with some diced sweet potatoes or a small spinach salad.. I dunno.. be creative.