I'm so fortunate to have clients who rave about my food and tell others how much they enjoy it. A frequent comment I often receive is "it must be amazing for you to eat like this all the time." well... umm... I shouldn't admit this, but... when it comes to my clients it's nothing but the best. Yet, when I cook for myself... I just want super quick and easy, I work with whatever's on hand, and I don't often fuss over what the final product looks like. Still, it's hard to go wrong with tasty vegetables.
So, last night I was working with half a zucchini, half a can of crushed tomatoes, and half a can of pinto beans left over from cooking for a client earlier in the day. I also had a really, really ripe avocado and a small head of red lettuce that were on the verge of turning to compost in my fridge. I decided on a salad topped with a Mexican style veggie sautee and sliced avocado. I sweated an onion in olive oil, added the half moons of zucchini, then stirred in some aromatic cumin and chili powder. Then I deglazed with the crushed tomatoes and a little water, and seasoned with salt and a few twists of fresh black pepper. In 15 minutes I had a delicious and satisfying meal.