Finding inspiration in food

August 8, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

What inspires you in the kitchen?  For me, my food inspiration comes from visiting farmer’s markets & watching my garden grow (and actually produce) fresh-as-you-can-get veggies.  As a dietitian, I know all about the nutrients in food, what types of foods to eat for health, etc, etc.  But sometimes I don’t want to think about the nutritional content of food, I just want to focus on the pleasure it brings me.  The best tasting food comes from “real” food in its simplest form and there is no better season to enjoy this food than in the summer.  Tomatoes, zucchini, squash and eggplant are now flourishing in gardens and these foods don’t need much adornment.  “Googootz” is the the Italian slang for zucchini and I recently had the pleasure of partaking in this simple Italian dish which was basically sautéed zucchini with tomatoes & sprinkled with some fresh parmesan cheese & basil.  Throw in an egg for good measure (and some protein) and you have a main dish meal.  A Google search yielded many different versions of Googutz, but I find this simple dish doesn’t really require a recipe.  Simply pick vegetables from your garden and prepare with love.

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