Thursday, March 31, 2016

San Pedro River at Charleston Road

Today one of my friends and I took a short hike down at the San Pedro River; but at a different part of it than I usually go to.  We parked in the lot near the bridge on Charleston Road, then made our way down the bank to walk along the river.  The goal was to find a wall of graffiti going under the old railroad tracks. 

Found it!

I wasn't out there for wildlife today, but I did notice quite a few birds (flycatchers mostly) along the river, so I'll probably head out there again with my 500mm lens soon.  We also discovered that there's a petroglyph site not far from here, so that's on the near-term agenda too. 


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Zucchini Pasta with Tomato and Onions

So last night I was really tempted to make myself a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.  Not totally bad for me, but I knew that I had some better stuff in the fridge, and since I knew I'd probably write about what I ate, the veggies might be a better choice ... lol, this accountability thing might just work after all.   :-)

This was just a simple "pasta" dish using zucchini squash in place of the pasta, and tomato, onion, spices and olive oil instead of sauce from a jar.  I've cooked this dish before, both for myself and with a friend.  It's been delicious every time.  I suppose I could have just sliced up the zucchini, but a couple of months back I got on Amazon and ordered one of those Veggetti slicers  that you may have seen on TV.  It works pretty much as advertised.  It took me just over a minute to turn a medium sized zucchini into a pile of "pasta" strands.

Here is the entire ingredient list:
  • 1 zucchini squash ... spiral sliced 
  • 1/4 red onion ... thinly sliced 
  • A dozen or so cherry (or regular) tomatoes ... cut in smaller pieces 
  • 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil 
  • Italian spice, salt, pepper, pinch of garlic powder 
  • Parmesan cheese
After gathering and preparing all the ingredients, the first step is to heat up some oil in the pan, then add the sliced onions with a little Italian seasoning:

After the onions had cooked for a couple of minutes I mixed in the zucchini strands:  

The finally the tomatoes, with a little more Italian spice, garlic and some salt & pepper: 

After everything is in the pan, it really only takes a couple more minutes for everything to thoroughly heat and soften up a bit.  When it was all done, I toasted a piece of bread, sprinkled on some parmesan cheese and sat down for tasty, but healthy meal.  

I hope you found this post helpful ... and if you decide to make this yourself, please come back to let me know how it goes.  :-)