Hello! Welcome to the CookingTiger blogspot! I am debating changing the name to CookingTiger Hidden Vegan but we’ll see. I am an avid hockey player, runner and enjoy other sports. I am always looking for delicious new recipes to give me the fuel to succeed. With the local farmers markets now in full gear, I am fully enjoying the benefits of having new and wonderful produce to work with through the summer months.
Garlic scapes I found a couple of weeks ago were turned in to garlic scape pesto. I used some of the pesto as part of the filling for stuffed shells topped with a low-fat, low-sodium marinara sauce. Some of it used to top toasted french bread, sprinkled with cheese, of course.
This past week it was squash blossoms. I stuffed them with a cheese mixture, dredged them in egg white with a little lemon juice, and panko bread crumbs, then flash fried them to crisp them up and finished them off in the oven. I actually found a recipe that called for dredging them in chocolate! But I decided to stick with the panko for now. If I find more squash blossoms this week, I’ll try the chocolate.
I will see what I can find at the Logan Square Farmers Market (Chicago) this week and write more about that and include recipes. The whole idea is to be creative and come up with new things to do or new twists on existing recipes. I would love to have people tell me their ideas for what will end up being the “Item of the Week”. Sometimes it may be more common items such as rainbow chard (growing on my balcony) or it may be unique and seasonal items like the garlic scapes.
I am trying very hard to make one meal a week (minimum) a meatless meal, but the carnivorous side of me (I am a Tiger after all) needs the burgers and steaks! My women’s hockey team, the Evanston (IL) Tigers will be playing in Nationals this coming year so I want to be ready. I am also doing the Chicago Marathon in October as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. The goal is to find balance and enjoy the steak and onion rings, but equally enjoy the eggplant manicotti. And of course, to end up in better shape.