We’re going nose-to-tail with our zucchini today! I saw these charmingly small organic zucchini at Whole Foods, and was inspired to cook them without trimming the ends off, chopping them up, or turning them into noodles. Sometimes, we just have to let zucchini be! It’s a beautiful vegetable, and when it’s browned like this and braised until tender, you can eat the whole entire thing.
Looking for more Whole30 recipes? Check out my cookbook Paleo Planet (there are over 80 in there!) and the Whole30 section of my recipe index.
Phew! Posting every single day is starting to get very exhausting!
Don’t get me wrong–I love to dream up recipes, cook, take pictures, and then write about it. It’s just that somehow I find myself on the couch each evening around 11, realizing there is so much work left to do! Yesterday’s post went up at 11:59 pm. It always takes a little bit of pressure to actually get my nose to the grindstone.
I think that since it’s 10:58 right now, and I already have the photos and the recipe all set, I should be getting this one up a little earlier.
But before I hit “publish”, though, let me tell you about this good-looking gratin!
This zucchini is slightly spicy thanks to the cumin, paprika, and cayenne, and has just a hint of tang thanks to the sherry vinegar. The vinegar, broth, spices, & shallots form a deliciously rich sauce that you can serve spooned over the zucchini, and/or on top of whatever protein you’re eating with it.
I had this for lunch alongside a pork chop, cooked using the method outlined in this recipe, seasoned with salt and pepper and just a little garlic powder. Bonus: if you decide to make these pork chops, with or without the apple compote, they can cook in the oven alongside the zucchini, and everything will be ready at the same time.
Mashed rutabaga and squash with roasted garlic is a paleo and vegan side dish that’s comforting and packed with flavor.
Have you ever tried rutabagas? They’re also called yellow turnips, and they make an amazing low-carb replacement for mashed potatoes. I was initially inspired to try them after seeing Ina Garten’s recipe for mashed rutabaga with crispy shallots, and I like to serve them with bacon-wrapped shrimp. I once asked Ben what his favorite dish that I’d ever made was, and he told me he’s always happy when I make mashed rutabaga.
Since I’m working on Thanksgiving sides this week, I wanted to put a fall spin on things. Here I’ve added winter squash, as well as a generous amount of roasted garlic. The combination of mashed rutabaga and squash is fabulous. Don’t be scared by the fact that this recipe calls for a whole head of garlic–once the cloves are roasted, they’re soft, mellow, and almost nutty. If you haven’t roasted garlic before, you have to try it. It’s really nothing like its pungent, raw self. If you need more reasons to try it, consider this: garlic has lots of antioxidants, and you won’t have to worry about running into any vampires.
Ben and I are hosting Thanksgiving this year! My mom is coming, and so are several of my friends from school whose families are too far to visit during our short break. I have never hosted Thanksgiving before, and I’m a little nervous! Ben is going to make the turkey, which I guess is the hardest part, but I’ll still have lots of work to do making appetizers, sides, and dessert.
I tested two Thanksgiving sides today–these caramelized shallots, and a roasted garlic, squash, & rutabaga puree (coming soon). They were both delicious! I served them alongside these pork chops from Simply Recipes, and it was the best lunch I’ve had in a long time.
I’ve been wanting to make these shallots ever since I first got my hands on Barefoot in Paris (I am a huge Ina Garten fan!). They are amazing–sweet, tangy, salty, buttery, and beautiful! I made a couple of changes to make the recipe paleo and reduce the fat a bit. Ina also recommends leaving the roots attached to the shallots, but I trimmed mine before cooking because I wanted to be able to eat them without cutting anything off. You could try leaving them on if you like–it does make for an elegant presentation.