4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 ½ cups cubed crusty whole grain bread (1/2-inch cubes)
3 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
1 medium English cucumber, diced into ½ inch pieces
One 15-ounce can of low-sodium small white beans or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 scallions, green and white parts, sliced thinly on the bias
1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried
1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 large basil leaves
Place 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium skillet. Add the breadcrumbs and toss to coat. Cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until toasted and crisp, about 6 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, beans, scallion, and thyme. Drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil, and the vinegar, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Right before serving, add the toasted bread and tear the basil leaves into small pieces into the bowl, then toss to incorporate.
For Vegetarian meal: Add a hard-boiled egg for extra protein
For Meat lovers: Add strips of chicken or steak
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 TBSP butter
- 2 cups diced potatoes
- 2 cups diced carrots
- 1 14-oz can chicken broth
- 1 medium zucchini, diced
- 2 large tomatoes, peeled and diced (or you can use 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, not drained)
- 1 14-oz can corn (not drained)
- 1/2 tsp rubbed sage
- 1/2 tsp all-purpose seasoning
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 2 TBSP cornstarch
- 1 cup diced chicken or ham, optional
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, to top bowls of stew with
- In a large stockpot, heat butter over medium heat. Add in onions, garlic, potatoes and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until onions are translucent.
- Add in chicken broth. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are soft.
- Add in zucchini, tomatoes, corn, chicken or ham (if desired) and seasonings (except cornstarch.) Heat for another 10-15 minutes or so, until mixture is hot and beginning to boil.
- Reduce heat and add all but 2-3 TBSP of the evaporated milk. Mix remaining evaporated milk with the cornstarch and stir until combined. Stir it into the stew. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Salt & pepper to taste. Top with fresh diced cherry tomatoes & a little shredded Parmesan cheese once stew is ladled into each bowl.
My father, a.k.a Superman, was a very intelligent man with a great engineering mind. He was passionate about his beliefs including his faith in God. He was a well-rounded individual enjoying art, opera, architecture, and poetry. He was skilled in repairing or building anything from home appliances, our garage, the computer, to the DNA molecule I had to make for a school project. Anyone who knew him would say he was rough on the outside but caring on the inside. They would also agree he was quite a character with a sense of humor. Well, he thought he was funny, anyways. Being a three-time cancer survivor, he still found things to laugh about during his treatments. So, to honor my Superman on Father’s Day I am sharing his top five profound sayings.
DAD’S TOP FIVE PROFOUND SAYINGS:
- “He’s got all his marbles but his bag is ripped”
He often expressed this when he thought a person was being illogical.
- “Don’t leave mad, just leave“.
He would say this when I was mad because he would not allow me to do something I wanted to do.
- “I see your intentions of killing the cow”.
He said this when he prophesied something bad was about to happen. It was funnier when he said it in Spanglish (Spanish and English together)
- “You got to laugh about something”.
Even in a most difficult situation, he still found something to laugh about.
“Don’t tell your mother!”
Of course he said this when he was about to something he should not be doing!