Make the most of summer produce with these two recipes

All recipes in this post developed by Kate Sherwood, The Healthy Cook.

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Just back from the farmers market? These two dishes really pop when everything is as fresh from the garden as possible.

Basque Country Beans

Time: 30 minutes

Serves 4.

2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 lb. green beans and/or yellow wax beans, trimmed
½ lb. tomatoes, chopped
¼ tsp. kosher salt

1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat until shimmering hot. Sauté the onion and pepper, stirring often, until they start to brown, 4-5 minutes.

2. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the beans and ¼ cup of water. Cover and cook over low heat until the beans are tender, 10-12 minutes.

3. Stir the tomatoes and salt into the beans. Cook until the tomatoes soften, 2-3 minutes.

Per serving (1½ cups):

  • Calories: 140
  • Total fat: 7 g
  • Sat fat: 1 g
  • Carbs: 19 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Total sugar: 11 g
  • Added sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 140 mg

Summer Succotash

Time: 15 minutes

Serves 4.

1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups diced zucchini
2 cups raw corn kernels
2 Tbs. minced Vidalia onion
2 Tbs. low-fat sour cream
1 Tbs. mayonnaise
¼ tsp. kosher salt
2 large tomatoes, sliced

1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Sauté the zucchini and corn until just hot, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan and toss with the onion.

2. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, and salt.

3. On a serving platter, layer the tomatoes and the zucchini-corn mixture. Spoon the sour cream sauce on top.

Per serving (1½ cups):

  • Calories: 140
  • Total fat: 6 g
  • Sat fat: 1 g
  • Carbs: 22 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Total sugar: 8 g
  • Added sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 160 mg

Photos: Jen Urban and Kate Sherwood.

The recipes in this post first appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter

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