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At this time of year the zucchini plants have grown enough and have produced so much fruit that I cut the new growth so that the

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pasta al forno

oven baked pasta

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spaghetti & meatballs

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For a quick side dish or a full meal, stir fries are the quickest and most delicious way to cook your meal, especially at this time of year when you don’t want your fresh vegetables to cook for very long. These vegetables could have easily been served alone as a side dish. Here I cooked some noodles, but could have been rice, quinoa, couscous or amaranth. All would have been equally delicious. I love using ping tung eggplants for stir fries because they have no seeds and cut very easily into bite size pieces. Ping Tungs are the best Chinese eggplants you can buy. They are sweet, tender, superbly delicious and available at Herbivor Farm. Also because they are organic you can leave the peel on and benefit from all the great nutrients. Planning to buy more Ping Tung eggplants this week to make a few jars of eggplant preserves.

Ping Tung Long Eggplant

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ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil

3 chopped shallots

3 chopped cloves garlic

5 yelllow peppers cut in medium size strips

2 ping tung eggplants cut in slices (be sure to leave the peel on – this is where most of the nutrients are)

1 cup mushrooms cut in bite size pieces

1 cup pea shoots

a handful of parsley, basil, celery leaves (add at the end)

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Place oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat

Add the onion and half of the garlic  (reserve the rest of the garlic for later)

Stir fry until onions are wilted and beginning to brown

Add peppers and cook for a few minutes, add eggplant and continue cooking for a few more minutes

Add mushrooms and continue cooking until eggplant and mushrooms are soft

Add a little water if pan becomes too dry

Add the rest of the garlic and stir fry to incorporate

Add salt and pepper to taste

Now add 3/4 of the fresh basil mixture stirring briefly to incorporate

Slide onto a serving plate and sprinkle the rest of the basil over top

Add to rice, noodles, quinoa or etc…

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