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Heartwings Love Notes 835 - A Simple Meal for a Hot Summer Day

Heartwings says, "Hot days call for simple, easy recipes."

In addition to losing my appetite in the heat, in the summer I never feel much like cooking. One reasons autumn is my favorite
season is that when the weather cools off I feel much more like cooking as well as like eating. However it's not then now, so I need
to be in the present moment in the kitchen. Simple recipes are my go to solution for eating healthy food in this hot weather. I find it's
easier to motivate myself to cook when I don't have to spend a lot of time doing it.

Salads are all very well in hot weather, however I do get tired of them and in fact I actually prefer a hot meal even when it is warm
outside. One of my favorite easy summer recipes combines freshly available local greens and pasta. It really doesn't matter what
greens you use. Personally I like the combination of spinach and Swiss chard, however, kale with spinach or chard is good too, and
so are collard greens, broccoli rabe, or other potential ingredients you can use singly or in combination.

I like to use my food processor to mix the greens together, adding good olive oil and some fresh garlic as well. A blender would be
difficult to use, however lacking a food processor you could use a food mill to grind and blend the cooked greens. A food processor
is a very useful tool and one that even though I like to cut my vegetables by hand, I have come to rely on for certain kinds of food
preparation. I treasure my kitchen tools. Some of them date back more years than I prefer to count. I have a wooden cutting board I
received at a shower for my first child who is now a grandmother.

The recipe itself is very simple. Ingredients are: a pound or so of spinach, the same of Swiss chard, or use other greens as
suggested above. Cook them separately in as little water as possible. Drain well and turn together into the food processor bowl. Add
3 or 4 tablespoons good olive oil, 2 medium cloves chopped or sliced garlic or 1 large one, and a pinch or two of salt. Process until
everything is nicely blended. Meanwhile, cook pasta of your choice to serve your diners. When done, drain, put in a serving bowl and
pour the mingled greens over it. Stir well and serve with freshly grated Parmesan. Simple, tasty, and good for you as well! Finish the
meal with some fresh watermelon and enjoy.

May you enjoy your summer food preparation and serve healthy local foods.

What do you like to serve in the hot weather? I'd love to know! Write and tell me!

I love to hear from readers and would be honored if you would comment and let me know any suggestions or thoughts. If a friend sent you this, you can sign up at my web site, www.heartwingslovenotes.com, where more love notes can be found in the archives.

Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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