“Go vegetable heavy.  Reverse the psychology of your plate by making meat the side dish and vegetables the main course.”  Bobby Flay

Well here’s an accidental side dish that came about because I’m motivated to keep my fridge free of things that might become a science experiment in the back of the veggie drawer.  I look through my veggie drawer everyday to see what needs to be used up and plan my meals from there.  It’s not the best plan in the world, but I’m working on it.


3 stalks of celery, diced

onion, medium sized, diced

red pepper, I had 3/4 of one in the fridge, diced

oil or butter, I had about 2T of pasta butter to use up

1 to 2 T roasted garlic

2 cup pasta sauce

1 squash, rather large and yellow and cut into chunks

grated cheese or nutritional yeast

2 cups kale


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sauté the celery, onion, and red pepper in the butter or oil on very low heat, covered.  Do this for about 30 to 45 minutes or until the celery is tender.  Mix in the roasted garlic.

Oil a 9×12 baking pan and add the squash.  Spoon on the pasta sauce.  Cover with the sautéed veggies.  Cover the whole thing with foil and bake for about 45 minutes.


My finished dish was topped with nutritional yeast, which has a slight cheesy flavor and is loaded with nutritious stuff.

And you’re probably wondering about the kale.  Well, a close look at the finished product and you just know it needs something green to perk it up.  So that’s what I did.  I sautéed some kale and used it as a nest for the veggies dish.  Voila!


Now isn’t that pretty enough to eat.  Yes, we also eat with our eyes.

I had some tuna veggie patties on the side.  A great lunch.

NOTE – This dish isn’t really about combining certain foods in a certain way.  It’s about using what’s in your fridge.  Fear not.  Just use a bit of common sense and keep it colorful. It will help your budget. It will provide you with nutritional sides.  Unless, of course, your fridge is filled with trashy foods!  (Did I say that out loud?)

Make friends with veggies.  Your mother was right!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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