Hello, readers. Did you miss me? No? I didn’t miss this place either. I haven’t been cooking much lately, you see. Instead, I’ve been having dinners of cut-up vegetables and salsa, raw sugar snap peas and dip, grilled zucchini with feta. Simple and summery. You don’t expect me to dig out my camera and spend my evenings blogging about that, right? Right.
Over the past couple of months, though, I did come up with a little arsenal of quick non-meals that might inspire you to give up cooking for a while, too. (For more on this phenomenon, see Mark Bittman’s 101 simple summer salads piece from last week’s New York Times.)
Here are some ideas:
Thinly sliced cucumber round sandwiches with cream cheese and turkey (above).
Grilled zucchini and summer squash slices, cut into chunks and eaten with some feta and cubed ham or turkey.
Grilled zucchini slices topped with cheese or bacon or thinly sliced ham, like open-faced sandwiches.
Cut-up carrot sticks with black bean and corn salsa.
Slightly sautéed sugar snap peas or green beans, topped with feta.
Hot, grilled onion rounds (especially red onions) topped with cheese.
Sliced radishes, sprinked with kosher salt and topped with cheese or turkey.