Sautéing foods is the French equivalent of stir-frying - it's a basic technique for quick, easy cooking. You just fast-stir small pieces of food in a little oil over moderately high heat, something all cooks do without thinking, "Oh, I'm sautéing!" In summer, sautés can be your best friend. You can whittle down a mountain of fresh veggies in no time, and have you meal ready while family members are still tugging off their bathing suits. Company coming? Add a green salad, finish with a fruit sorbet, and you have a light, welcoming meal with little fuss.
"SALSA VERDE" YELLOW SQUASH SAUTE
Serves 6 - Vegan - 30 minutes or fewer
Tomatillos are traditionally used to make the green salsa served with enchiladas. Here they add a light, tangy flavor that complements the sweetness of yellow squash and the earthy black beans. Look for them with the tomatoes in the produce section of your supermarket. Canned tomatillos are not a good substitute here, so if you can't find fresh, use an equal amount of green tomatoes cut into eighths.
1/4cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. yellow squash, quartered and cut into 1/2 -inch-thick pieces
3/4 lb. tomatillos, peeled, rinsed and cut into sixths
1 15.5-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Combine cilantro, lime juice and hot pepper sauce in small bowl.
2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Stir in garlic, and cook 30 seconds.
3. Increase heat to medium-high. Add squash and tomatillos, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 to 6 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Stir in black beans, salt and pepper, and cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through.
4. Remove pan from heat, and stir in cilantro mixture. Serve immediately.
PER SERVING: 140 CAL; 6G PROT; 6G TOTAL FAT (1G SAT. FAT); 21G CARB; 0MG CHOL; 160MG SOD; 7G FIBER; 5G SUGARS