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A Sparktacular Lunch!


Tuesday, January 07, 2014



Some of my favorite cooking occurs when I don't have a recipe, but I just take what is on hand and hope for inspiration. Today, I had some zucchini, summer squash, and red bell peppers that I wanted to use.



I also decided to use some garlic, onion, turmeric, black mustard seed, oregano, feta and a little onion.



Many ingredients I just measure by eye, but as a result of tracking my food on SparkPeople, there are some calorie dense foods - such as olive oil - that I measure precisely. Here I am starting out with exactly 1 teaspoon of oil for the entire dish.



I sauteed a couple cloves of garlic in the oil and then added a tablespoon of whole black mustard seeds (not shown), half a diced onion, and some turmeric and oregano.



Once I had heated the garlic, onion and the spices, I decided to add a handful of mushrooms (cut into quarters) because I found them among the other veggies. As I said: no recipe.



Then I added a couple diced zucchini, a couple diced summer squash, two red bell peppers diced and a couple tablespoons of water to prevent sticking. I sauteed the whole thing until my wife called from the other room, "Wow, something smells good."



I found some assorted Sicilian-style olives in the fridge and decided to throw them in because why not? I let it cook for another minute just to heat the olives a little bit.



I placed each portion on a plate and just before serving, I crumbled feta on top. The serving in the picture is one cup of the veggies, 1 ounce of feta and the whole thing - according to my SparkPeople nutrition calculator - is only 177 calories. That's a good thing because I liked it well enough that I went back for seconds. In fact we had it again for dinner along with some quinoa.

That's two days in a row that I tracked every bite and brought it in within my calorie range.

Bon appetit!
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OJIBWEEQUAY 1/17/2014 4:18PM

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JAYDEE84 1/11/2014 6:07PM

    Sounds and looks delicious! Your directions are easy to follow; the pictures
are nice. I'm going to try this "sans-recipe" recipe.

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BUNNYCATS 1/10/2014 9:12PM

    Beautiful presentation! It's both yummy and healthy!

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BUNNYCATS 1/10/2014 9:12PM

    Beautiful presentation! It's both yummy and healthy!

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BUNNYCATS 1/10/2014 9:12PM

    Beautiful presentation! It's both yummy and healthy!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/10/2014 8:55PM

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PROT358 1/9/2014 10:24PM

    That looks so good! Bravo, chef!

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/9/2014 6:40PM

    Oh if only my man could cook like you do!!! Looks delicioso! emoticon

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68ANNE 1/8/2014 1:28AM

    Excellent job on low cal no recipes cooking

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/7/2014 3:50PM

    Awesome! I cook the same way many times. Yum!

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MOTHEPRO 1/7/2014 1:03PM

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KELPIE57 1/7/2014 12:09PM

    Well done you

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/7/2014 11:52AM

    Delicioso! That's the way I like to cook, too. Nice touch, adding the olives to a hot dish, I've never done that but I surely will now that you've put the idea in my head!!!
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PHEBESS 1/7/2014 11:39AM

    Looks gorgeous too!!

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BATCHICK 1/7/2014 11:35AM

    I havn't eaten breakfast yet (not so good at following directions), but this has my mouth watering!!!

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GARDENQE2 1/7/2014 11:10AM

    Looks delicious...even though I just finished my morning oatmeal!

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JSTETSER 1/7/2014 10:57AM

    A tasteful blog!
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KAYOTIC 1/7/2014 9:19AM

    Lovely colors in that dish! Sounds like you are right on track!

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GREENGENES 1/7/2014 8:59AM

    Looks delicious.

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GRAMMYEAC 1/7/2014 8:56AM

    Awesome! Veggies, spices, and a little sauteing (or stir-frying) and out pops a delicious meal. We do that, too...

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MADEIT3 1/7/2014 7:19AM

    Looks delicious and your photos are terrific!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 1/7/2014 7:12AM

    Fantastic! I'm going to try making that this weekend emoticon

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LOSINGLISA 1/7/2014 6:04AM

    Wow! Great idea!

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KABMPH 1/7/2014 5:31AM

    Yumx3!

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FITFRIT 1/7/2014 3:08AM

    Sounds fantastic except for the mushrooms...very allergic but I may try the other items all thrown together.

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SUSIEGKORN 1/7/2014 1:44AM

    Yum! That looks and sounds wonderful. I love feta added in ~ really sets off the flavors. Good job on the tracking! Way to get your veggies in, too!

Happy tracking!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 1/7/2014 1:06AM

    Wow! Looks fantastic!! :D

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JTAMSYN 1/7/2014 1:05AM

    Magic at work! Looks delish!

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144AUTUMN 1/7/2014 12:56AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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