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Like many people, when I first heard about all the things to initially avoid on this healing diet, my response was, “What in the world CAN I eat?” I would feel all mopey and woe-is-me-y, pining for foods I could no longer eat.
Now, after years of eating differently, I’ve changed my mindset. I’ve changed how I regard food. I try to have FUN with my food. To me, nutritious food is a celebration, a creative outlet, and a radical form of self-care. (I say “radical” because what we are doing is kind of radical, compared to the standard American diet.)
Veggie Confetti started out of a desire for some veg, and a hunt for available suspects in my fridge. I could have just roasted some carrots, or sautéed some zuke, but I wanted to have some fun. The result was this dish. Doesn’t colorful, spiralized squash look like streamers, and smaller bits of veg look like confetti? And doesn’t fresh oregano jump out and yell, “Surprise!”? I’m here for it.
You can enjoy this side dish with your breakfast patties, or your dinner sliders. Enjoy them at any meal. And think of streamers and confetti, celebrating your radical self-care…
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup chopped red onion
- ½ cup finely chopped celery
- ½ cup finely chopped carrot
- 2 small zucchini, spiralized and cut to shorter ribbons (a Vegetti works well to spiralize soft veggies)
- 2 small yellow squash, spiralized and cut to shorter ribbons
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet or chef's pan over medium high heat. Add onions and saute until they are just beginning to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and celery. Saute until softened, about 6 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and saute only until squashes are "al dente." Serve next to chicken, or beef, or...well, anything!