This is one of my favorite things to make. It’s easy, delicious, and you can make it with pretty much anything, which means it can be vegetarian or non-, seasonal, or just whatever you’ve got around. Panzanella is, as I know it, a salad, but just not lettuce-based. But it has croutons and (when I make it, anyway) a kind of vinaigrette dressing. It’s great warm and cold. It’s a wonderful comfort food for me, but unlike my other favorite comfort foods like chili or chicken pot pie or ice cream, it’s good for you! The one I made today had yellow summer squash, green beans, cherry tomatoes, and a couple of garlic cloves.
I’ll post the recipe once I write it out, but it’s really just sooo flexible. I will say, though, that the key this time was the oil I used on the veggies – a friend of mine gave it to me as a thanks-for-catsitting present. It’s an easy enough recipe to pull off with just regular old olive oil and the right spice/herbs, though. Also, I had a glass of chilled chardonnay with this tonight, and it went just about perfectly with the warm temperature and slight peppery-heat of the panzanella.
It was a pretty low-key weekend, food-wise. Been eating more and more peanut-butter sandwiches and cereal, the closer I get to the next payday. 🙂 And, since I’m trying not just to stay on-budget, but also to make sure I still have a budget at all, I bought instant coffee this week, instead of the usual Keurig cups. My Keurig coffeemaker is one of the most-used items in my entire house, and I’ve always been impressed with how good their “K-cups” are. They are, however, a bit expensive (best I can find is about $9 or $10 for a box of 18), so for the coming week I thought I’d downgrade. I bought the Nescafé single packets, the “100% Colombian” one (about $4 for a box of 20). I tried the first one this morning and it was actually really good! I don’t think I will be switching permanently but it’ll do!
Not sure what else is on the menu for this week, but you know I’ll keep you posted. 😀