This evening the first to raise their hands and become the WINNERS, were the cherry tomatoes in the basket on the counter and the last zuchinni in the frig. Plus a surprise ingredient from the pantry...
So here's how the collaboration went: First the zuch went through the spiralizer (LOVE that gadget!). Into a broad "soup bowl" with some chopped scallions. They felt like a swim, so a quick marinade was poured on top for them to swish around .
Marinade: shake in small lidded container 1 T. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), 1/2 T. agave, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 tsp. tamari, minced garlic.
Let the gang swim for a bit, maybe 20 minutes or so. The noodles soften a bit, sorta 'al dente.
Then the 'maters were halved and placed around the pile of noodles. A quarter of a cucumber was screaming, "I'm going to waste, USE me!". So I did. Another layer around the edges. Starting to see a sort of mandala salad pattern forming...
Now the real fun begins! Every bite becomes an artistic arrangement on the fork...
That pool of marinade in the bottom of the bowl is pure yummy goodness. When the last noodle was slurped, the last cuc crunched - I tilted the bowl and drank the marinade! I know, uncouth. But who's watching!
OK, so I had some friends over over dinner. Make that under for dinner. Cutest bird placmats, from IKEA!
The point of all this ~ don't wait for company to prettify your meal! YOU are important! Take the few extra moments to garnish, play and ENJOY!
You'll have better digestion.