Watery Spinach, Summer Squash, and Stone Fruit Sauté

Gentle and calming, with bright green plums, serious-sweet prunes, and summery-warm peaches offering pleasantly sweet notes to a watery-prime meal. A nice way to start a quieter, slower summer morning when you may want a pensive and reflective time.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup’s worth summer squashes of choice (I used a blend of green and yellow zucchini)
  • 1 cup’s worth mixed small yellow peaches, green plums, and dried prunes
  • 2 cups water (plus additional if needed for sauteeing)
  • 1 cup dry roasted cashews
  • Cayenne pepper and salt to taste


Prep time: 15 minutes
Yields: 2 servings (up to 4 servings if you want this meal to be a lighter snack)

Preparation:

  1. Chop squash and stone fruits into small pieces and reserve.
  2. In a large pan with a lid, sauté together the spinach, squash, stone fruit, cayenne pepper and salt to taste, and 2 cups water over medium high heat for about 10 minutes, until spinach is completely wilted and squash pieces are softened. (Add additional water if water completely evaporates while cooking.)
  3. Plate mixture into bowls, and top each bowl with up to 1/2 cup of dried cashews. Serve and enjoy!

Yasmine’s notes:

This is a meal I’ve made as a breakfast for myself, with the challenge that no starch, dairy, and particularly meat (even as I do eat meat!) is necessary to have a filling and ENJOYABLE meal. And while this certainly isn’t the more typical ‘high-energy, deep starch, pan-fried, intense fat, meaty protein, and/or SUPER sugary breakfast to GET YOU GOING IN THE MORNING!!!‘ that I’ve been exposed to through much of western and eastern culture alike half the time… it’s wonderful given its departure from that mode when you should need it. Delicious, filling, colorful, pretty, easy to make… and with so much water to it that you feel reflective and easygoing as you eat it. (Even with the cayenne pepper for slight spice, and cashews themselves for earthy girth.)

In fact, I’m eating this as breakfast before completing a detailed background for one of Torus Link‘s upcoming pages at the time of this writing:

On this particularly overcast American Memorial Day weekend morning where I am (i.e. a 3-day holiday for many in the U.S.,) this task shall have me primarily in sit-down, introverted-concentration mode: drawing pointed and intricate details from my mind as much as from real life reference. And don’t get me wrong: while I love my pancakes, bacon, and eggs— born and raised American that I am– this sort of quieter task just doesn’t call for that kind of a robust, louder meal.

…In which, a good 6 hours or so later in the day? With my very filling meal helping to power me, here is the completed version of this background.


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