Celery, What do we do with you?
by: Roz Furer
After I put your leaves, and a stalk or two, in my Chicken Soup, the question is "what do I do with the rest of you?"
A question I ask myself every time I buy celery
No, I cannot eat you raw, and I did not want to make chicken, tuna or egg salad. In reality, that would only use one more stalk of celery.
So, I clean your stalks and put you in a jar filled with cold water, and put you in the refrigerator.
After a few days, you are still there - looking limp and rejected.
So, what do I do with you now?
My solution to this dilemma...
I take you, celery, out of the container, cut your stalks in half, and then thirds, on the diagonal and begin sautéing in olive oil (canola is ok too)
I peel and slice two green squash (I am sure yellow would be just fine.), cut in rounds and add it to the sauté pan
I have some grilled multi colored peppers in the refrigerator, so that goes into the mix as well
In addition, I save a couple of tomatoes (also on the verge of extinction), by cutting them in quarters and add to the mix. Now I am layering some very pretty colors and healthy veggies
I season with kosher or sea salt, and red pepper flakes, to taste
Oh yes, you know that lemon that has been sitting around waiting for something to happen to it, I cut it in half, add to the pan, lemon side down, so that the juice of the lemon is revitalized.
Once you, celery, reach your desired tenderness, I squeeze the lemon juice over the mixture of veggies, stir and hope for the best
Now the colors are just beautiful and the aroma is wonderful,
But how does this concoction taste?
I will eat it and find out if it is any good, or will it find its way into the garbage after all?
Thankful and happy that my inspiration turned out to be one healthy and very DELICIOUS way to SAVE THE CELERY!!