I know, I know.... you thought I'd abandoned you.... but I'm here now... so that's what really counts, right?
Anyway, I've got total spring fever lately, and I'm taking it out on my food. I'm going crazy with veggies like you would not believe!
My new favorite veggie side dish... roasted tomatoes. It's super easy. I just take a pint of grape tomatoes (you judge the quantity because I could eat a whole pint by myself), then I toss them in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.
I roast em at 350 until they just start to burst.
Another fave of mine comes from my gal Rachael Ray (btw, this link is directly to the recipe). This Tomato and Orzo salad is my total go to summer side. It gets raves at every barbecue I bring it to and my darling BF just can't get enough.
A short cut I've found: If I'm short on time, I replace the corn from the cob with a can of corn (the kernels, not the creamed kind)
One place not to scrimp: the basil. Use the fresh stuff. Trust me, it's worth it.