Last weekend was unseasonably cold in Chicago. We went to a baseball game Saturday night and I wore a down shell, scarf and closed toe shoes. That’s absolutely ridiculous for the last weekend of July. Sunday was not much better with semi cloudy skies mixed with the city’s infamous wind. My mom was in town, so instead of a walk by the lake, we opted for an indoor activity. We have fun no matter what – weather be damned! Off to Costco and Whole Foods we went. We gathered ingredients for Sunday night dinner and got her stocked up on paleo goodies. Whole Foods – if you’re reading this – Northwest Indiana is craving a store!!
Last week, our friend Jim got us hungry for meatballs. It just so happened that Juli from PaleOMG also posted a meatball recipe called Summer Squash Meatball Casserole. A casserole (on a cold summer’s day!) sounded so good. After grabbing zukes, squash, meat, etc. we headed to the almond butter aisle …1) Chuck must always have a jar of Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter on hand 2) We’d definitely want a paleo treat for dessert after the casserole, so I picked up a simple MaraNatha brand jar to make zucchini brownies. $25 worth of Almond Butter later and we’re ready to checkout. Zoinks.
We cooked up our feast, which also included collard greens (from our organic delivery that week) and baked sweet potato bites. The casserole was really good and heated up nicely the next day in my lunch as well. My mom loved the brownies, as I knew she would – (duh chocolate!) My only recommendation on the brownie recipe is to be sure to squeeze out all the water from the zucchini after you’ve shredded it and before adding to the rest of your ingredients. I also used ‘Enjoy Life’ chocolate chips instead of the dark chocolate chunks it calls for.
Let’s hope for sunshine this weekend, but try out this feast in any kind of weather!