Below, find Terry’s oven-roasted zucchini recipe with collard-peanut pesto—sure to be a healthy, yet delicious, summertime meal staple. Make the Atlanta influences everything shirt and I love this pesto: In a food processor, combine the collards, peanuts, miso, and garlic and blend until it forms a chunky paste. While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the olive oil through the feed tube, adding more if needed to reach your desired consistency. Season with salt, pepper, and additional lemon juice to taste. Set aside. Make the zucchini: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini with the olive oil and salt, then spread the zucchini over the baking sheet in one even layer. Roast until the zucchini is brown around the edges, 18 to 20 minutes. After a few years, my mom decided I could handle my own medical issues at a real school and she could go get a job. The issue here was that because I grew up homeschooled therefore only really socializing with my mom, dad, baby brother, and occasionally a couple of other people like my parents’ friends and their children who would occasionally come over, I was quite socially inept. I didn’t really know how to socialize with anyone my age, I didn’t know what other kids my age were into or talking about, because I had spent the first 10 years of my life going to school in my house with nobody my age to really talk to. The only music I listened to was Indian music that my parents played and the only movies I’d watch were Indian movies. I wasn’t following in my peers’ footsteps because I didn’t have peers. I was following in my parents’ footsteps, which when you’re a kid really shapes you to be a big loser compared to other kids. (Not saying I blame my parents, they did what they had to do to keep me safe and healthy, and I’m beyond thankful. They didn’t know this would be the result and neither did I.) I was a kid who loved to learn because of the enthusiasm my mom put into me, and I desperately wanted friends. Once I got to school, innocent me thought everyone was going to be my friend, and that I would be happily going to school everyday. Most of the kids, if not all, really didn’t like me. To serve, transfer the zucchini to a bowl and give it a few turns of pepper. Next, drop in a few heaping dollops of pesto so that people can scoop as much as they’d like when serving themselves, adding more pesto to the bowl as needed. Pile the peanuts in a small serving bowl and present alongside the zucchini. For any leftover pesto, pour a thin layer of olive oil over it, cover, and refrigerate for up to a week. Reprinted with permission from Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes by Bryant Terry, copyright © 2020. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. With gatherings limited and travel restricted due to the lingering coronavirus pandemic.
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