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1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp canola oil
1 onion, medium dice
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 zucchini, grated
1 pound ground bison
11 corn tortillas
1 bottle enchilada sauce
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 pound monterey jack cheese, grated

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Sweat the onion in the oil until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and zucchini and season with salt and pepper. Cook vegetables, stirring often, for another 10 minutes, or are soft and there is no moisture left in the pan.
4. In another pan, heat 1 tsp oil over medium-high heat. Add bison, season with salt and pepper, and cook just until there is no more pink, about 5 minutes. Break apart the meat with the back of a spoon into small pieces.
5. Place enough corn tortillas in a casserole dish to cover the bottom.
6. Drizzle with 1/3 of the enchilada sauce, and top with 1/3 of the cheese, 1/2 of the zucchini mixture, 1/2 of the bison, and 1/2 of the black beans.
7. Top with another layer of corn tortillas, and then repeat step 6.
8. Top with a final layer of corn tortillas, drizzle with the remaining enchilada sauce, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
9. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbling. Rest for 10 minutes before portioning and serving.

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I topped it with a super simple salad of parsley, cilantro, lime juice, and kosher salt.

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Couldn’t be simpler or more delicious. A perfect side dish for al fresco dining, especially when paired with grilled skirt steak with chimichurri.

3 ears of corn, shucked and silks removed
2 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, and then crosswise to make little half moons
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro, rough chop
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

1. Place the corn directly on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until charred, about 10 minutes.
2. Heat 2 tsp of the olive oil in a pan over high heat. Add the zucchini and sautee until tender, about 5 minutes.
3. Once the corn are cool enough to handle, remove the kernels from the cob.
4. Combine the corn kernels with the zucchini and toss with the remaining olive oil.
5. Stir in cilantro and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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Diets suck. The key is to eat less, cook more, and include plenty of fruits and veggies. That’s the concentrated advice. Trust me, I’m a dietitian. Whether or not you want to diet, I assure you you need to make this recipe for marinated zucchini before summer disappears. (Adapted from a lunch at al di la.)

Finely dice zucchini and summer squash (alternately, thinly slice lengthwise). Marinate in freshly squeezed lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, chopped fresh mint, red pepper flakes and salt. Say what? Yes, that’s it.

This raw salad is so healthy and guilt-free, you’ll feel so good about the way you look, you’ll want to do more than just eat in your underwear.