Summer recipes!

This past weekend I went to the farmer's market and OMG it's officially summer i.e. the best time for farmer's markets everywhere!

I'll admit: I've been in a little bit of a cooking rut recently. I tend to stick to the same easy dishes that are less recipes and more assembling of components. This method can be great (meal prep is a lifesaver for a busy gal or guy), but there's also something to be said about spending a little creative time in the kitchen versus just going through a routine.

So when I was at the farmer's market I challenged myself to grab a few different veggies - not just the sweet potatoes and kale that I always get, but I also picked up sugar snap peas and strawberries and red leaf lettuce. And now I'm going to challenge myself to make at least ONE new recipe using these ingredients this week.

My hope is that making a new recipe each week will continue throughout the summer season.

Here are some recipes featuring early summer produce that have caught my eye so far:

Chilled Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken and Avocado - This recipe uses vegetable noodles which I LOVE, especially in the summer. You could easily sub cubed tempeh for the chicken to make veg-friendly!

 


Spicy Grilled Shrimp - Okay, this recipe doesn't exactly highlight summer produce BUT it is made on the grill which in my opinion is the epitome of summer. I'd swap a more nutrient rich coconut sugar for the white sugar, or leave it out all together.

 

Dilled, Crunchy Sweet Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing - Nothing feels more like summer to me than fresh corn! This recipe also includes other seasonal highlights such as dill, parsley, cucumbers and peppers. Dairy free? I bet you could swap the buttermilk for a little coconut yogurt thinned out with lemon juice and omit the cheese.

 

Green Gazpacho - "This zippy, herbaceous drinkable soup is like a trip to the farmers’ market in a glass." Sounds good to me!

 

Grilled Halibut and Bok Choy with Coconut Lime Dressing - I love grilling ALL vegetables, greens included (so surprisingly delicious!). I don't have a grill but may have to invest in a grill pan, which basically turns your stove top into an indoor grill.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars - Not sure how it happened but whoever invented the strawberry rhubarb combo was a genius. YUM!

 

Now I'm hungry - so who wants to come over for dinner??? ;)

 

 

 

I hope that these recipes inspire you to have a little more FUN with summer produce in your kitchen.
If you make one of these, snap a photo and tag me on social media @EmilyNachazel so I can see your delicious creations!

Things I'm Lovin' Lately - Summer

While the weather is starting to change a bit, my body is still craving summer foods: hydrating, cooling, and light.  Here are some of the things I couldn't get enough of the past few months:

-Quinoa - Since it is technically not a grain, this high protein pseudo-seed had a certain lightness that makes it perfect to tossing in big salads, or mixing with fresh veggies and herbs for a simple, satisfying summer meal.

Salad + quinoa = the dinner of summer 

Salad + quinoa = the dinner of summer 

 

-Grapes - Back when I was in high school I worked as a lifeguard during the summer.  Frozen grapes were one of my favorite snacks for long days spent in the sun.  Even though I don't spend all day in the sun anymore (I wish!), frozen grapes are still one of my top summer treats. 

-Cucumbers - Craving something crunchy and salty? Try this: slice cucumbers, sprinkle with sea salt and cayenne pepper, and drizzle with a little lemon or lime juice. All the satisfaction, none of the guilt. And super cooling too!

Tofu scramble with a side of cuke slices

Tofu scramble with a side of cuke slices

-Romaine and butter lettuces - Dude, I used to hate on romaine... probably because I had never tried a FRESH, LOCAL version of this yummy lettuce varietal.  I'm all about romaine these days.  Chopped up in big, crunchy salads, used as taco shells, or just eaten straight up like chips.  Butter lettuce is another new favorite.  If you live in NYC, check out Gotham Greens.  Seriously superior greens grown in Brooklyn and Queens.  SCORE.

Butter lettuce "tacos" 

Butter lettuce "tacos" 

-KeVita probiotic drink - Everyone knows that I am a big fan of kombucha (I brew my own!), but this may be my new bubbly of choice.  KeVita is like kombucha in that it has tons of healthy probiotics, but it's made with stevia so it's much lighter. 

-Thunderbird Energetica bars - I discovered these bars when I was in San Antonio last month.  Made with wholesome ingredients like dates, nuts, buckwheat, vegetables, and spices, and free of added sweeteners, these were a huge hit in my book.  They taste great and most are about 160-180 calories, which is a perfect snack in my mind.

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What at have been your go-to summer foods this year?