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!

Spicy Citrus Tea

Tummy feeling off? Or just need something to bust through the after-dinner sweet cravings? This is the tea for you. The brightness of the citrus paired with the spiciness of the ginger and cayenne both calms belly discomfort AND sugar cravings. I like it as is, but feel free to add 1-2 tsp of raw local honey if it's a little too strong for you :)

Spicy Citrus Tea // vegan, gluten free, paleo, sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1/2 lemon, sliced

- 1/2 orange, sliced

- 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced

- generous pinch of cayenne (optional, but great for your digestion and immune system!)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small pot and cover with 2-3 cups of filtered water.
  2. Let simmer over medium high heat for about 10 minutes (you can let it go longer for a more concentrated flavor).
  3. Pour into a mug and ENJOY!

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Thanksgiving 2016 Recipe Round Up!

Wait, it's Thanksgiving??? I don't know about you guys, but I feel like the last two months have FLOWN by. Looking back, I do realize I've been busy in all the BEST ways... exploring and learning and working on some awesome projects that I can't wait to share with you.

That all being said, I'm looking forward to taking the next few days to slow down, spend quality time with my family, sleep in, and (of course) cook some delicious food.

I'm fortunate that my family is *very* open to trying new things and eating lots of veggies, but I am also a firm believer that healthy food CAN and SHOULD taste every bit as delicious as traditional fare. Every year I go through my favorite blogs, websites and cookbooks to find holiday recipes that will both WOW my family's taste buds AND that I can feel good making and eating. Here's what I've bookmarked this year:

Salads, Soups and Lighter Sides:

- Kale, White Bean + Fennel Soup from Go with Your Gut book

- Creamy Kale Salad with Chickpeas + Shallots from Minimalist Baker

- Apple Cider Green Beans with Dill and Slivered Almonds from The Mostly Vegan

- Honey Miso Glazed Brussels Sprouts

- Celery Root Puree from HB Fit

Heartier Veggie Dishes and Mains:

- Curry + Turmeric Roasted Squash from Go with Your Gut book

- Millet + Lentil Stuffed Delicata Squash from The Full Helping

- Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Pure Wow

- One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf from Food52

Sweets and Treats:

- Perfect Pumpkin Bread

- Raw Maca Brownies from Rachel Mansfield

- Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars from Minimalist Baker

- Apple Pie Sundaes from Minimalist Baker

- Almost Raw Coconut Pecan Pie Bars from Oh Ladycakes

Breakfasts, Snacks and Other Seasonal Delights:

- Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait

- Spiced Butternut Squash Breakfast Muffins from In My Bowl

- Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes from Breakfast Criminals

- 5 Thanksgiving Smoothies from Green Blender

 

Need more inspiration? Check out my Thanksgiving Recipe Round Ups from previous years:

2014 Recipe Round Up

2015 Recipe Round Up

 

Pumpkin Spice + Everything Nice!

It officially feels like fall here in NYC - the sun is setting earlier, there is a crisp-ness in the air and I've even seen some leaves starting to turn.

This week especially I've noticed my body craving different foods - my summery salads don't seem as appealing (I know, what??). I'm hungry for warmer dishes, heartier veggies like roasted cauliflower and baked sweet potatoes, sautéed greens, and ALL the warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Today I'm sharing three recipes that incorporate these spices AND one of fall's favorite flavors: PUMPKIN!

Pumpkin is actually a vegetable and packed with vitamins and nutrients [but you have to eat the veggie itself, not just a pumpkin-spice flavored something]
 

The benefits of eating pumpkin include:

Boosts your immune system - One cup of cooked pumpkin contains nearly 20 percent of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin C, which is especially important this time of year!

Aids in workout recovery - Pumpkin is a good source potassium (more than a banana!) which helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

Keeps your eyesight sharp - Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which helps protect your peepers!