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!

Summer 17 Reflection

So long Summer 2017, I'll miss you but honestly, you were not what I expected.

Back in the spring I dreamed of living in my bikini and endless beach days, nights spent sipping cocktails and dancing and having way too much FUN. I had visions of finally feeling REALLY really good in my body, of crushing running races, of falling in love with this crazy city, and with that special someone.

I had big dreams, none of which really came true. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of magic the past few months, but they've also been a challenge. I stopped running. I don't have those toned abs. I'm still confused what I'm doing in NYC, and still single.

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As I watched the sunset tonight, the last official night of summer, I felt my heart ache and tears in my eyes, but not because I'm sad or disappointed or feeling regret. Seeing the sun set and the moon rise reminded me that it's all part of the cycle - the moments of pure joy, of freedom, of soul connection, AND the moments of loneliness, of self doubt, of pain. It's all temporary, it's always changing, and just like the sun and moon, there's something much bigger than you or I pulling the strings.

What I have learned this summer is to appreciate it all and to be present in the hurt just as much as I'm present in the good. That's life, that's actually living, that's having a human experience. THAT is what connects us no matter what you are and what you do or don't believe in. And isn't that what we're all looking for after all?

Summer recipe round up!

Today I've got a whole slew of healthy, crowd-pleasing summer recipes for you, just in time for the weekend.

I'm down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina spending the long weekend with my family - relaxing on the beach, swimming in my grandparent's pool and (of course) eating delicious, homemade food. 

I love trying new recipes when I have a little bit more time, and a few more mouths to enjoy the results with.

Here are the recipes that I might try this weekend:

Do you like cooking more when you have more time to experiment? Where do you find your recipes? Share with us all in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Late Summer Recipe Roundup

While summer may be "officially" coming to an end, the delicious fruits (and veggies) of the season will still be with us for a few more weeks. Personally I'm not quite ready for fall yet, so I'm going to keep on eating these foods and pretend that it's still August [and yes, I'm going to keep wearing white too ;) ]

What's in season right now? Apples (just starting!) beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, corn, eggplant, all the greens + herbs, grapes (have you ever had fresh grapes?? insanely delicious!), nectarines, onions, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, radishes, radicchio, tomatoes, turnips, zucchini and MORE.

Late summer produce is actually one of my favorite times of year because you get the best of both the summer and fall seasons. SCORE! So what to make with all these fruits and veggies? I've got a few yummy ideas for you.

- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- Paleo Zucchini Bread
- Crustless Three-Cheese Tomato Basil Quiche
- Chickpea Pesto Pasta Salad
- Peach, Fennel + Goat Cheese Salad
- Grilled Radicchio with Lemon and Pistachios

If you try out one of these recipes, I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how it goes in the comments below.

Summer recipe roundup

To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the bounty of summer produce exploding in the farmer's markets during this time of year.

What's in season right now? Basil, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, corn (!!), cucumbers, eggplant, all the greens + herbs, melons, nectarines, okra, peaches, peas, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini and MORE. Now I'm getting hungry...

So what to make with all these vibrant fruits and veggies? I've rounded up a few delicious recipes featuring this season's bounty:

- Raw Sweet Corn Salad with Basil
- Summer Garden Veggie Flatbreads
- Blueberry Quinoa Salad
- Herbed Red Potato Salad
- Hippie Harvest Hemp Gazpacho
- Easy Peach Crisp

Enjoy!