Well hi there summer. I love your food. Seriously. I love summer food. There is nothing better than eating tons of fresh produce on a warm summer evening. I recently moved to the pacific north west and I am literally in love with all the local farm grown produce we have here. I couldn't help but toss together a tasty salad to go along with our grilled shrimp the other night. It turned out so fresh and crisp with lots of bite - so I knew I had to share here. The inspiration for this . . .
Do you guys know how to pick the best, sweetest cantaloupe? When you are picking out the melon, smell where the vine was attached. The stronger it smells the riper, sweeter it is. I don't know where I heard this advice but its been the most reliable piece of advice I've had about picking the best fruits so far! Now, let me tell you about this salad... This salad is really simple and it's own ingredients are the main show. So you want to be sure to have great fresh fruits. I shop at Ralphs . . .
One of my favorite things about summer is the juicy, fresh produce. Especially from our farmer's market. ESPECIALLY those of the sugary, sweet variety. Make your simple syrup with juice, lime juice, and sugar. Sometimes I go a little overboard and buy a ton of my favorite fruit, nectarines and peaches, so the other day I busted out a cobbler for a friend I took dinner to (while I ooh'ed and ahh'ed at her new, precious little bebe). Smoothies are always wonderful with ripe fruit, but I . . .
This summer quinoa bowl is so fresh, flavorful and healthy. It's one of my favorite things to make when I'm running to the beach, the park, pool days. I love to make a big batch of it and keep in meal prep containers all week. You could never get sick of this salad. Gluten-Free May is Celiac Awareness Month. Are you aware of Celiac disease ;) 10 years ago if you asked me I would have had no idea, but about that time one of my best friends was diagnosed with it and it changed my way of . . .
Happy Cinco de Mayo week!!! It's the MOST WON-DER-FUL TIIIIIME.......OF THE YEEAAARRRR!!!!! I love frying things. People complain that their house smells after frying things, it's such a hassle, they burn down the house.....all legitimate concerns, I suppose, I just have yet to experience any of the above. These fried avocado tacos got me on the fried avocado train. I also fry veggies, make falafel, peaches, fry all of the things! I just can't do most pre-packaged, pre-mixed . . .
I'm calling it this " weight loss soup " because it's FINALLY what helped me to take off my baby weight. Normally after having a child I bounce right back, run a million miles an hour and loose any extra pounds I had. Well, not with this 4th child. I was very sick, had a lot of health problems with this 4th baby and gained more weight than normal. I also didn't bounce back to my normal energetic self. Nothing was typical with this pregnancy or postpartum to say the least. It was a real struggle . . .
Back in college I had a love for caesar salad. Who doesn't? I ate those salads all the time! And then...I got sick. I think the dressing was old or made with a bad egg...and I was so so sick. And so I swore off cesar salads for life. Now that I'm several years removed from the food poisoning - I've been thinking about Caesar salad again. But the thought of raw eggs in my dressing still makes me cringe. So I came up with the idea of making a yolk free dressing. Kid and pregnant lady . . .
Peach soup- who would have thought? The sweet simplicity of this appetizer adds a nice charm to your dinner. Peaches are such a mild delicious fruit most people enjoy them, making it just the right pre-course to your dinner. I say pre-course because wouldn't serve this as a main dish, as it very light. That it also what makes it so refreshing. This recipe calls for canned peaches but if fresh peaches are in season, I highly recommend! Give them a little sauté with some sugar to soften and . . .
I love soup. Like really love soup. My husband doesn't have the same attitude...there are very few soups that he likes. But with this soup? He gobbled it right up! I got this recipe from my friend Trisha. One year she gave these cute cute soup bowls to all of us girls for Christmas along with her favorite soup recipes. Included in those recipes was this potato and ham soup. The recipe card was titled "The Best Potato Soup You've Ever Had." Certainly worth a try right? I am happy . . .
I'm always on the hunt for a new, fresh, and tasty side dish to serve with dinner. As of late this has been my go-to, so I thought I'd share it for those on the search for a new side to serve this evening. I kept this super super simple by using a store bought dressing. I love raspberry vinaigrette and Marie's has a delicious one! If you're up for making your own dressing try the recipe from this salad. Fresh ingredients on the dinner table always make me feel good inside and out. . . .