Happy Friday! I hope you have brunch plans this weekend, because today I have a little brunch recipe inspiration to get you started…
Last weekend, we flew to California to host this super fun brunch cooking class with Almond Breeze. It was a blast getting to meet & cook with a few fans of the blog (of all ages!). First we made my favorite frittata recipe with summer squash, cherry tomatoes and basil. This is a great easy recipe, especially with the abundance of late summer produce that’s in season right now.
Of course we couldn’t have an almond milk party without smoothies. At the class, we made super fruity Emoji smoothies. What is an emoji smoothie, you ask? It’s an instagram-able smoothie where the combinations are based on your favorite little phone icons!
And for a sweet treat – waffles! We made these vegan waffles which are made with whole grain spelt flour. The recipe uses flaxseed meal instead of egg, coconut oil instead of butter, and they’re sweetened with maple syrup. Everyone mixed their batter and took turns at the waffle irons before moving on to the topping bar – a.k.a. the “take the picture of your waffle” area.
Steal this waffle bar idea for your next brunch party: set up a bunch of toppings (yogurt, assorted fruits, maple syrup, etc)… have your guests mix their own waffle batter and then and top them however they like!
If you make these recipes, tag your photo with #betterwithbreeze on Instagram!
I keep hearing all of this crazy-talk about summer being almost over. I suppose backpacks are on the shelves at Target, but until the first pumpkin muffin shows up on Pinterest, summer is in full swing to me. To celebrate my favorite season not being over, here are a few of my favorite cocktails and sweet treats…
Ginger Peach Sangria
Tart Cherry Frozen Yogurt / Watermelon St. Germain Cocktails
Fancy S’mores / Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits
… and last but not least: Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillets. (You could also bake these as normal cookies or in ramekins).
What are you making this weekend?
Some quick news – I’ll be hosting a super fun cooking class and workshop in Santa Monica on Saturday, August 22nd with Almond Breeze. Come join me! Together we’ll make brunch and take pictures of our waffles while I share my best Instagram photo tips & tricks. Space is limited, sign up today!
Better with Almond Breeze Brunch Workshop with Love & Lemons
The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories, Santa Monica CA
Saturday, August 22nd from 10am – 1pm
$20 (reserve your ticket here)
pre-requisite: come hungry
Our vacation is coming to a close and while we’ve eaten well in Italy, we’ve eaten just a little too well. I’m feeling pretty ready to go home and get back to my many-vegetable way of eating. But before we go to salad town, I thought I’d share this pile-of-vegetable pizza recipe that I made before we left. Usually my opinion about pizza is “less is more,” but I had a fridge to clean out.
The crust here is made with spelt flour but you can use whole wheat if you want to. Or skip the dough-making step and get it from the store. I usually get the raw dough that they sell behind the pizza counter at Whole Foods.
I used a regular vegetable peeler to peel my zucchini and summer squash into thin ribbons. They cooked a little faster this way, plus, I mean, they’re so pretty right? I piled them on top of sliced tomatoes (that are a little hard to see), and then tossed red onions and corn on top. I’m not gonna lie – this one is a juicy mess to eat but we loved it anyway.
If I had to pick only one season and one category of food to blog about until the end of time, it would be this one. I’m pretty obsessed with salads all year round, but I just can’t get enough when tomatoes, peaches and zucchini are all at their best. It’s hard to go wrong with a salad by tossing peak-season summer veggies into a bowl with a simple, tasty dressing (that’s how many of these salads came to be). If you’d like some inspiration, though, here are some of my all time faves:
pictured from left to right, top to bottom:
Heirloom Caprese with Mint Pesto / Peach Salad with Mint & Pistachios
Heirloom Tomato Avocado & Chickpea Salad
Fete Harissa Fattoush Salad / Sweet Pepper Panzanella
Zucchini & Grilled Corn Salad / Spicy Watermelon & Avocado Salad