Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

In the past few weeks, I’ve gone from hot Austin, to hot New York, to hot Chicago. I’m currently sitting in my parent’s kitchen in the west suburbs where the breezes have nicely cooled off, but not before I could make this watermelon gazpacho at least a few times. I can’t think of anything as refreshing and hydrating as watermelon so this soup has really hit the spot during these hot summer days. Note that this recipe makes a pretty big batch – I love to keep it in the fridge for quick lunches all week.

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I always thought watermelon gazpacho seemed like an odd concept, but here’s the thing – when everything is mixed together, this doesn’t actually taste like watermelon. The tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, scallions and herbs make this a savory soup while the watermelon brings a subtle sweetness that nicely balances these flavors. I also snuck in a half of a jalapeño for some spice, but you leave that out if you’re not into spicy things.

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I usually like my gazpacho really creamy, but this summer I’m just going crazy for this super light version with tons of chopped vegetables mixed in. And like most soups – this one gets better the next day, and even better the day after. It’s also great with a little chopped avocado on top.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Vegan Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Vegan Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I just turned to Jack and asked “Hey, what should I write about stuffed peppers?” He grumbled back “I dunno know, maybe write about how we’re stuffed in this room.” It’s 10:30am, and we’ve been stuck in the bedroom all morning with a jammed doorknob and two hungry dogs. And two very hungry people. A locksmith is on the way, but until then I’ll tell you about this recipe… which will surely not make me less hungry, but here goes :)

Vegan Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers

As the title suggests, this starts with poblano peppers. These peppers are usually mild, although the ones at the farmers markets in Texas this time of year are quite spicy so pick your peppers with caution if you’re sensitive to spice. If you can’t find poblanos, you can use any type of bell pepper that you like.

Vegan Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers

The filling here is made up of things that you might have easily available in your fridge or pantry – a chunk of onion, bell pepper, a small section of cauliflower, leftover cooked rice, black beans, spinach, a scoop of tomatillo salsa, and a smattering of spices.

Vegan Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Instead of topping these with cheese, I opted for avocado, tomatillo salsa and cashew cream that I had leftover from this Cauliflower Burrito Bowl recipe. The cashew cream is a bit of an extra step, but it’s SO GOOD with both recipes (blend once, eat twice) and I highly recommend adding scoops of it after you bake these vegan poblano peppers. Of course, if your a cheese lover, by all means, smother these in cheese and bake until it bubbles.

Vegan Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Corn, Cucumber, Peach & Avocado Salad

Corn, Cucumber, Peach & Avocado Salad

According to my Instagram feed, you all celebrated this past holiday weekend by eating watermelon, making pie, or grilling up corn on the cob. If you were part of the third group, this is a super easy, super delicious recipe you can toss together if you happen to have leftover grilled corn. And if you don’t…. well, it’s still easy nonetheless.

Corn, Cucumber, Peach & Avocado Salad

This ingredient combo happened by accident but I’m so in love with it. I combined the corn I had left over from this grilled corn on the cob recipe with a few things I had in the fridge that I needed to use up before we left town: half of a cucumber, bell peppers, peaches, basil, lime juice and a few spoonfuls of the creamy serrano chile lime sauce from that same corn recipe. It’s a refreshingly sweet, crispy, crunchy, creamy combo that I will most definitely be eating all summer long.

Pair this with whatever you’re grilling.

Corn, Cucumber, Peach & Avocado Salad

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Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad

Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad

This is not your regular pasta salad. In fact, Jack (who is not the biggest fan of pasta salads) said “holy crap, this pasta salad is SO good!” It’s of course heavy on the veggies – it’s packed with broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, and other good things. Unlike a lot of pasta salads, it’s light on the mayonnaise – in that it has none. With Memorial Day coming up, I figure you may need a packable pot luck salad that won’t spoil if it sits out for awhile. This one, made with creamy tahini, is just right for that.

Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad

The key to healthy pasta salad is to go with a high ratio of veggies to pasta. Blanched broccoli, crunchy green beans, and thinly sliced (or spiralized) zucchini add tons of texture and flavor here. The dressing is made with lemon, tahini, olive oil and a bit of dijon mustard. It’s creamy, tangy, and well, lemon-y – just the way I like things to be.

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I used gluten free fusilli so this salad is entirely vegan and gluten free. I find that everyone has some sort of dietary restriction these days (raising my hand just a little) so it’s just easier to bring something delicious everyone can enjoy.

Or you just can do what I did – make a big batch of this and eat it for lunch a few days in a row.

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Tart Cherry & Mint Sorbet

Tart Cherry & Mint Sorbet

This is the dessert I’m going to make all summer. With just 5 ingredients, it’s so easy! The best part is that (if you have a decent blender) no ice cream maker is required here. Just blend and freeze. It’s tart, sweet, and so so lovely with the little unexpected hint of mint.

Tart Cherry & Mint Sorbet

Jack and I both love Montmorency tart cherries for many reasons (see all of these recipes that use them). They have some wonderful superfood qualities, they’re known to help soreness after a workout, and they’re a natural source of melatonin which helps regulate sleep. We love them most of all, of course, because they taste good!

Tart Cherry & Mint Sorbet

This recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Even thought it’s very fruity and refreshing, it’s still a pretty decadent dessert. I love just a little scoop as a treat in the afternoon – or better yet, serve it along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert – the combination is heavenly.

Tart Cherry & Mint Sorbet

You can serve this straight from the blender where it will be more like the texture of soft serve ice cream. I suggest letting it firm up in the freezer for 2-3 hours or overnight. If you freeze it overnight, let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving and it will scoop nicely.

Tart Cherry & Mint Sorbet