Happy long weekend! I hope you all have some exciting 4th of July plans! And what I really mean by that is I hope you have more exciting plans than we do. We’re pretty jet lagged so we’ll probably be celebrating the red white and blue on the sofa with some Orange is the New Black. However, if I DO get up the energy to cook, I think this would be such a delicious veggie-forward summer menu:
Baby Bella Veggie Kabobs
Watermelon St. Germain Cocktails / Tomato Basil Peach Skewers
Vegetarian Orzo Stuffed Peppers
Chile Lime Grilled Corn on the Cob / Sweet Pepper Panzanella
Tart Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits
Is it Friday yet? I’m SO ready for the long weekend. After a whirlwind 2 days in Toronto this week promoting the book, I’m ready to relax, sleep in, and of course eat some yummy food! If you’re hosting (or heading to) a picnic or BBQ this weekend – here are some very favorite Memorial Day veggie ideas:
Pictured above: Portobello Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Sauce
First things first, get your guests a cocktail! Mix up a big batch of this ginger peach sangria. It’s light and refreshing – my favorite summer cocktail. Serve it along with chunky Avocado, Black Bean & Corn Salsa and Cucumber Apple Green Gazpacho.
For a veggie main course, try the Portobello Tacos (pictured at the top of this post), Orzo Stuffed Peppers or Chickpea Avocado Salad Sliders.
On the side: Sara’s Strawberry Tabbouleh and Grilled Corn on the Cob.
For Dessert: Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Skillet Cookies with melty ice cream.
For Dessert #2 (since it’s a holiday two desserts are allowed): Fancy S’mores! Put the Hershey bars away and gather a bunch of non-traditional toppings like crushed blackberries, almond butter, bananas and strawberries. Let your guests create their own customizable s’mores.
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?
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
Over here the skies are gloomy and it hardly feels like the start of Memorial Day weekend – but I hope it’s sunnier where you are and that you have some fun outdoor party plans this weekend. Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started!
Mango Goji Guacamole / Grilled Potato & Arugula Salad
Mango & Red Pepper Orzo Salad
Corn on the Cob 3 Ways / Tart Cherry Frozen Yogurt