Summer Rolls

  In this hot weather, I’m still not in the mood to turn on the oven.  So I was inspired to create some yummy (and pretty!) summer rolls.  I have tried these in the past (the Thai Spring/Summer rolls), so I was excited to experiment with a twist.   I decided to focus on the sauce first, and I was looking for a nutty flavor.  Here is what I mixed up in my … [Read more...]

Quinoa Summer Salad

A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" (quinoa is actually more similar to a seed) native to South America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas" who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids.  Not only is … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This is a great summer soup when it is too hot to cook. My Vitamix seems to always be in use in my house.  Especially in the summer!  I love that you can blend a soup for about 5 minutes and it comes out slightly warm.  So healthy and so easy!  No hot kitchen.  Just cool and refreshing. Add to Vitamix: Celery- 3 ribs with leaves 1 jar roasted red peppers (with … [Read more...]

Coconut Cucumber Soup

If you are looking for a quick and refreshing summer soup, look no further! In a vitamix, blend: -3 cucumbers, peeled -coconut milk (or meat of 1 fresh coconut) -4 T fresh lime juice -2 T almond butter -1/2 cup greens/herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, etc.) -1 T fresh ginger -Water to thin (about 1 cup) -Season with:  salt, cayenne, or add thai "flair" by adding a splash … [Read more...]

Fast and Fresh Gazpacho

Ingredients 4 cups low-sodium tomato juice 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Hot pepper sauce to taste (optional) 2 pounds tomatoes, seeded, diced 1 cucumber, seeded, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 jalapeño pepper, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced Fresh cilantro for … [Read more...]

Spinach and Eggs Breakfast Salad

My kids' still love protein pancakes for breakfast, but in the summer I like a more refreshing and cooling morning breakfast.  My breakfast still has to pack in the protein, however, or I'll be hungry just a few hours later.  One of my favorite things to do is to hard-boil some eggs on a weekend, and then use them as snack items and/or quick meal items during the week.  These … [Read more...]

Creamy Avocado Herb Salad Dressing

If there is one thing EVERY person should know how to do it the kitchen, I'd say it should be knowing how to make your own salad dressing. That stuff that comes in the bottle has all kinds of stuff in there that you don't need, it doesn't taste as good, and it is overly expensive. I'm always winging in when it comes to salad dressings, but I periodically posted a comment … [Read more...]

Herb Avocado Dip

For a refreshing summer snack, blend in a Vitamix or cuisinart: -1 avocado -2 cups greens (spinach, kale, sorrel, asian greens, etc.) -1/2 herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, tarragon, etc.) -1 roma tomato -1 T each: fresh lemon juice, apple cider* vinegar, olive oil -1 t sea salt *or change it up with red wine vinegar, or balsamic … [Read more...]

Warmed but Raw Lasagna

I've posted a recipe very similar to this one in the past (No Bake Lasagna), but I wanted to try it again with a slightly different twist.  This recipe is inspired by a cooking class I recently attended a Glow Live Foods Cafe in Ketchum.  A huge thanks to Chef Brooke Hovey and Cafe Owner Molly Peppo! Directions: -Make your "cheese" pesto filling (see below) -Make your … [Read more...]

Spinach and Dulse Soup

I have been trying to come up with ways to use all the greens we have growing in our garden.  It is still pretty warm here, so it was also nice to not heat up the kitchen to come up with a dinner soup: -1 avocado -several stalks of celery -a large bunch of greens from the garden -3 T olive oil -1/2 cup dulse flakes (seaweed;  great source of iodine) -Purified water to … [Read more...]