Marinated Summer Squash Salad
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds summer squash (yellow, green or a mix), about 3 large squash per pound
The perfect combination of sweet and savory and ready in 30 minutes.
Creamy Non-Dairy Onion Soup
Simple Cream of Celery Soup
16 ounces fresh ricotta
3 tablespoons good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
10 large leaves fresh basil, rinsed, patted dry and chiffonaded
4 large ripe summer squash, trimmed and sliced into 1 1/2-inch rounds
1. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper and basil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the squash without overcrowding the pan and cook in batches, flipping after about 3 minutes, until both sides are golden brown and squash is just cooked through. Don't overcook or you'll end up with soggy sandwiches.
3. Remove from pan and transfer to a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Allow to cool to at least room temperature. You shouldn't feel any heat or see steam rising from them. If they are too warm, the ricotta stuffing will melt.
4. Make your "oreos" by placing the ricotta mixture on top of one squash round and topping with another squash rouund.
5. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Raw Beet Salad
Sautéed Bok Choy
Sautéed bok choy is an easy to make and flavorful side dish. It's a 5-ingredient recipe that is made in under 10 minutes.
1 pound baby bok choy
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Half of a lemon, cut into wedges
1. Remove any discolored outer stalks of the bok choy and discard them (or save for stock later). Place the bok choy into a colander and rinse with cool water, rubbing any grit or dirt from between the leaves. 2. Trim the ends then slice each bok choy in half lengthwise. Or if they are large, cut into quarters. Pat dry.Add the oil, garlic and red pepper flakes to a wide room-temperature skillet. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oil begins to bubble around the garlic, but before the garlic starts to turn light brown.
3. Toss in the boy choy and spread into one layer. Sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt then cook, without stirring, until the bottom is starting to turn brown, about 2 minutes.
4. Flip then cook another 2 minutes or until the green leaves have wilted and the white bottoms are beginning to soften, but still have some crunch.
5. Transfer to a platter then squeeze 2 lemon wedges on top. A teaspoon or so of olive oil is nice, too. Serve with more lemon wedges on the side.
This recipe is adapted from a Bobby Flay original.
Dandelion Greens Salad
ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS
2 cups tightly packed fresh arugula
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup good extra virgin olive oil
handful of walnuts, pine nuts or almonds (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste
Coconut Curry Carrot Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons peeled, finely grated, fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
1 1/2 pounds carrots (5 large), scrubbed well, cut into 1/4-inch thick coins
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-fat coconut milk
2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh kale with stems removed and leaves chopped
Pinch of sea salt
½ cup sliced pickled beets*
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
*Pickled beets recipes.
Canning method compliments of Janet Baker
4 lbs. beets
3 cups onions, thinly sliced
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp mustard seed
1 tsp whole cloves
3 sticks cinnamon, broken
1 Tbsp whole black pepper
1 bay leaf
1. Wash and drain beets. Place in large pot, cover with boiling water and cook until tender.
2. Let cool until you can skin comfortably. Slice.
3. Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 mins.
4. Add beets and cook until hot throughout.
6. Remove cinniamon sticks.
7. Pack hot beets into 4 hot pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
8. Ladle hot pickling liquid over beets, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
9 Remove air bubbles. Cap with two-piece caps.
10. Process 30 minutes in a boiling water canner.
Quick pickled beets recipe
Refrigerator Pickled Beets are so easy to make and last up to 6 weeks, so you can always have some available for a side, salad, or healthy snack!
4 medium roasted beets , cooled, peeled, and sliced (<< click that link for how to make roasted beets)
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon (dry) ground mustard
5 whole black peppercorns
1, Bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and mustard to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for a few minutes; take off the heat and allow to cool a bit.
2. Add peppercorns and beets to a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. (This particular recipe fits nicely into a 1 liter sized jar.) Pour the brine in, covering all the beets.
3. Cover and set aside for several hours (or up to 24), then transfer to the refrigerator.
Notes-This particular recipe will keep up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
Fresh Tomato Soup
Watermelon Feta Salad
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
3 cups arugula
1 cup sliced red onion
2 pounds watermelon, cubed
4 ounces feta cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Add the tomatoes, arugula, and onions; toss to coat.
Gently stir in the watermelon and feta cheese to serve.
Summer Squash and Tomato Salad
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons chopped basil
2 tablespoons chopped mint
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow squash
¼ cup white wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Tomato Peach Gazpacho
NOTE: Can be made ahead, left 24 hours to chill. Keeps 3-4 days in the fridge.
Carrot Mustard Slaw
1 red onion
1 ½ Tablespoons dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon capers
1/3 cup olive oil
1 lb. Carrots
2 celery stalks
¼ cup chopped dill
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
2. Add a dollop of Sunny Caesar Dressng (recipe below)
3. Sprinkle Amaranth and Broccoli micros to your preference
SUNNY CAESAR DRESSING
MAKES 3/4 CUP
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
2. If you want the dressing a little thinner, gradually add water until the dressing reaches the consistency you like.
3. Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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