Summer Salads and Sides: Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Some salads are green.  Lots of salads are pretty.  But some salads are SHOWSTOPPERS! This salad has my whole heart! Say “hello” to a lllll of the stonefuits!  Peaches, plums, and cherries.  Plus, sweet blueberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil leaves, and chopped almonds for crunch!  Drizzled with most amazing champagne vinaigrette – made with champagne vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice Oh, and did I mention the GIANT ball of burrata in the center?  No?  Well, there is a giant, creamy, gooey ball of fresh burrata cheeeeeeese in the middle.  In. Heaven.   This salad is gorgeous, delicious, and packed with all of the amazing fresh flavors of…

Mango Coconut Sticky Forbidden Rice

Mango, mango, mango!  And coconut Milk!  And sticky forbidden rice! By the time this posts, we will be leaving for Kauai in T minus 6 days, so I wish I could say that this recipe was the product of my tropical recipe fever.  But I can’t.  In fact, it was the product of the husband not being able to chew for several days after dental work.  And after about day 2 of chocolate pudding, he was ready to mix it up a bit.  And knowing he is a huge fan of thai sticky mango rice, I thought this might be right up his alley.  I was not wrong.  As he…

Summer Salads and Sides: Grilled Carrots and Green Onions with Lemony Tahini Sauce

Playing around with grilled veggies, have resulted in some of my personal fave meals of the summer.  But its hard to get some male members of our species – the hubs included – super stoked about grilled veggies.  Anytime I’m making space for them on the grill: eye-rolls.  Chock it up as another one of my “wild hippy-dippy ideas.” But sometimes “wild” turns out amazing.  I love roasted carrots and green onions. But, I wanted a different sauce than the perfunctory yogurt sauce with mint leaves.  So while scooping tahini onto a carrot stick one day… I realized that might be was the answer.  And my-oh-my, this sauce was the answer!…

Summer Road Trippin’: Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars

Healthy, portable, and easy to make snacks that keep me going without making a mess are my kind of snacks!  This summer I have brought these chewy dark chocolate cherry quinoa bars everywhere.  They have gone with me: on more than one road trip backpacking hiking kayaking as pre and post race “fuel” in my purse on a plane When I find what I like, I tend to put it on repeat.  And I am a super fan of these chewy bars.  Can you tell? I have a KILLER time finding protein bars that actually taste good and aren’t packed with sugar and processed ingredients.  So far I’m batting in…

Summer Sides and Salads: Chimichurri Peach and Avocado Salad

You guys, its stone fruit season, which means PEACHES, PEACHES, and more PEACHES!  This salad takes advantage of all of the summer flavors: fresh cilantro and lemon juice, spicy peppers, creamy avocados, sweet peaches, and crunchy cucumbers! If you have had the oregano heavy chimichurri with meat (usually steak), this is its fresher lighter cousin. I’m opting for cilantro instead of oregano, tons of spices, and a little heat from a serrano pepper!  I can’t even explain the magical burst of summer this sauce and salad evoke on my tastebuds.  Can’t even. I will be very sad to see stone fruit season come to and end.  And nine out of…
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