Looking for a simple and easy way to switch up your salsa this summer? What about this incredible salsa verde! Salsa verde is found in many cultures, generally known as "green sauce". In most cultures it's made with a blend of green herbs (one example being chimichurri).
The mexican's make their green sauce with tomatillos. My only comment is that if you haven't eaten a tomatillo yet, you have to. It looks like a tomato, but is so much more than that! Infuse a tomato with some lemon and lime and you've got a tomatillo!
The second I put a slice of tomatillo in my mouth I knew I had to make a salsa with it. It is packed with so much flavor, you barely have to add anything to it for the perfect salsa.
Seven years ago, naive 16 year old me thought it would be a great idea to plant six zucchini plants in my backyard garden.
Six zucchini plants.
For anyone whose grown squash, one plant of any squash is plenty for a family.
Just look at how happy I look holding my oversized zucchini next to my overgrown plants. I was stressed. I was harvesting 3-4 zucchini per day and my family and friends couldn't eat it fast enough. But I was so proud of growing all that zucchini that I tried to eat as much of it as I could.
So I did, and I've never looked at zucchini the same since. In all honesty zucchini is pretty tough for me to eat sometimes, but I still love growing it. Fortunately I've learned a few different ways to cook zucchini that make it absolutely delicious and enjoyable. (even for someone like me!)
What's a Garlic Scape?
A garlic scape is the flower bud of a garlic plant. It's cut off before it blooms to promote growth of the garlic bulb.
More importantly, it's freaking delicious.
Raw, it tastes just like a bulb of garlic. Based on how it cooks, it can either develop an asparagus-like flavor or a light roasted garlic flavor.
Personally, I think the best way to cook this is quickly roasting it in the oven or over the grill for just a few minutes. It's important to note that the longer you cook the scape, the more it will lose it's flavor.
The goal to cooking it is to just help it lose it's harshness yet retain it's delicious flavors. They're so easy to cook, you won't even believe the ingredients.
Looking for healthy recipes to enjoy at your backyard barbecue? Try these awesome healthy barbecue recipes that help you enjoy your veggies.
1. Cowboy Caviar
2. Creamy Cucumber Salad
Want to make a cucumber salad that's healthy? This cucumber salad uses greek yogurt instead of sour cream, reducing the fat. You can even used 0% fat free greek yogurt to make the recipe fat free! Click to try!
3. Perfect Peach Salad
4. Summer Orzo Salad
5. Healthy Kohlrabi Slaw
Looking for a delicious slaw to enjoy? Try this delicious kohlrabi slaw! It's delicious, super easy to make, and has barely any salt or sugar added.
Looking for something to make with your kohlrabi? Also looking for a healthy summer side dish? Well this is the recipe for you! This kohlrabi slaw has few added sugars or salts, making it the perfect dish for you to try this summer!
What is kohlrabi?
Kohlrabi is a fun, alien-looking vegetable that's sometimes mistaken as fennel. It's in the same species as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale, and almost tastes like a turnip. It's leaves are edible and often used in soups. Kohlrabi can be cooked or prepared raw. Today, we're going to use it my favorite way: in slaw!
Just to give it the respect it deserves, the photo to the left is a horrible photo of kohlrabi without it's leaves. It had been sitting in my fridge for a week before I took it, and it was just a leftover from the farmer's market.
Serves about 4-6 people
1. Wash and peel kohlrabi and carrots. In a food processor using a fine shredding blade, shred the kohlrabi and carrots. Then core the apple, and shred it as well. Once shred, place all of these ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Thinly slice the shallot and parsley. Sprinkle both in the bowl. Then add the white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, and black pepper.
3. Toss until all ingredients are well incorporated. I found it easier to toss with salad forks!
In all honesty, I've never like coleslaw but found this one absolutely delicious! I love the way the kohlrabi tastes and is complimented by the other ingredients. Again, this is a healthier slaw, so some individuals may find the need to add a little salt or sugar. But without those two ingredients, I found this absolutely delicious!
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Looking for a fun, filling way to enjoy your summer veggies? Try this awesome Summer Orzo Salad.
1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a pot. Add orzo and let cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Stir every few minutes.
2. Chop cherry tomatoes and zucchini then place in bowl. Mix with arugula, corn, cilantro, and feta.
3. When orzo is done cooking, drain and rinse with cold water to help cool. Once cooled, mix with vegetables.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, white balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Then add to orzo and stir until well incorporated.
Looking for something to do with your extra peaches this summer? I love making this perfect peach salad for just about any occasion. It's juicy, sweet, and incorporates many complimentary flavors. It can be the perfect side to a meal or snack at the beach!
This blueberry rhubarb flatbread is a simple, easy, and unique way to enjoy some of your fresh fruit! Just throw it together, put it in the oven, and pretty soon you'll have a sweet and savory dish!
Serves 2-4 depending on size of flatbread
No, I'm not here to fool you into cooking something that you're going to hate. I was trying to find something to do with my swiss chard one day and thought "maybe I'd actually like eating this if it tasted sweet."
110% recommend experimenting with this side dish. Pairs well with grilled chicken. Also make sure you wash and cook the swiss chard properly to prevent grittiness :)
This recipe is a super easy way to enjoy your roasted root vegetables!
1 bunch Carrots
1 bunch Radishes
1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
2 Tbsp Orange Juice
1 Tbsp Thyme
1/2 cup Cilantro
Salt & Pepper