Category Food for Summer

CSA Challenge Week 3: Meal Planning (and Collard Greens!)

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Having a CSA means that you essentially buy a share of a local farm. Throughout the growing season, you receive weekly produce from them. The price for organic produce is less than what you would pay at a grocery store; the trade-off, but also the joy, is that there […]

CSA Challege Week Two: Featuring Beets and Broccoli

Our second week with our CSA from Love Farm Organics was even more exciting than the first. Here’s what we received: Strawberries, Golden Beets, Radishes, Kale, Onions, Garlic Scapes, Broccoli, Snap Peas, Lettuce. Here’s how I used the produce: I made a Mexican Sauté, using the kale and onions, along with black beans, corn, and bell […]

Tomatoes and Basil

As I wrote about in my last post, summer tomatoes taste so delicious to me that they don’t need a lot of accompaniment. The fact that basil exists, and is fresh in my garden at the same time as tomatoes are, I think, one of life’s miracles. Putting fresh basil and tomatoes together can make anyone appear […]

Vegan Pesto and White Bean Salad

My basil plants are flourishing in the warm summer sun, so it’s time to make a lot of Italian food. I love pesto, and find it’s the perfect summer pasta sauce, since it goes so nicely with seasonal vegetables. However, I also like to include a big source of protein, such as legumes, with my […]

Summer Improvisation

If you usually don’t trust yourself to cook without a recipe, the summer is the time to begin. With fresh herbs, and abundant local fruits and vegetables, it’s really hard to go wrong. My go-to summer combination is fresh vegetables, fresh herbs, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. If you have these items, […]

Salads

Adding a salad to meals is one of the easiest ways to eat more vegetables, yet we don’t always intuitively know how to make a good salad.  Or, if you’re like me, you may have relied on cheese, croutons, and creamy dressings to flavor your salads.  I’ve been trying to improve my salad making for […]

Simple Salsa

Salsa is a great way to use up tomatoes – we still have several ripening in our garden.  I’ve been making a fresh batch every week since August, and there’s nothing like it.  Sometimes, I make pasta and tomato sauce at the same time by throwing half of my garden tomatoes in a pot on […]

Zucchini: The Sweet

Zucchini muffins are one of my favorite summer treats, and I still have lots of zucchini in my garden.  If you do too, try a batch of these muffins – I began with a recipe from Vegan Brunch, a great cookbook, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for, so I made it my […]

Zucchini: The Savory

It’s that time of year again, when suddenly it seems there is almost too much in the garden to eat – especially zucchini! Here’s a quick and easy meal idea to use up some of your zucchini and summer squash, which lends itself to many variations: Mediterranean Zucchini: 1 – 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 medium to […]

Mexican Saute

In my last post, I listed some of my favorite healthy and delicious toppings.  Now, I’m posting a recipe that lends itself well to toppings.  Well, it’s not quite a recipe, it’s actually more recipe-ish.  One of my early posts was some basic guidelines for vegan cooking, that people could follow so they weren’t constantly looking up new recipes.  This “sort […]

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