Saturday, July 21, 2012

Recipe Redux Summer Salad

I love summer fruit. Seriously I do. Although pumpkin does still have a special place in my heart, there is something so wonderful about perfect watermelon, pineapple and cantaloupe. mmmm. And although my boyfriend would very much disagree with me, I adore mixing fresh summer fruits in salad. Savory and sweet, salty and rich. Plus when the temperature is rising and I'm living in an AC-free sauna apartment no-cook meals are where it's at. Like this salad:

Cantaloupe Salad

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup cantaloupe diced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 TBS mint leaves, minced
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1 TBS lime
  • Salt to taste

In a large bowl layer arugula, cantaloupe, and blueberries. In a separate dish mix honey, lime, mint, and salt. Pour dressing over salad. Sprinkled sliced almonds on top. Enjoy!
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Elizabeth Cooks: Summer Squash Pasta

Like I've said before I just love the tastes of summer. Even though I may be sweating in my sauna apartment regularly, the flavors that come with summer make up for it.

 I'm not signed up for a CSA this year, maybe because I wasn't sure if I'd still be living in Boston (so happy that I am), or also that I miss browsing the farmer's markets when I have a CSA. While I'll probably commit to one next year, I'm enjoying discovering some of my old markets again. I was also delighted to see that Whole Foods at Fresh Pond was doing a local share- $20 for a bounty of local produce + local product. I got kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and summer squash up the wazoo! So what to do with all this summer squash? Throw it into an after-the-beach-pasta-salad of course!
don't worry-no sand is involved in the making of this pasta. 
Summer Squash Pasta
1 bag whole wheat pasta (i like the spirals. ok fusilli)
1 can (15 oz) white beans or garbanzo beans
5 summer squashes, sliced and diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T frsh basil
salt pepper to taste
Make pasta according to directions on box. Chop up that summer squash and then throw it into a saute pan with olive oil, basil, salt and pepper. Saute until they start to break down, then add your can of beans. Cover with lid, reduce head and simmer for 4 more minutes. Mix summer squash with pasta. Serve with a lovely side salad.
What are you doing to beat the heat? I'll take any and all suggestions!

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Summer Love List

Whew-July is starting out strong! Getting Toasty, traveling and starting many new adventures!! I took a much needed week away from it all to go from here:
Top of Jackson Hole Ski Resort Wyoming
 To here:
Maine for Jess and Tim's wedding!!! 
Luckily I love my clients and am very excited to start a new position with Vega on Monday so coming back wasn't so rough-and my gigantic to-do list got tackled before another weekend away.

I have a separate list of things/foods/apps that I am totally in love with and tend to tell everyone I run into about. But I might as well share them here too right?

Here's some items on my Summer Love List: 

Nude Food Bars- Like a heartier larabar these organic raw snack bars will definitely fill you up. My favorite flavors are walnut brownie and peanutbutter chocolate chip.On the East Coast you're probably going to have to order them online. Shout out to your Whole Foods if you want to see them in stores!

 Leap Organics Soaps and Lip Balm
 Made of the highest quality ingredients, organic and sustainable. Plus they work great and have fantastic graphics! Oh and they're local to Cambridge. Winning!
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Lululemon Covers It All Dress
I could wear this every day of the week. Seriously. It's a dress, it's a shawl, it's a shirt, It's Superwoman! ( reversible too!)
Covers It All Dress

TripIt Website and  iPhone App
Be an organized jet-setter. Seriously life changing
Nike Training Club iPhone App
Hardcore 15, 30, 45 or 60 minute workouts. With videos of each exercise. Seriously sweat-inducing.

 What are you loving right now???