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Simple and Delicious Summer Veggie Salad

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Hi friends! You know I'm no chef. Not my line of work.

But you also know I can make real food taste halfway decent. I can't even believe I hardly cooked any meals for myself just 6 short years ago. People think I've eaten the way I do for my whole life but that is not the truth. I've worked long and hard to teach myself to eat fresh, whole foods so I very much know the struggle of trying to pull things together--especially after working a long day in school or at a job.

The other night I whipped this together with mostly leftovers in the fridge and few additions.

It worked well beside a grilled turkey burger or rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods Market. I grabbed most of the other ingredients from the farmers market or my generous friend's farm share!

Give it a whirl and see what you can add to it or with it to make it work best for you!

Simple and Delicious Summer Veggie Salad

You need:

2 cups pre-cooked quinoa

1 pint fresh cherry tomatoes 2 cups broccoli florets, finely chopped 2 cups garbanzo beans 1 cup fresh summer corn (taken off the cob) 1 cup summer squash or zucchini, chopped 1 bell pepper, diced 1 tsp fennel seeds

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried (or fresh) basil S & P to taste

 

What did you add to this to make it even better? Please share in the comments below.

Get Those Veggies In!

In these dog days of summer (what does that even mean?), homecooking can be difficult--to say the least. Who wants to turn on the stove or oven in this heat?

"The world is my sauna right now."

-Khrysti Smyth (my pal)

Well, to get the right nutrition, sometimes you have to do it--even when you don't want to. Here's something we whipped up last night that was fast, easy, healthy --and only needed a little "hot prep" to make it happen.

You'll need:

1) several small summer squash and/or zucchini

2) fresh dark leafy greens of choice (we used kale)

3) some olive oil or coconut oil for sautee

PREP: Chop up or slice the squash and zucchini. Tear up the greens into bite sized pieces (or chop with a knife) and put them in a pan with several teaspoons of oil. Saute over medium to low heat.

4) boxed Gardenburgers (you can make these homemade, sure. We don't have time for that right now in our lives. Boxed will do.) I prefer soy-free ones--I am not a fan of "fake meat" products.

5) a few slices of Ezekial bread--(I'll write a blog post on each of these foods and why they are good ones to choose)

6) fixins' (i.e. organic ketchup, sliced onion, sliced fresh tomato, lettuce)

PREP: Brown the Gardenburgers in a pan over med/low heat with a wee bit of oil. Toast your bread.

COMBINE: the fresh veggie sautee (a sprinkle of salt makes these killer!) and the burgers---add whatever else might make this quick summer dinner enjoyable and FUN!