Tofu is one of my favorite protein sources. It is a black palate for many different flavors, so whatever type of food you feel like eating you can tailor it to your own tastes. One of my favorite recipes using it is this peanut noodle salad with tofu. You bake the tofu, then toss it with whole wheat noodles and veggies in a flavorful rich tasting peanut sauce. It is a healthy satisfying dinner that is on the table in under 45 minutes!
Organic local sweet corn is so delicious! I love it right off of the cob, but a corn soup in the summer is always nice. The recipe I am sharing with you today is really easy to make, and so good! It is ready in less than half an hour, so perfect for a weeknight meal! Also, it happens to be gluten free, dairy free and vegan as an added bonus!
Most people think of wild rice as a winter food to be served warm, but it also makes a great base for a salad! Wild rice is actually high in protein and fiber so it is a healthy option for a salad base too! The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with sweet strawberries and crunchy pecans for a delicious hearty summer salad! This is perfect for making ahead of time for a picnic, or to pack in lunches too!
It is nice to have a refreshing, cooling drink to sip on this time of the year, which is exactly why I made this Pineapple Cilantro Ginger Limeade! Adding cilantro to a drink may sound odd, but the aroma is perfect with the sweet pineapple, spicy ginger, and tart lime. This is really good paired with Asian or Mexican food or even for serving with BBQ. It is easy to make, and so good! This recipe makes a large pitcher so it is perfect for a gathering or a party!
Did you know it is easy to make your own ice cream at home? I love making my own, because I can create my own flavors, and pick which ingredients go into it. The recipe I am sharing with you today is coconut milk based, my favorite ice cream base because it makes it nice and creamy and you won’t even miss the dairy! I combine it with cashew butter to give it a cheesecake like flavor, then add in fresh raspberries, vanilla and a touch of maple syrup! It is really delicious, perfect for a hot Summer day!
Popsicles are the perfect thing to cool off with on a hot Summer day! Although you can buy them already made, many of the commercially made ones have refined sugars, flavors and colors so I like to make my own. These blackberry apricot popsicles are not only healthy and filled with nutrients since they contain real fruit, they are easy to make and delicious as well! If you would like to use stevia to taste instead of the maple syrup, that is also another option.
Watermelon is so delicious and refreshing this time of the year! I love it plain, but it is also super delicious in salads! One of my favorites is a watermelon feta salad. Since I do not eat dairy, I buy the Violife feta at Fresh and Natural Foods for the salad and it is just as good as the original. This salad is so simple and easy to make, but it has so much good flavor and is perfect for serving as a side at a Summer picnic or party! This salad is also very hydrating thanks to the watermelon, so it is amazing on a hot day!
If you are looking for a fresh, new salsa to serve at your 4th of July BBQ, I have the perfect recipe for you! This raspberry salsa is not only delicious and easy to make, but packed with nutrients. Raspberries are at their best and most flavorful this time of year in Minnesota, so I am taking full advantage of that and enjoying them as much as I can. This salsa is a little spicy, but if you prefer it to be less spicy, cut down on the amount of jalapeno, and remove the seeds before chopping. This is wonderful served over grilled tofu or as a topping for tacos, or of course with organic corn tortilla chips!
If you are looking for a potato salad that is a little lighter, but packed with flavor, look no further than this French style potato salad! It has a light vinaigrette instead of the typical mayonnaise based dressing, and it is really delicious! It is the perfect thing to serve at your BBQ as a side dish, and it happens to be gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegan so if you are inviting guests with any of those dietary restrictions, they will be able to enjoy it!