Memorial Day is here and it is hard to believe 2019 is almost half way over. Most Americans celebrate the day remembering those who gave their lives for our country's freedom, and by having the first cookout of summer time. Except here in Florida it seems like it is summer all the time.
Here are a few summertime recipes we have shared on the blog over the years.
These always go great with Sweet Potato Fries or
Kale and Chickpea Mash:
Saute several diced garlic cloves over medium heat in a small amount of olive oil or coconut oil. Add approximately 1/4 of a diced onion and cook until soft.
Add 3-4 cups of chopped kale and 1/4 cup of Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids
(1/2 the amount of sodium of soy sauce) or Coconut Amino Acids (1/2 the amount of sodium
of Bragg's). Cover and let kale begin to wilt. Add one-15oz. can of drained and rinsed
chickpeas. Make sure you rinse them a few times to get rid of excess salt etc.
By now the kale has wilted. Mash about half the chickpeas while they are in the pan cooking, then sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast for a great 'cheesy' flavor.
This whole process should only take 10-15 minutes.
You can have this as a salad or dessert.
We make a quick dressing with "Simply Organic" garlic vinaigrette.
You should be able to get this at any supermarket or health food store.
A quick dressing recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow.
Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1 tbs. Dijon mustard
3 tbs. apple cider vinegar
2 tbs. maple syrup
1/2 cup olive oil
whisk together mustard, vinegar and maple syrup in a bowl.
slowly drizzle in olive oil.
season with salt and pepper.
It is important you use arugula because of its slightly bitter, peppery taste. Combined with
the sweet watermelon, it makes for a delicious blended flavor.
Here's a link to benefits of arugula: Food Facts.
Also some interesting facts about watermelon: Food Facts
Slice a chilled watermelon into 1-1/2" to 2" thick slices.
Cut into "steak-like" shapes.
Top with a hand full of Arugula, sunflower seeds or pine nuts.
Drizzle with a small amount of dressing.
For a quick dessert try:
3 cups frozen pineapple
1 16oz. can of full fat coconut milk
Blend all together in blender,
Transfer to airtight container and freeze for 2-3 hours.
You can add some rum if desired!
Have a great week.