Even though I love experimenting with different recipes and ingredients, I can sometimes get too into a pattern until I am making the same meal for every dinner. I really wanted to bust myself out of this rut. So I dug into the back of my mind for a recipe idea that had been floating around. And with a little further tweaking, I manage to come up with the perfect meal to get me out of my rut.
Is it just me or does summer just scream ‘S’mores’? I don’t ever crave them any other time of the year but as soon as the weather starts getting warm I just crave that chocolatey, marshmallow and graham cracker goodness. But sometimes I just don’t want to go out and make a bonfire in the 100 degree heat to enjoy this treat. Okay… most of the time. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still make a delicious version right in my own kitchen.
Now I love getting inspiration for recipes all on my own, but my absolute favorite way has to be when someone thinks that something can not be made vegan. And I love even more when they try a recipe made vegan and like it even more than the original. Chicken salad always seems to be that one recipe that is so much fun to remix in different ways and is the perfect stable for a mid-day snack or delicious meal.
I can not understand the weather of Minnesota. One minute it is sunny and beautiful. The next it is hailing. And then it’s pouring rain. The weather is giving me emotional whiplash. To try and keep myself not only healthy so I am able to enjoy those few days of beautiful weather (whenever they may appear) but also happy even when it looks like the world is ending outside, I kicked up my vitamin C intake tenfold with the help of the amazingly ripe peaches that have been popping up everywhere I look.
This weekend our temperatures are kissing the 100s. Add humidity and having to move my sister into college on top of that and you have the perfect sweaty storm brewing. But even the hot weather couldn’t stop me from coming up with a dessert that is both refreshing and delicious but not too heavy that I can’t even bear going outside.
This past week I may have went a little insane. I blame it completely on my local grocery store. They had a sale on bananas for half price so of course I just had to go. Now I have three freezers filled with bananas and a stack of banana themed recipes just waiting to be made. My family is getting themselves ready for the long haul of banana flavored food ahead of them. But this recipe definitely started me out on a high note. Now I just have to live up to the rep it has given me.
During summer, it seems that there are so many things that go perfectly with ketchup. Hot dogs. Hamburgers. Fries. Bratwursts. Etc. But being me I can never settle for keeping something the same for long, so I decided that I would change up my ketchup to add a whole new flavor layer to all of my food. Surprisingly this was harder than I anticipated but in the end well worth and a surefire way to make my summer delicious.
Since it is officially reaching summer weather here, there is only one thing that I can think of that is absolutely essential to have around. Ice cream sandwiches! As a kid, these were my favorite to have around and just because I am an adult doesn’t mean I have to give them up. However, I didn’t think it would be any fun to make plain old normal ice cream sandwiches. So I came up with these 100% raw cookies-n-cream ice cream sandwich.
Although I am a huge fan of energy bites and smoothies, I have really been wanting a different kind of flavor and texture for a snack or meal on the go. So, with a little inspiration from my veggie patties that are soon to come, I came up with these amazing little lentil snack patties that really changed up my idea of what a portable meal has to be.
After finally having the weather take a turn for the better, I really wanted something refreshing to sip on. It just seems like something you do when the sun is out. So I took from a Thai ice tea recipe that I tried and combined it with a bit of the southern experience and came up with this sweet combination of hibiscus and cream.