Sautéed Lemony Broccolini

Copy of Copy of Copy of New Moon Celebrations

It’s like summer turned on at the flick of a switch. At that moment, Mother Nature went into full bloom and every summer fruit + veg arrived perfectly and in abundance.

One of my latest discoveries at my local farmer’s market is broccolini. Ever heard of a broccolini?! Though it is commonly called baby broccoli it’s actually its own grownup veggie and is a cross between broccoli and gai lan (Chinese broccoli). It’s tender, long thin stalks have smaller florets and occasionally has some beautiful white flowers which are totally edible. They’re almost nutty in flavor especially when roasted. But we’re in the blazes of summer right now and we are not going to turn our ovens on.

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This sauté is perfect as a side dish or even served alongside a pesto coated chickpea or lentil pasta. I love the beauty of green veggies with a green sauce. More green please!

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Oven Roasted Tomatoes {For the end of tomato season or to make any tomato taste delish}

I’m in denial that summer came and went. As I’m writing this it’s currently 40 something degrees and I’m wondering if I should have worn gloves or my bubble coat. Not that I have anything against fall, it’s one of my favorite seasons. I say this as I sip this delightfully comforting pumpkin spice chai with almond milk. It’s official. The season of hot beverages is upon us.

Im not going to lie.

This weather is so confusing. One minute it’s 80 and the next it’s 40 and we’re all messed up. But the best part, the weather gives us the best of both worlds: summer and fall produce. Apples AND tomatoes. Fall squash AND summer squash. Sweet potatoes and peppers. In some places there is still corn. That’s pretty awesome. I’m hoarding tomatoes like a mad woman because they’re pretty delicious and we won’t have really good fresh juicy tomatoes until next summer.

But this recipe just takes tomatoes to the next level. Roasting them enhances their deep tomato-y ness, creating a rich flavor and making them extra juicy. You can store these babies once roasted in the freezer or in a jar with some olive oil. But you’ll probably not be able to keep your hands off of them. Let’s be real, I ate half of the tomatoes I roasted before they made it to our dinner plates. Oops.

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A simple yet tasty salad (without lettuce!). Yes, salads are much more than the usual lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and dressing. Getting creative with salad not only makes it delicious, it makes it fun! I love concocting something random and tweaking it. Then again, I do that with everything I eat. I am familiar with flavors I like and am learning to pair things that compliment one another. 

My amazing Aunt Lisa sends me recipes quite often and this particular salad happened to be one of them. Once you see how simple this recipe is, I promise you’ll make it your go-to summer time salad. 

What you need: 

1 ear of corn, roasted (you can do this over a flame if you don’t have a grill)

2 avocados, diced into cubes

1 yellow/orange tomato, diced

1 red vipe ripened tomato, diced

1 can of organic black beans, drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

Salt, pepper, garlic powder & chili powder (a teaspoon of chili powder gives it a kick) 

How to make it: 

1. Combine in a bowl. Toss gently. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder. 

2. Eat!

If you’re an avocado fan (like I am) this is the perfect salad for you! Avocados are loaded with nearly 20 essential nutrients, like fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid! Tasty and good for you? What a fabulous combination!

That’s all for now veggie lovers!

Peace, love and no beef!

Guramrit