Crunchy Af Asian Persuasion Farmers Market Salad

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Summer is made for salads…at least for the two of us. With the fluctuating and confusing weather going from hot to crazy hot to randomly Fall like, we’ve kept it simple. Basically, less cooked foods besides the occasional roasted veg that happens on those below 70 degree days. I mean, I’m going to have my roasted sweet potato because that crunchiness is not replicated on the stovetop. It’s not the same!!!

To get creative and eat outside the box, salads have become entire meals loaded with everything you could possibly need. Protein, check. Healthy fats, check. Crunchy things, check. Greens, check. Delicious dressing, check check and check. Basically any REAAAAALLLY good salad needs at least something crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet and it needs a really freakin good dressing. It’s a must!

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Hubby and I really love that miso ginger dressing that coats every crevice of lettuce at a sushi spot or Hibachi grill. Besides the actually hibachi veggies, the starter salad is WHERE IT’S AT!

If you don’t feel like making your dressing (it’s okay, this is normal human-ness, sometimes I’m lazy af too), there is a creamy miso ginger dressing over by the sushi section at Whole Foods (it’s so damn good). It’s going to run you about 5-6 bucks but it’s worth it if you’re feeling lazy. Or you can give that Newman’s branded sesame ginger dressing a shot. Easy to find. Easy on that budget too 😉

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Divine & Delicious Roasted Delicata Squash

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The weather is cooling down and you know what that means?! It’s time for soups, casseroles, hearty meals and time to buckle down and find our rooting. And might I add time for the awesome holiday’s. I’m already in the process of brainstorming ideas for recipes to wow my family especially with vegetables they haven’t tried before and in combinations that really represent the heart of the season.

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Farmers Market Fresh Fiesta: Gazpacho + Peach Corn Salsa

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Did you know that corn and peaches are officially here and in season? I mean they’re not perfect but they are there, and just knowing they are there makes me squeal with delight. The best way to really showcase these fruits and veggies is to keep them raw or even lightly cooked (basically, let those babies breathe) and let the natural flavors burst through.

I’m going to be honest with you, I have always been curious about gazpacho but never really tried to make it. I figured, eh, it’s something I could live without and boy, was I wrong. If you get farm fresh tomatoes (which will be in full bloom soon), you will be all set with a cold, tangy, vibrant soup that will keep you cool and energized this summer. And you top it with the peach corn salsa and a few tortilla chips and you have quite the fiesta in your mouth. Party in your mouth!!! WOO!

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