There are a lot of things to love about June but one of my favorites is that it is finally berry season! I am a fairly equal opportunity fruit eater but give me a fresh pint of raspberries or a bowl of plump, just picked strawberries and I will eat the entire thing every single time. There is just nothing like fresh berries at the height of the season. My four year old son is also a berry lover and on the days when he eats an entire container of organic blueberries by himself I am grateful for Costco and their amazing organic fruit options! Since my personal fridge is currently filled to the brim with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, I thought a collection of berry themed recipes might be just the thing for this week’s Good Food Reads. I hope you enjoy a few of these treats this weekend!…
Summer…ah, summer. Sandals and sunscreen, sunshine and summer storms. My kids are finished with school for the summer and although my oldest in on a school trip to Washington D.C., my little is home during the day. On the days I’m not at work we’ve been talking about what summer foods we want to make this summer. I bet you’ll be able to guess which summer foods he picked in this edition of Good Food Reads! Read on… …
Some of you may know this, but I spent almost 16 years of my life as a vegetarian. From about age 12 until a few months before my 28th birthday, I lived the veggie life. My reasons for going vegetarian (and then staying veggie!) changed over the years, and while I’m now definitely an omnivore, I still try to keep about half of my meals plant based and really don’t miss meat when I’m focusing on such great food! Over the years I’ve built up a pretty great personal collection of vegetarian recipes but I’m always on the hunt for more so for this week’s Good Food Reads, we are going veg! I promise, there is something for everyone and the meat lovers in your life won’t even miss it.
I’m so intrigued by this 5 Minute Macadamia Cheese and Vegan Crudité from Minimalist Baker. I’m not going to lie, I’ll probably stick with non-vegan cheese, but the photos are so gorgeous I could probably be convinced to give it a try! Those roasted carrots are making me so hungry right now.
Grilled Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri. So many of my favorite things in one dish. Can’t wait to give it a try.
Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Romesco & Farro from Vegetarian Heartland. I love all the colorful veggies!
Don’t forget the grill! When I was a full time vegetarian, I always struggled to enjoy those boxed veggie burgers (Boca cheeseburgers usually won out). I can’t wait to give these Wild Rice Veggie Burgers with Herbed Ricotta a try for our next grilling session. Another option? This Sweet Potato and Mushroom Quinoa Burger. I doubt the meat will be missed!
Where there are burgers, there should probably be fries. I’m ready to tackle these Sesame Garlic Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Curry Dip.
A fresh, vegetarian take on the classic summer pasta side dish: Creamy Greek Pasta Salad.
Instant Pot Hummus with Chimichurri. I love hummus and love to make it at home but can never seem to plan ahead enough to soak the beans and end up using canned. Maybe it will be InstantPot to the rescue!
Meal Prep Mediterranean Bowls – for making those busy work days a little less crazy. LOVE the inclusion of marinated feta. So yum! These Almond-Sesame Soba Noodles with Quick Pickled Vegetables would be amazing as well.
Ok, this isn’t a recipe but have you guys seen these DIY Terracotta Wine Chillers? I have exactly zero pinterest type craft skills but maybe I could pull one of these off?
It has been a crazy busy week, as most of them are towards the end of the school year. My kids don’t have their last day of school until next week, but the past two weeks have been chock full of end of the year parties, teacher gifts, graduation festivities, end of the year orchestra concerts, dance recitals, and let’s not forget the never ending soccer games! When you put that on top of a full time work schedule, well…whew, I’m starting to get tuckered out! And I must admit my belly is growing very tired of all of the fast and fast casual food we’ve been eating (not to mention guilty) as we fly around from one activity from another. It’s time to reintroduce vegetables and clean eating to our diets. These salads we’ve found all over the internet will be a great way to start that process…and they are anything but boring! So keep reading for a Good Food Reads dedicated to salads!…
It’s finally here! The unofficial kick off weekend to my favorite time of year: SUMMER. Though I live in Minnesota, land of the cold (at least from December to March), I am a warm weather girl all the way. I love nothing more than bare feet and summery dresses on a perfect 80 degree day. I also love summertime eating, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, frequent grill meals, and creative cocktails by the water. This week’s edition of Good Food Reads is inspired by all of the summertime goodness I can’t wait to get cooking (and eating!). Happy reading…and eating!…
Welcome to another edition of Good Food Reads! I don’t know about you guys, but I have had one tough week. I got diagnosed with strep and then my kindergarten aged son got strep as well. I’ve been dealing with a sick one while being sick myself which is doubly hard. But once again, my amazing work family rallied around me and took my shifts at work to allow me take care of myself and my family. This Cocktail Edition of Good Food Reads is dedicated to them-because I owe each and every one of them a drink! …
Spring has sprung. Have I mentioned how much I love spring? The birds are singing, the tulips have bloomed and I can finally send my kids to school without a jacket! Just last week, Holly and I attended our first Wildtree party to put together freezer meals that our husbands could grill while we were at work. We had a great time drinking wine and hanging out with friends (that we hadn’t seen in far too long!) while putting together a wide array of freezer meals. Total win. But despite the beautiful weather and the crazy chaotic activity schedule, we are never too busy to bring you another edition of Good Food Reads. Let’s get started shall we? …
It’s Friday and it’s Cinco de Mayo, so who’s ready for a fiesta? I know I am! The weather is finally turning around here in Minnesota (we had SNOW on May 1st – it was a cruel joke) and I am ready for some good food, good drinks, and time on our porch with friends. With those things in mind, this week’s Good Food Reads is full of recipes for your Cinco de Mayo Celebration, a relaxing weekend gathering and a few other great finds. Oh, but before you plan your menu, better check out this Washington Post article on the current avocado shortage. Say it isn’t so! …
Here in Minneapolis it is theoretically getting warmer, although today I trudged my son out to the bus stop through snow flurries. Sigh. Excuse me if I’m just a tad down about that. But I do plan on spending the weekend at my cabin doing some recipe development for a new partnership we have entered. More on that soon, but that ensures this weekend will be sunshine-y, no matter what the weather! But first, let’s get started with this week’s edition of Good Food Reads. One little bit of housekeeping, I WILL post the links for the recipes corresponding to the photos above at the end of this post (I realize that there was some disappointment the last time when I didn’t do this and I am truly sorry. Truly.)
I just returned from a lovely vacation in the Arizona desert. It was filled with sunshine, wonderful family time, and (of course) some seriously good food. As I attempt to reset my diet – and (let’s be honest) reintroduce vegetables to my body! – I am craving all of that amazing southwest food we indulged in. So, with that being said you’ll have to forgive the slightly spicy bent to today’s Good Food Reads. What can I say? I’ve got big, bold flavors on the brain and I’m not feeling sad about it.
Like I mentioned, I’m attempting to dial back the indulgences this week while keeping all of that amazing flavor. I was so excited to find this recipe from Cooking Light for Chicken and Poblano Stew with Polenta. This recipe has chipotles in adobo, which is one of my favorite ingredients, but also roasted poblanos so the smoky heat should be amazing.
Breakfast Tacos Al Pastor, via Half Baked Harvest. Because there’s no reason that my current cravings should stop at breakfast! Also, they have pineapple in them. GENIUS.
And because I can’t stop, won’t stop: Carne Asada Burrito Bowls. This recipe does require a little advanced prep with the steak marinade, but they payoff should be worth it. I’m planning to double the recipe and bring some bowls to work this weekend!
You know I can’t resist a good sheet pan recipe. This week I really want to this recipe for Sheet Pan Roasted Jambalya. There is just something about those pictures full of wonderfully bright vegetables and fresh shrimp that I can’t stop thinking about!
Another batch prep for me this week: Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup. Even though things are starting to warm up here in Minnesota (hellooooo spring!), I’m still loving soup. This gorgeous soup from Dana at Minimalist Baker is vegan and gluten free. Plus, it uses coconut milk and dill for a little something extra. YUM.
As I noted earlier, I’m trying to up my vegetable game this week but I’m just not feeling my usual salads. I’m hoping to try these Sweet Chili Roasted Brussels Sprouts tonight. The mix of sweet chili and soy sauces is right up my alley!
Ok, admittedly, this Strawberry Almond Tea Cake recipe has absolutely nothing to do with my recent travels/cravings and everything to do with the arrival of strawberry season and the crazy gorgeous photos from Broma Bakery.
And finally, I give you: Mexican Chocolate Churro Rice Krispie Treats. Oh my heavens. Are these for real?!?!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Good Food Reads. I’m off to make some yummy food and dream of the warm dessert evenings. Send us your tips, tricks, and favorite recipes – we’d love to include them here on Good Food Reads!