The heart of summer is such a fantastic time to be a cook. Despite some days where the heat definitely makes the idea of standing over a stove less than appealing, the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables makes up for it and this week’s Good (Food) Reads is filled with recipes that take advantage of all of that summer produce! Do you have a go-to summer recipe? Send it our way and we’ll feature it on Good (Food) Reads!
Grilled Corn and Tomato Salsa Salad (via NYT). I’m making this tonight. My husband is solidly anti-tomato, so I think I’ll be getting most of this beauty to myself.
Risotto with Tomatoes and Corn (NYT). A slightly heavier and comfort food take on summer produce.
Double Tomato Pesto Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles (Cookie + Kate). I just bought a new spiralizer during Amazon Prime Day yesterday and this recipe is going to be a great one to break it in! I love that it has whole wheat pasta AND noodles. No deprivation here, just good wholesome foods.
I am a total sucker for one-pot recipes. Less dishes for me is a massive win. I am excited about trying this gorgeous One Pot Creamy Chicken and Summer Vegetable Pasta from Greens and Chocolate.
Another thing I really love in the summer months is a good salad. Something portable but full of great flavors. Enter: Quinoa Salad with Shrimp, Goat Cheese, and Olives (Andie Mitchell). Also, I love that Andie refers to quinoa as the Beyonce of things to put in bowls. YES.
Racy Strawberry French 75 (Heartbeet Kitchen). Since I’m currently pregnant, I can’t indulge in this gorgeous version of one of my favorite cocktails, the French 75. You had better believe I’m bookmarking it for a trial as soon as I have this baby! I didn’t want to withhold the possible goodness from ya’ll, however, so someone pleeeeeeease make it and tell me what I’m missing.
Layered Chocolate Pudding Dessert with Salted Pecan Crust (A Farmgirl’s Dabbles). While I’m skipping cocktails for now, I do get a few extra calories each day to indulge thanks to my growing baby and I’m thinking today’s will be spent on a slice of this pudding dessert from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. It reminds me of a dessert my mom made growing up. So good.
I love making new salad dressings at home. They always elevate even the most basic salad to something that feels a little decadent. I’m going to try this Honey Lemon Vinaigrette with Whole Grain Mustard for lunch today. (Pook’s Pantry)
And finally, because well, these just sound way too good to leave out: Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookie Truffles (Fearless Dining). Um, yes please. I’ll take 5. Or 10. Or the whole batch.