Preserving and Cooking with Blueberries

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Blueberries are in season!

I love the sweet flavor that bursts into your mouth when you bite into them. If you are blessed to live near a blueberry patch, now is the time to harvest and preserve them. I went blueberry picking a few weeks ago and brought home 12 pounds! My only regret is that I didn’t have time to pick more.

The taste isn’t the only thing blueberries have going for them; they are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants like Vitamins C, A, E, K, B12, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. That’s just naming a few!

Because of blueberries’ antioxidant power, they may help prevent cancer-causing cell damages of the body. It is thought that the pterostilbene (another antioxidant) found in blueberries helps to lower cholesterol. These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other amazing health benefits found in blueberries.

Join me at Frugal Granola to learn the basics to preserving and cooking with blueberries! 

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Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

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Summer is in full swing! As July moves into August the temperatures are going to keep rising.

Lemonade is the iconic drink of summer. Who doesn’t have happy memories of sitting on the porch after playing hard all day as a child with a glass of lemonade at your grandma’s house?

Forget the powder mix. Instead, imagine a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade with a hint of lavender! Lavender lemonade has a gorgeous pale purple color from steeping the lavender flowers.

Lavender is a wonderful addition to a summer drink because it helps you relax and calm your nervous system. Raw honey adds the right hint of sweetness with that is actually good for your body! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, local raw honey can ease allergy symptoms.

Lavender lemonade with raw honey is the perfect way to kick back any afternoon this summer!

Join me at Modern Alternative Health to learn how to make this herbal summer treat! 

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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Thai Chicken Fried Rice

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Savory grains of rice are mixed with fresh summer vegetables, tender chicken, and spicy basil.

Thai chicken fried rice is the perfect dish to enjoy anytime, especially in the summer when gardens are bursting with zucchini, bell peppers, string beans, and basil, all of which make up this dish.

I am a huge rice fan. Part of that comes from living in Mexico for ten years where I ate it almost every day. The other part is simply because rice is pretty tasty. It helps that rice is an excellent way to stretch pricier items like meat. Even now that I have been State-side for over two years I crave rice if I go more than a few days without eating it.

Rice is the humble staple of many cultures. Whether it is Arabic rice, Chinese egg fried riceJamaican rice and peas, or a savory miso rice congee, rice is an integral part of life. It is the substance that keeps many people going.

Unless it is necessary for me to go grain-free I don’t see my kitchen ever going without rice.

Thai is one of my weakness when it comes to picking a restaurant to eat at. If I could, I would eat it out at least once a week but that is not exactly budget friendly.

Thankfully over time I have started to learn how to recreate some of my favorite dishes, like yellow curry or Kimi’s simple Thai broth. It was only a matter of time that I finally broke down to create a Thai chicken fried rice that satisfied my cravings.

This Thai chicken fried rice is a combination of three of my favorite restaurants in various parts of California.

Join me at The Nourishing Gourmet for this recipe and a few tips! 

Thai Chicken Fried Rice

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Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad

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Pasta covered with fresh pesto, and mixed with summer veggies make this dish a must have at your next BBQ this summer.

Until a couple years ago, I was not a pasta salad fan. I stayed as far from it as I could. Gloppy mayo and bottled dressings never enticed me to try more than a bite.

One day when I was looking through For the Family’s recipes I found my friend Tiffany’s (AKA Don’t Waste the Crumbs) delightful garlic butter pasta salad. Just the title grabbed my attention, what is not to love? Garlic, butter, and pasta are always a win in my book.

Guess what? I realized that I was putting pasta salad in a box and treating it with an aversion that it didn’t deserve. Will I be lining up at the next pot-luck to eat a “traditional” pasta salad? No, I still won’t but it opened my eyes to the tasty options that were possible.

Fast forward to last month. My little sister’s wedding reception had just ended. We all piled in our cars to have an “after party” at my parent’s house because that is the only sane thing to do right? My uncle, got the grill going and my cousin Stacy (check out her TravelTote) made two AMAZING salads.

One of the aforementioned salads was a pesto pasta salad. It.was.so.good! I knew that I had to recreate it. My version ended up being different than her’s since I left out the mozzarella and pine nuts because well pine nuts aren’t budget food and I’m not a cheese fan.

This version suits my fancy quite well, it is full of summer vegetables, garlic, basil, good fat, and salt. What’s not to love?

Random fact, did you know that in Baja California, tamales are served with pasta salad? 🙂

Fresh Pasta Pesto Salad

8oz corkscrew pasta
2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup basil, cut*
1/2 cup fresh pesto
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Cook pasta until done. Drain and set aside.

While the pasta is boiling, cut the tomatoes, pepper, onion, and basil*.

*Roll a few basil leaves up together like a cigar. Thinly slice and proceed with the remaining leaves.

Mix the salt and red pepper flakes into the pesto. Coat the pasta with the pesto mixture.

Toss the pesto pasta with the chopped vegetables and basil.

Chill until you are ready to serve.

Pesto Pasta Salad
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Ingredients
  • 8oz corkscrew pasta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup basil, cut*
  • ½ cup fresh pesto
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta until done. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, cut the tomatoes, pepper, onion, and basil*.
  3. *Roll a few basil leaves up together like a cigar. Thinly slice and proceed with the remaining leaves.
  4. Mix the salt and red pepper flakes into the pesto. Coat the pasta with the pesto mixture.
  5. Toss the pesto pasta with the chopped vegetables and basil.
  6. Chill until you are ready to serve.

 

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

Creamy and sweet, with a hint of spice. Thai satay peanut sauce is perfection on a spoon.

Thai satay peanut sauce is obviously used for dipping chicken satay but it used along side other Thai dishes like fresh rolls as well.

I was first introduced to peanut sauce when I went to a Thai restaurant (I may have mentioned it oh, a few times…) with a good friend (check out her brewery). As I dipped my fresh roll into the sticky sauce I knew that I had discovered one of my favourite sauces.

Over ten years later and that has not changed a bit. What has changed is the multiple batches of peanut sauce I have made until I settled on this gem. It really makes me happy. I may have sent a message and picture of my scribbled notes to my friend to let her share in my victory.

One may beg to differ that this recipe is not 100% authentic, I will grant them that, it’s not. I didn’t want to roast and grind the peanuts myself (that’s what peanut butter is for). I also sadly did not have tamarind paste, (nor the desire take a treck to the Asain market) so decided to use apple cider vinegar to achieve the tang I was looking for. Yet, I do think that is is very close to the beloved original I was first introduced to.

Other Thai Dishes and Sauces to Enjoy:

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 can full-fat coconut milk
3/4 cup palm (coconut) sugar
1-2 TBS red curry paste (adjust to your preferred spice level)
2 TBS soy sauce or tamari
2 TBS apple cider vinegar or tamarind paste

Add all the ingredients to a sauce pot. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

Set aside and allow to cool.

Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for at least one month.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of sauce.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 2½ cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¾ cup palm (coconut) sugar
  • 1-2 TBS red curry paste (adjust to your preferred spice level)
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a sauce pot. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Set aside to allow to cool.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for at least one month.