Here's a round-up of some of the recipes that go on rotation in the summer.
We love anything that we can do on a grill and this eggplant dish is definitely one of them. The eggplant can be cooked in the oven, OR, we usually pop it on the BBQ and it's so delicious as you get such great flavour this way.
If all you want to do in the summer is eat salad, well I can relate. I love to roast up chick-peas until they are super crisp and then toss them on my salads along with the usual handful of sprouted sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This recipe from the Washington Post is the best I have found. Slower roasting is great. I do it in my convection oven at 300°F for 45. minutes, stir halfway, and then leave them to sit in the oven until cool. Perfect and crisp every time. - Do make sure they are really dry before putting in the oven.
I made pita-breads the other day and popped the roasted chickpeas in there along with shredded cabbage, carrots and some tomatoes tossed with mint and then a tahini sauce poured all over and it was all very delicious.
Other additions to it could be this sunflower seed pate that slices so easily for a sandwich.
This recipe for a summer salad that can pack into a picnic basket is right up our alley. It's got cashews in it!
The salad pictured here is one of my favourites, it's a bed of lettuce with corn sliced off the cob, as well as kidney beans, cabbage, avocado, and chopped boiled potatoes as well as farm fresh eggs from our amazing farm friends in the Fraser Valley. There's lots of fresh garden herbs in there, as well as some lemon juice and lemon paste, the same paste used in our grilled eggplant dish above, along with olive oil and a bit of balsamic dressing. So simple and so delicious. I make lots of everything to and then can easily whip up the salad when I want!
Heading out and need some snacks to share but don't want to spend a lot of time making something? Try these candied almonds with sesame seeds.
Or if you have a bit more time on your hands, these super simple chocolate walnut cookies whip up quickly and are delicious.
If all you want to do is eat carrots and veggies straight out of the garden and snack on crackers, these seed crackers are relatively fast to make, adaptable and delicious.