• Food,  Recipes

    Summer Risotto with Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil

    Got extra summer produce? Try this fresh and delicious vegan summer risotto with corn, tomatoes, and basil. It’s velvety and creamy without any dairy due to the starches in the short-grain Arborio rice. This dish needs a bit of tending to, but the results are worth it! Visual Instructions for Summer Risotto Start by gathering your ingredients and doing the prep work for them such as warming the broth and chopping the vegetables. Soffritto Melt the vegan butter over a large pan on medium heat. Once it starts to bubble, add the onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Cook until the edges of the onion…

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    Vegan Caprese Salad

    Vegan caprese salad, the perfect quick and easy summer appetizer or side salad!There are typically only three main ingredients: tomatoes, basil, and cheese.Each coinciding with one of the colors on the Italian flag. 🇮🇹 Since there are so few ingredients, freshness is key to making this simple dish absolutely delicious! Tomatoes 🍅 If you’re growing tomatoes in your garden, you’re gonna really see their flavor shine with this recipe.If you don’t grow tomatoes and don’t have a friend/family member/neighbor who is, then please try to go to a farmer’s market for some fresh tomatoes. It really makes a difference! Otherwise, I suppose you can settle for the ripest tomatoes you…

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    Summer BBQ 2019

    I wanted to share some photos of a few dishes I brought to a 2019 summer BBQ. Who said vegans couldn’t participate in the summer celebrations? Check out the photos below for some summer BBQ inspiration. I wasn’t hosting the party, but I sure did bring enough for everyone to eat! Grilled Corn It’s easy, cheap, and everyone loves it! Make it vegan with Earth Balance instead of traditional butter. Add a spritz of lime and a dash of chili powder for extra zing! Mushroom Steaks For when you want something a bit “meatier” than just veggies.Marinate the mushrooms in balsamic vinegar and garlic, then grill and top with chimichurri.…

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    Cucumber Salad

    Need a quick and easy summer recipe? Try out this simple, delicious, and refreshing cucumber salad. It’s a great way to keep cool when it’s hot out. Plus, you get to use up all those extra cucumbers from your summer garden! My mom has always made variations of this salad for me while I was growing up. I think she was inspired by a sushi restaurant that we regularly frequented which had a similar salad, sunomono salad. Read on to see detailed instructions on how to create this delicious cucumber salad! Visual Instructions for Cucumber Salad Ingredients 2 cucumbers, preferably from your garden half of a large red onion rice…

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    Summer Garden 2019

    Spring has come and gone, and it’s time for me to share with you our 2019 summer garden! Plot Preparation Since we already had a nice sized plot from our spring garden, all we did to get it ready for summer was: cut down the spent crops, re-till the land, and clean up any weeds that were leftover. This took only one evening of work and then we were ready to sow some seeds. Starting from Seed For our summer garden, we returned to our local independent garden store to buy seeds. Instead of buying the commercial Botanical Interests seeds, we purchased the local Wyatt-Quarles seeds. They were much cheaper,…