Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Simple Summer Foods

Summer is my favorite season for several reasons. First, I usually teach and work less in the summer and love being able to spend more time with my boys. I have about a week to go before things will slow down a lot, and I can’t wait!

Second, there is nothing better than fresh summer produce. This year, we are growing cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers, and I love throwing together quick meals with homegrown produce and local ingredients from the farmers’ market.

One of  my favorite summer meals is a “summer salad.” I don’t measure anything and use what I have on hand, so the salad turns out a little different each time. Plus, it gets better with time, so I always make a huge bowl, and we have a fresh salad ready to go for several days. It’s just so much easier to eat really fresh and healthy foods in summer!


Summer Salad
Ingredients
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Corn (I use fresh, raw, organic corn whenever possible; otherwise I use canned organic corn)
  • Black beans (I frequently cook beans in the slow cooker; when I don’t have any, I use canned organic black beans)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Equal parts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Optional Add-Ons:
  • Edamame
  • Bell peppers
  • Jalapenos (for some heat)
  • ???? – be creative!


My favorite fruit this time of year are cherries (no pictures), and I’ll be very sad when the season is over.

My main form of exercise is still walking in addition to some body weight exercises, sprinting, barre classes and some yoga. I try to be as active as possible, but I am not as “obsessive” as I used to be at times in the past, something I like about getting older… Here are some photos from some recent family hikes:

June hikes

Questions: What’s your favorite in-season fruit and vegetable at the moment? Cherries and tomatoes for sure. What simple summer foods have you been cooking/preparing lately? What’s your favorite form of exercise at the moment? 

Be well,
Andrea

22 comments:

  1. Love those photos! I am digging grilled veggie kabobs with red onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms, and yellow and green squash on them, brushed with melted coconut oil and just a touch of Penzey's Foxpoint sprinkled on them. Yum! And any
    'kitchen sink' (everything tossed in) kind of fresh garden salad.

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    1. Thanks, Gwen! Your veggie kabobs sound wonderful! And fresh salads are the best!

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  2. peaches and tomatoes for me! :)
    I've been making salads and sandwiches more lately

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    1. I'm somehow not that drawn to peaches, but when I do eat them and they are perfectly ripe, I love them! :)

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  3. Simple summer foods for me = grilled onions & salmon!

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  4. Summer hasn't really started here meaning that it hasn't been very hot for special Summer dishes.

    My favorite exercise is walking, especially in Summer. At least when it's not too hot, not good for me but more: not good for Bella, the streets are too hot then for her feet.

    And my favorite Summer fruits are strawberries and cherries. I love tomatoes and various salads most for food in Summer.

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    1. I hope you and Bella get to go on many of your beautiful walks this summer, Fran!

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  5. I love salads with fresh fruit added. That tastes like "summer" to me. Have a wonderful day Andrea!

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    1. I haven't added fruit to salad in a long time. I used to make a spinach salad with strawberries. I'll have to make it again! Thanks for the reminder, Roz! :)

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  6. Beautiful & yummy eats!!!!! I love it! I love seeing your walks on IG too!!!! I love all the summer stuff! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jody! Summer is awesome! :)

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  7. I just love fresh veggies period. And I love that in the summer time you can get strawberries so cheap. That reminds me I need to wash the ones in the fridge. That salad looks really good:)

    Leslie
    www.weight4baby.com

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    1. Yes, affordable produce is awesome!

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  8. Your salad looks so good, I wish I were eating one right now! I'm intimidated by growing vegetables but we might try at our new house since the yard is so big. In the meantime, farmers market, yay!

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    1. Thanks, Stacie! And growing your own veggies is fun (usually). Give it a try! :)

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  9. Oh, and I mostly hike and lift weights now too. My obsession with intense cardio is gone, and that's ok with me.

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    1. I truly think too much intense cardio can lead to lots of problems...

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  10. I love all the summer fruits and veggies. This week it's been the peaches from the farmer's market - so sweet and juicy!

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  11. Ranier cherries are our favorite summer fruit - although that season is short too - maybe only a few weeks in August - and they are worth the $$!

    I got in 13000 steps yesterday! Last day at the restaurant, which was bitter sweet, but at least I got my steps in!

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    1. Yes, Ranier cherries are awesome! I definitely think cherries are splurge-worthy! :)

      Great job on the steps yesterday! I'm sure a new, better door will open soon! :)

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