Summer and food!
Ok, let summer now begin! Even in these different times and adjusting to what is happening (or more likely not happening), we can find ways to just be in the sun, and create our summer the best we can.
For many, that means even more fresh, fun, and easy foods!!
One of my favourites for summer patio evenings (or mornings), is key lime avocado chia pudding. Yes!
Those 3 items right there is enough to make a day happy.
It’s fresh, slightly sweet, and so refreshing. There are many versions of this, below is just one.
One of my other favourites in the summer is watermelon mint feta “salad”. Again, just a few ingredients and you have something special.
Recipes are below or search for similar ones if you want different ingredients. Just give them a try - all of these items can be found with a simple trip to your local Quality Greens market. Enjoy!
KEY LIME AVOCADO CHIA PUDDING
1 cup coconut water
1 can coconut milk, 13.5 ounces
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 small ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1 Tablespoon lime zest, from 2 limes (use regular or key lime if you can find it)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from 3 limes (2 are the same ones from above)
pinch of sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup hemp seeds
OPTIONAL: 1 cup baby spinach, used for color and extra boost and you won’t taste it
Blend everything except the seeds in a blender on medium speed until well blended and smooth. Stir in the chia and help seeds by hand. Spoon into dishes - maybe 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup each serving size. Let sit in fridge for 2 hours before eating to thicken up. Keeps for up to 4 days in the fridge, but it won’t last that long.
WATERMELON MINT FETA SNACK
12 cups cold whole seedless watermelon, cut into bite size cubes
1.5 cups feta cheese, crumbled into small bits
1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 limes, fresh squeezed
1.5 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
Whisk together in a small bowl olive oil, lime juice, salt and black pepper to create the dressing.
Please the watermelon and mint, into a large bowl, add dressing and toss slightly. Sprinkle the feta right on top and serve. Best if eaten within an hour of creating.
Have a great week!