Make This Now: Summer Favorites

We only have a few weeks left of summer and I’ve noticed that “oh my god, time’s running out!!!” mentality creeping into my daily thoughts.  I try to combat these freak outs by remembering there’s still a few summer days left, plus a whole lot of summers to come in this life.  Oh and taking a deep breath, because that always helps 🙂

Still, I’m doing my best to suss out the priority summer recipes.  Oldies but goodies that I meant to make all summer but just now got around to and new recipes that I was SO EXCITED about when I originally came across them but then left on the back burner almost to the point of forgetting them altogether.  Here’s the best from both categories!

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Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli

Would you even believe that creamy deliciousness is vegan?  I know, it doesn’t even seem possible!  I made a half batch of this and ended up having to add a bit more oil and water to get it to blend up, so my advice to you is to make the entire batch.  After tasting it, I totally wish I had!  It was the best grilled corn we’ve had this summer.

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Creamy Kale and Mushroom Quesadillas

Never underestimate the power of a quesadilla!  Especially this one that involves double cheese, mushrooms and kale.  It’s mega-creamy and utterly delicious.  Also, there’s vegetables in there so: healthy.  It’s science.  I’m only kinda kidding when I say I spend all day thinking about this recipe when I know I’m going home to make it for dinner.

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Lightened Up Summer Granola

I don’t know what makes this “summer granola,” but I know I’m taking it all the way back to 2011 with this one.  It’s almost always in my pantry!  The best part is that there are no hard and fast rules here.  Sometimes I use a tablespoon more applesauce or a tablespoon less maple syrup and I always always always switch up the nut butter/chopped nuts I use.  Whatever I have on hand!  And I’ve never ended up with a bad batch, which can only mean this recipe is magic.

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Spaghetti with Tomato and Walnut Pesto

Universal Truth: Food cooked for you always tastes better.  Here I was, watching the Olympics, thinking I was the happiest I could be, when Joey set this bowl of beauty down in front of me.  WHOA!!!  Not only did he plate this to perfection but it tasted SO INCREDIBLE.  Don’t be put off by the anchovies, they make the pesto.  This is the epitome of fresh.

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Pistachio-Yogurt Sauce

First, you make your own falafel but then you really up your game by making a delicious yogurt dip to go along with them.  My marbling skills could still use some work, but that pistachio paste was better than I had even imagined when I was drooling over the recipe photo.  I want to dip EVERYTHING in this stuff!

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California Turkey and Bacon Lettuce Wraps with Basil-Mayo

This recipe mostly caught my eye because it was the dead of summer and it didn’t involve turning on the oven but then it ended up blowing me away!  I mean what’s not to like about bacon, avocado, turkey and fresh tomatoes?  That basil mayo pulls the whole thing together so well.  We just made these again last week and the second impression was just as good as the first.

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Cobb Salad in a Jar with Buttermilk Ranch

This is our lunch this week and I know we’re only two days in, but this thing is majorly good!  There’s a reason Cobb and Caesar are on most restaurant menus and it’s because their tastiness stands the test of time.  The dressing is really easy to make and since this came from a website called “Skinnylicious” I’m going to assume it’s good for me.  Mostly it’s just really delicious though.

Weekend Things

You know when you’re just minding your own business, doing things like bottling your very own kombucha, or harvesting patty pan squash from your very own garden and then you remember “I never posted about last weekend!!!”??  Or is that just me?

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It was chilly and rainy on Friday so when Joey suggested we see a movie, I was like “BRILLIANT!”  I had been wanting to see Captain Fantastic for weeks and it was playing at our favorite theater so it was a no-brainer.  There was a line outside the ticket booth and I’ve never seen that happen before!  My thoughts on the movie could be a post in itself but I’ll just be brief and say SEE IT!  It was so beautiful and thought-provoking.  We absolutely loved it.

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Saturday involved pancakes, a mid-morning run, a trip to the Farmers’ Market (where I bought thee best peaches I’ve ever tasted and I’m not even exaggerating!) a quick trip to the grocery store so I could make this pistachio-yogurt sauce (TO DIE FOR) and basically just working my entire day around the men’s 10m diving events.  We ended the day at the annual “Zehnder Bash.”  I drank something greenish from an unmarked drink dispenser, so that’s where I am in life.

Right now, I’m realizing how hard it is to put together the details of stuff that happened five days ago and mostly thinking “is that what we did on Saturday??” 

On Sunday, Joey and I grabbed breakfast sandwiches and Bloodies at Port Side then chilled out till I left for Girls Day with my mom and sister.  We walked over to Base Coat — my mom had never been and we wanted her to experience the pure bliss! — and got our nails done.  Just know that my sister picked my polish color and it’s called “Brunch.”

Back at home, I real quick made some graham crackers for s’mores (that I still haven’t actually made…) then tackled a quick dinner of BLT lettuce wraps and grilled corn with Crema and it was easily the best corn we’ve had all summer.  Then we watched the Closing Ceremony and cried and cried because “4 MORE YEARS!” has a totally different and sad meaning when you’re talking about the Summer Olympics.  Actually, we laughed when the Japanese Prime Minister Mario-ed himself out of that giant tube, but then straight back to crying.

Now it’s Thursday and another weekend is almost upon us!  Can’t be sad about that.  What last minute summer plans do you guys have??