Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta
4 ears of corn, husked
4 small zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds), thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandoline
8-10 zucchini blossoms, torn into large pieces (optional)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces feta, crumbled (about 1 cup)
Cook corn in a large pot of boiling salted water until bright yellow and tender, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate and let cool.
Cut kernels from cobs and place in a large bowl. Add zucchini, zucchini blossoms (if using), basil, parsley, oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with feta.
Do ahead: Corn can be cooked 1 day ahead. Cut kernels from cobs; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.
Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes
This is such an easy summer side dish! Below is my basic method. See the notes for lots of variations!
4 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
2 cups baby tomatoes
1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt (or, to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper (or, to taste)
In a large bowl, toss zucchini and tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and stir to coat. Stir in balsamic vinegar, and add a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Spread veggie mixture out onto a baking sheet. Roast at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes, or until you’ve reached your desired doneness (30 minutes will give you a more crisp-tender texture, while 45 minutes will give you some caramelization on the tomatoes that I like)
Fresh herbs: after roasting, stir in 1-3 Tbsp of basil or cilantro.
Dried herbs: add 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp oregano to the vegetables along with the salt and pepper.
More veggies: add 1 diced onion, or 1 diced bell pepper, or 8oz of halved button mushrooms (or any combination!) to the mixture.
Old Bay: add 1/4-1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning to the vegetables before roasting.
MANGO GINGER KALE GREEN SMOOTHIE
My NEW favorite green smoothie that requires just 5 ingredients and is inspired by Jamba Juice! Tart and sweet thanks to kale, lemon, ginger, peaches, and mango! Super refreshing, detoxifying, and nourishing.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Category: Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
1 cup ice
2 cups (~ 60 g) kale, packed, fresh or frozen (organic when possible)
1 cup (165 g) ripe frozen mango cubes (organic when possible)
1 cup (150 g) ripe frozen peaches (organic when possible)
1 Tbsp (6 g) minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 - 2 lemons or limes, juiced (~1/4 cup or 60 ml)
1 1/2 - 2 cups (360 - 480 ml) filtered water
optional: 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup (depending on sweetness of fruit)
Add ice to the blender first and crush. Then add kale, mango, peaches, ginger, lemon juice (starting with 1 lemon (2 Tbsp or 30 ml) and working your way up) and 1 cup water (240 ml) to start. The amount of water will depend on how many of your ingredients are frozen.
Blend until smooth, only adding water a little at a time as needed, and scraping down the sides/mixing as needed.
Once well blended, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If too tart, add more fruit or a little maple syrup (optional). For more zing, add ginger. And for more acidity, add more lemon juice. To make it thicker/colder, add more ice. Blend as needed.
Divide between two serving glasses and enjoy immediately. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Spicy Mango-Basil Paletas
Prep 20 m
Ready In 14 h 20 m
Recipe By:Danielle Walquist Lynch
"These Mexican ice pops are stimulating and refreshing at the same time."
3 mangos - peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 limes, juiced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1 mango, peeled, seeded, and diced
Blend mango chunks, basil, lime juice, cayenne pepper, and salt in a blender until smooth; pour into a large bowl. Stir sugar into mango mixture until sugar dissolves. Fold diced mango into mixture. Pour into freezer pop molds.
Freeze until firm, 14 to 24 hours.
Apple Tuna Salad Sandwich
Author: Countryside Cravings
1 5 oz can tuna packed in water, drained well
1/2 cup chopped apple about 1/2 an apple
1/3 cup mayonnaise full fat, reduced fat or fat free
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
4 slices toasted bread or 2 croissants if making a sandwich
In a large bowl combine all ingredients except bread. Stir well to combine. Divide equally to make 2 sandwiches. Tuna salad can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Parmesan Zucchini and Corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 zucchinis, diced
1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
1/2 teaspoon fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, or more, to taste
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add zucchini, corn, basil, oregano and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in lime juice and cilantro.
Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan.
Creamy Broccoli & Celery Soup
Make this creamy, hearty and vitamin packed broccoli & celery soup that will help you stay healthy. We all know that a bowl of warm soup can do wonders! It boosts your energy, warms up your body and supplies it with nutrients. This soup is also perfect for those who plan to detoxify their body.
Servings: 5 Portions
Calories: 100 kcal
500 g Fresh Broccoli (1.1lb)
4 Celery Stalks
1 Large Onion
30 g Unsalted Butter (1oz)
2 tsp Salt
Pinch of Black Pepper
1 liter Vegetable Stock / Water
In a medium pot melt the butter. Add roughly chopped onion and sauté for 3 – 4 minutes.
Meanwhile wash and roughly cut broccoli and celery. Use all parts of broccoli including the stems. Throw the broccoli stems and celery in the pot. Pour in 1 liter of vegetable stock / water. Season with salt.
Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low-medium, cover with lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
Now add the green parts – florets to the pot and simmer for a further 10 minutes or until the broccoli has soften.
Turn off the heat and puree it until smooth using a hand blender.
Taste and season with black pepper and some more salt if required.
Serve in a bowl garnished with a handful of croutons (optional).
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If using water, add vegetable stock cube for extra flavor.
MANGO AND BASIL SPARKLING SPRITZER
COURSE: DRINKS CUISINE: AMERICAN PREP TIME: 30
MINUTES COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 40 MINUTES
SERVINGS: 6 PEOPLE
CALORIES: 95 KCAL
A fresh tasting spritzer drink for the summer. Mango puree with a basil syrup makes this a sure winner for any summer parties you might have.
FOR THE SYRUP
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup apple juice
1 large bottle sparkling water
In a pan, add the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for around 10 minutes and the mixture has slightly thickened.
Add the basil leaves and let soak for at least an hour or overnight for maximum flavor.
Peel the mangoes and detach the flesh from the center stone.
Add the mango flesh to a blender and then add the apple juice.
Blend until smooth and thick but pourable, if it's too thick just add a little more apple juice.
Combine 2 cups of puree and the bottle of sparkling water in a large pitcher.
Add about 3/4 cup of the syrup and taste.
Serve cold over ice.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
Corn & Broccoli Calzones
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2007
These calzones are stuffed with a summery combination of corn and broccoli, but you can use whatever you have in your fridge. Part-skim ricotta and mozzarella make our pizza pockets lower in saturated fat. Plus a whole-wheat crust adds a nutty flavor and extra fiber. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.
Nutrition profile Bone Health , Diabetic Appropriate, Ageing Heart Healthy, High Calcium, Low-Calorie, Low Sodium
1½ cups chopped broccoli florets
1½ cups fresh corn kernels, (about 3 ears; see Tip)
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
cup part-skim ricotta cheese
4 scallions, thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
All-purpose flour, for dusting
20 ounces prepared whole-wheat pizza dough, (see Tip), thawed if frozen
2 teaspoons canola oil
Active 30 m
Ready In 45 m
Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 475°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
Combine broccoli, corn, mozzarella, ricotta, scallions, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Place a generous ¾ cup filling on one half of each circle, leaving a 1-inch border of dough. Brush the border with water and fold the top half over the filling. Fold the edges over and crimp with a fork to seal. Make several small slits in the top to vent steam; brush each calzone with oil. Transfer the calzones to the prepared baking sheets.
Bake the calzones, switching the pans halfway through, until browned on top, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.
Tips: To remove corn kernels from the cob: Stand an uncooked ear of corn on its stem end in a shallow bowl and slice the kernels off with a sharp, thin-bladed knife. This technique produces whole kernels that are good for adding to salads and salsas. If you want to use the corn kernels for soups, fritters or puddings, you can add another step to the process. After cutting the kernels off, reverse the knife and, using the dull side, press it down the length of the ear to push out the rest of the corn and its milk.
Look for balls of whole-wheat pizza dough at your supermarket, fresh or frozen and without any hydrogenated oils.
Healthy Heart Variation: To reduce saturated fat even further, use nonfat ricotta in place of the reduced-fat ricotta. 334 calories, 2 g saturated fat
Celery Apple Salad
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups thinly sliced Honey Crisp apple
2 cups sliced celery
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup sliced red onion
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients. Add apple and remaining ingredients; toss.
Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats
2 medium zucchini
2 garlic cloves
1 medium tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes