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This Week's Memorial Weekend Recipes

The following recipes are coordinated with the ingredients in this week's Organic Fruit & Vegetable basket, and are perfect for a Memorial Day gathering, or to prep for a busy week ahead.

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ENTRÉE (Main Course)

Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Yogurt-Sumac Sauce

(makes 8 mini burgers)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins


For the burgers:

1 pound ground turkey, light or dark meat

1 large zucchini, coarsely grated

3 scallions, thinly sliced

1 large egg

2 tablespoons chopped mint

2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

olive oil, for greasing the pan

8 mini hamburger buns

For the yogurt sauce:

1 cup Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons sumac-

If you don’t have sumac ( Given its tart, acidic flavor, sumac is best substituted with lemon zest, lemon pepper seasoning, lemon juice, or vinegar.)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


1. In a large bowl combine first 9 ingredients. Mix well. With dampened hands form the mixture into burgers about 1 inch thick. You can do small slider size or regular size burgers.

2. In a large saute pan or stove top grill over medium, add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and add the burger patties. Cook burgers 3-4 minutes on each side for small slider burgers or 5-6 minutes on each side for larger burgers. 3. Place all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. 4. Place the burgers on buns and top with the yogurt-sumac sauce.

Side #1

5-Minute Macadamia Cheese + Vegan Crudité

Creamy macadamia nut cheese and hummus served with roasted and fresh vegetables! The perfect 30-minute plant-based snack or appetizer.

PREP TIME8 minutes

COOK TIME22 minutes

TOTAL TIME30 minutes



4 medium whole carrots (tops removed, cut in thirds, large portions halved // organic when possible)

2 medium beets (carefully sliced into 1/4-inch rounds // organic when possible)

1 Tbsp avocado oil (or sub water)

1 healthy pinch each sea salt + black pepper


1 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts (or cashews // soaked for 1 hour in hot water)

2 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, plus more to taste

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)

1/4 - 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley or cilantro (optional)


5-7 medium radishes (organic when possible // halved or sliced)

1/2 medium cucumber (sliced into thin rounds // organic when possible)

Sprouted or roasted nuts (optional)

Hummus (DIY or store-bought) or baba ganoush (DIYor store-bought) (optional)

Gluten-free crackers (I also like Mary’s Gone Crackers brand)


If roasting vegetables, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use more baking sheets if making a larger batch.

Once preheated, add carrots and beets to the baking sheet and drizzle with oil (or water), salt, and pepper. Toss to combine and arrange in a single layer. Bake for 17-22 minutes or until slightly golden brown and tender.

In the meantime, make your "cheese." Add macadamia nuts to a food processor or a high-speed blender along with lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, sea salt, and lesser amount of water (1/4 cup or 60 ml as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Mix/blend, scraping down sides as needed. Then add more water 1 Tbsp (15 ml) at a time until a thick paste forms. I find I get the best texture results with a food processor, but in a pinch, a blender can work too. It just generally requires more scraping and more liquid.

Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for cheesy flavor, salt for saltiness, lemon juice for acidity/brightness, or garlic powder for garlic flavor. Blend again to combine. If adding herbs, add at this time.

At this point, the "cheese" is ready to eat! But it's better after chilling. Transfer "cheese" to cheesecloth (or a thin, clean towel) and rest over a fine mesh strainer set over a mixing bowl. Twist the top of the cheesecloth so it forms a loose ball. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, up to 24-36 hours. The longer it chills, the firmer the "cheese" will become.

Once vegetables are roasted, assemble crudité platter with macadamia "cheese," vegetables, hummus (optional), and any other desired sides. I personally loved the roasted vegetables with a drizzle of tahini and maple syrup then dipped in the nut cheese - swoon!

Best when fresh. Store leftover nut "cheese" in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Serves 2 as an entrée, 4-6 as an appetizer.


*You can also use store-bought to save time! I like Kite Hill and Treeline brands. *More hummus recipes: Golden Goddess Turmeric Hummus, Roasted Jalapeno Hummus, and Garam Masala Hummus. ttps://

Side #2

Slaw with Rosemary Dressing

Fresh, delicious vegetable slaw with a garlic rosemary tahini dressing! Packed with nutrient-rich vegetables and fruit with cleansing benefits and tons of nutrients. Just 20 minutes required for this incredibly healthy side, snack, or salad base!

PREP TIME20 minutes

TOTAL TIME20 minutes

Servings (1 cup servings)



3 cups green cabbage (shredded)

1 bulb fennel (stems and fronds removed)

1 small apple (honeycrisp or similar)

2 stalks celery

1 small beet

2 large carrots

1/2 cup fresh cilantro and/or parsley (finely chopped)

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar


1/2 cup tahini (use raw tahini to keep this recipe raw)

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp freshly minced rosemary

4 cloves minced garlic

3 Tbsp coconut aminos

1/3 cup water (plus more as needed)

1 Pinch sea salt


Prepare fruit and veggies for the slaw by thinly slicing on a mandolin, finely grating with the grating blade of a food processor, or using a sharp knife.

Add all vegetables and fruit to a large mixing bowl and top with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Toss to combine and set aside.

To prepare dressing, add all ingredients (except water) to a small blender, food processor, or medium mixing bowl. Blend or whisk to combine. Add water until a pourable dressing is achieved.

Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more garlic for zing, lemon for acidity, apple cider vinegar for tanginess, or rosemary for herbal flavor.

Add dressing to slaw and toss thoroughly to combine. Enjoy as is or add to salads, to bowls, or atop veggie burgers. Store leftovers covered in fridge for up to 4-5 days.


*Feel free to adjust fruits and vegetables based on seasonality.


Rustic Peach Tart

PREP TIME 45 mins

COOK TIME 40 mins

TOTAL TIME 1 hr 25 mins

SERVINGS 8 servings


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter very cold, cut into small cubes

1/3 cup water ice-cold, plus additional 1–2 Tbsp as needed


1 1/2 lbs peaches skin-on, pitted and cut into ½" slices

1/4 cup sugar

1 Tbsp lime juice

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 pinch salt

2 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into small pieces


1 egg well beaten (for egg wash)

1 Tbsp apricot preserves

1 tsp water


To make the crust, combine flour, salt and cold butter cubes in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times until cubes become the size of peas. Transfer the flour mixture to a large mixing bowl and add ⅓ cup of ice-cold water. Stir gently, adding additional water if necessary, until dough forms a ball that is moist, but not sticky. Remove dough and wrap it with plastic wrap then shape into a round disk. Chill in the fridge at least 45 minutes.

Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough from the fridge and place on a floured work surface. Roll the crust into a circle 14–16" in diameter, dusting with flour as needed to prevent sticking. Roll the dough around the rolling pin (to prevent dough from cracking) and lay it out flat on the baking sheet.

To make the filling, toss the sliced peaches, sugar, lime juice, cornstarch and salt in a large bowl until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Spoon the filling into the center of the crust, leaving a 2" border all the way around. Fold the crust over the filling then brush some egg wash under any dough that overlaps—it’ll help the folds stick to one another. Dot the top of the filling with butter then brush the entire surface of the crust with the remaining egg wash.

Bake 20 minutes then rotate the pan and bake an additional 20–25 minutes. When the crust is golden brown and the center is piping hot and bubbly, remove the tart from the oven.

Stir the apricot jelly and hot water together to create a glaze then brush over the filling. Allow the tart to cool just long enough for the filling to set. Cut into wedges and serve warm.


Any summer stone fruit such as nectarines, plums or apricots work great with this recipe!

Meal #2

Entrée (Main Course)


Although I’m too stuck on the yummy filling of creamy queso fresco to try anything different, I bet these grilled zucchini boats will also be tasty filling with chili, ground beef, or refried beans and cheese!

Serves: Makes 8 halves


Spice mix:

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt


4 large zucchinis

Olive oil

2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons mayonaise

1 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese

Chopped fresh cilantro

Lime, cut into wedges


Mix all the spice mix ingredients together and set aside.

Preheat the grill to medium heat.

Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the zucchini seeds, making a boat. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle each generously with the spice mixture.

Place each zucchini cut side down on the grill. Grill about 10 minutes without turning until the zucchini is well marked. Flip and grill another couple of minutes on the other side until lightly marked. Remove to a serving platter.

While zucchini is grilling, mix the cheese and yogurt in a small bowl. Divide the cheese mixture evenly between the boats. Garnish with cilantro and sprinkle with lime juice.

Side #1

raw broccoli & bean salad



3 cups chopped organic raw broccoli

1 cup organic canned dark red kidney beans ( we use Eden Organic)

½ cup chopped organic hearts of palm (we use Native Forest)

½ cup organic frozen corn, thawed

1 small red bell pepper, diced

Sophie's Dressing


2 tbs of eggless mayo (we used Earth Balance mindful mayo)

1 tbs coarse ground mustard ( we used grey poupon)

1 tbs brown mustard

3 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice

⅛ tsp pepper

½ tsp sea salt

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp agave nectar


Put all the ingredients in a glass jar, close the lid and make sure it's tight.

Shake it until all ingredients are combined and you obtain a creamy smooth dressing.

The dressing is done.

Keep refrigerated.


Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing right before serving and toss well Enjoy!

Not a big fan of raw broccoli? Throw it in a large pot of salted boiling water for a couple of minutes until "al dente" (slightly soft, but not mushy!)