Shaved Pear Salad with Peach Mango Goat Cheese, Fresh Mint, Purple Basil and a White Balsamic Raspberry Vinaigrette

Shaved Pear Salad with Peach Mango Goat Cheese, Fresh Mint, Purple Basil and a White Balsamic Raspberry Vinaigrette

This is the perfect summer salad made up of sweet pears sliced paper thin, tangy peach and mango goat cheese, refreshing fresh herbs, and a slightly sweet, slightly tangy dressing of white balsamic and raspberries. To make the dressing, combine white balsamic raspberry blush vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon pepper sea salt seasoning and whisk. When shaving the pears, use a vegetable slicer at its 1/32″ setting for the perfect, paper thin slices. Julienne the mint and basil, add crumbled peach and mango goat cheese and drizzle the homemade dressing on top. Serve immediately.

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Grilled Halloumi and Watermelon Salad with Fresh Mint and Lemon Pepper Sea Salt

SAM_4940Halloumi cheese is perfect for summer cookouts and BBQ’s because of it’s high melting point, making it the perfect cheese to throw on the grill. Halloumi is a very salty cheese that pairs perfectly with watermelon and mint. Rosemary and basil are also great herbs to use with this salad. Throw in a couple twists from the lemon pepper sea salt grinder and you have the perfect side for your cookout. Enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Curried Tofu Taco Lettuce Wraps

Sweet and Spicy Curried Tofu Taco Lettuce Wraps

With ingredients like hot Jamaican yellow curry, cooling cucumber and mint tzatziki sauce, Asian slaw and sweet pineapple- these tacos are infused with flavor that’s bursting at the seams! And they’re gluten free! The Hot Jamaican Yellow Curry Hot Sauce used in this recipe from my good friend, Cowboy George, at Blaze Gourmet, will have you running home crying for yo momma. That’s where the fresh mint leaves and tzatziki come into play. Without them, you might really run home crying to yo momma.

Also, follow these tips on how to freeze and thaw tofu to achieve the best texture and flavor. Don’t skip this step. It’ll give you the best tasting tofu you’ve ever had!

What you will need:
oil for sauteing
1 lb extra firm tofu
1/2 c yellow curry sauce (I recommend Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry Sauce)
1/4 c Blaze Gourmet Hot Jamaican Curry Hot Sauce
Asian coleslaw (you can buy this prepackaged at just about any grocery store. Most of them already have the Asian slaw dressing included. If not, look for an Asian ginger salad dressing)
canned pineapple tidbits, drained

tzatziki sauce
red onion, sliced
fresh mint leaves
romaine lettuce leaves

First, follow these tips on how to freeze, thaw and drain tofu. Crumble the tofu into a scrambled egg consistency and fry in a greased frying pan over medium heat, letting the tofu get crispy on the outside. Mix the two different curry sauces in a bowl and add to the frying pan, making sure to coat every piece of tofu in the sauce. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, mix together the ingredients for the Asian slaw. Then, start filling your romaine lettuce leaves, starting with tzatziki, then the curried tofu, Asian slaw, red onion, pineapple tidbits, and mint leaves. Serve with tequila for your next Taco Tuesday night!

Creamy Blackberry, Watermelon and Mint Chilled Soup

Creamy Balckberry, Watermelon and Mint Chilled Soup

I hadn’t really dabbled in chilled soup until just a few months ago, and I had no idea what I was missing. Chilled soups are lighter than smoothies and typically a little less filling. They’re great for any meal, too! Makes about 2-3 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:
food processor
12 oz blackberries
12 oz watermelon
about 15 mint leaves, give or take
1 c vanilla yogurt
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
juice of 1/2 of a lime

Toppings:
ground cinnamon
goat cheese
chia seeds

In food processor, combine all ingredients (besides toppings) and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls and serve with the toppings of your choice. Other possible toppings: yogurt, feta cheese, granola or fresh blackberries.

Cucumber, Dill, Celery, Mint and Lemon Infused Water

Cucumber, Dill, Celery, Mint and Lemon Infused Water

It’s the end of July and it’s hot out, so what’s better than a tall, refreshing glass of ice water? A tall refreshing glass of INFUSED ice water! Here’s just one simple recipe to get you through those hot, muggy days.

What you’ll need:

Pitcher
1-2 lemons
1/2 of a cucumber
1 celery stalk
a generous handful of dill
a generous handful of mint

Slice the cucumber and lemon and throw into a pitcher with your mint, dill and celery. Fill to the top with water and put it in the fridge to infuse overnight. Drink within two days.

Other great combinations:
Strawberry, lemon and basil
Blackberry, raspberry, lemon and mint
Orange, banana and mint
Strawberry, kiwi, lemon and basil

The possibilities are endless! Use your favorite fruits and herbs and see what kinds of natural vitamin water you can come up with!

Chilled Blueberry, Banana and Mint Soup

Chilled Blueberry, Banana and Mint Soup

Experimenting and having fun with food is what I love to do. I rarely follow a recipe exactly how it’s written and I encourage you to do the same with this recipe!

What you will need:

A food processor
1lb. blueberries
1 large banana (you can always use 2, or 3, or however many you’d like)
1/4 c almond milk (or milk, or soy milk)
1/8 c brown sugar
1/8 c balsamic vinegar or to taste
mint leaves (about 7)
juice from 1/2 of a lemon
cinnamon to taste
salt to taste

Toppings:
chia seeds
goat cheese
mint to garnish

Chop the banana into sections and throw all ingredients into the food processor and blend. Let the soup chill for at least an hour before pouring into bowls, then top with chia seeds, goat cheese and mint leaves and serve! Perfect as an after dinner dessert or a mid-day treat to enjoy with friends.

This recipe can be made vegan by leaving out the goat cheese. Other possible toppings include french vanilla yogurt, granola, or whole blueberries. See what ideas you can come up with!