These are some favorite personal recipes that are just simple, summer fresh cooking… not elimination or true Paleo friendly, but still tasty ways to use up an abundance of fresh veggies from the garden.
These are also a big hit when company comes. I don’t have measurements for all of these because I always just eyeball it and every creation is its own unique version of delicious.
Crumbled hamburger, cooked (turkey, grass-fed beef, or bison)
Bubbie’s fermented dill relish
Dijon or yellow mustard
Salad dressing of choice
Top with warm burger
Dress the salad and enjoy!
Tips: Try different dressings and toppings to mimic the same flavors you enjoy on a burger. A sun-dried tomato vinaigrette can help approximate ketchup, and a creamy Annie’s Goddess dressing helps to stretch the mustard flavor without over-salting. If these options won’t work for whatever reason, olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper are remarkably tasty. If you prefer a cheeseburger and you tolerate cheese, top with some shredded, grass- fed cheddar.
Crumbled coconut crisps (suggestion – Dang from Whole Foods, found in or near the bulk aisle)
Combine salad ingredients in whatever ratios you prefer.
Toss with the dressing and serve immediately.
Tip: If you need to put your salad together in advance, put the dressing on the bottom of a salad bowl, next add your berries, then put the greens and crunchies on top. Toss only when you’re ready to serve. This buys you time and avoids soggy greens and coconut crisps!
Persian Lime infused olive oil (2 parts)
Coconut infused white vinegar (1 part)
Honey ginger infused white vinegar (1 part)
½-1 tsp cinnamon (to taste–optional)
Combine dressing ingredients in a sealed jar and shake thoroughly.
Tip: Remember, you can always add more cinnamon, but you can’t take it out!
Tip: I have found the most important part of the dressing recipe is the flavor-infused vinegar. Just mix equal parts plain olive oil with a fruit- or other flavor-infused vinegar and shake!
Red, yellow or orange bell peppers, sliced into strips
Zucchini, sliced into strips
Cherry tomatoes, halved
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Hummus and salad dressing of choice
Reserve cherry tomatoes and zucchini to add partway through the cooking process
Toss remaining veggies in olive oil and spread out on a cooking sheet
Sprinkle with salt
Roast at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring 2-3 times, and adding tomatoes and zucchini about halfway through
Add to salad and top with several tbsp of hummus and dressing
Add some roasted chick peas or lightly toasted nuts for crunch. Top with chicken or fish or serve those on the side. Try Tessamae’s salad dressing from Whole Foods–made with olive oil and 100% natural ingredients. Beet hummus adds color and flavor depth. Add some chopped raw cucumbers, tomatoes or other veggies to amp up the antioxidants and switch up the flavors. Other veggies that are nice for roasting if you have them: green beans, asparagus or green onions. Keep in mind that green beans take longer to roast than asparagus and stagger their additions to the mix accordingly. Changing up the contents keeps the flavors fresh!
1 can chopped tomatoes, and a few fresh if you have them
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp fresh minced rosemary
2 tbsp fresh chopped basil
1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp oil
Other seasoning to taste
Put sausage, oil, garlic and onion in a large, deep skillet and cook, stirring often until sausage is cooked through.
Meantime, chop up veggies into bite sized pieces.
Add all ingredients to skillet except basil. I like to add peppers first for a few minutes, then eggplant, since these take a bit longer to cook. This prevents overcooking of the other veggies.
Once veggies are cooked to desired consistency, add basil and remove from heat. Allow to sit covered for 5 minutes then serve.
This was delicious ladled over some lemon hummus, spinach and cooked quinoa. You could also layer over zucchini pasta, cauliflower rice or similar. Mushrooms and olives would also go nicely in this recipe if they’re on hand!
1 pound ground meat (ground chicken, lamb, beef, turkey, venison all work well here)
1 large spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 large chocolate (or red, yellow or orange) pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 8 ounce package of mushrooms, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
Large handful fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp dry Italian herb blend
2 tbsp oil of choice
Salt and pepper to taste
Place halved spaghetti squash cut side down on baking sheet and put in oven at 350 for approximately 30 minutes (check for doneness by piercing skin with a knife–when knife easily punctures skin, it’s done)
Place all vegetables in skillet with oil and stir over medium heat until slightly crunchy
Add minced garlic, fresh basil and any other fresh herbs you may have on hand that will go well
Continue stirring over medium heat until the herbs are slightly wilted
Add spaghetti sauce and dry Italian herbs and reduce heat to simmer until spaghetti squash is done
Once squash is cooked through, remove from oven and using a fork, scrape and fluff squash as you remove from skin
Top with sauce and enjoy!
If not avoiding dairy, top with goat or parmesan cheese for a flavor boost. It’s also nice to top with more fresh basil. Adding olives is another nice touch to this recipe.