After a long cold winter, warm weather is finally here! In honor of the warmer temperatures and the delicious fruits and vegetable that will be available along with them, here are some fresh and (mostly) healthy recipes to brighten up the warmer months.
Caprese Sandwich with Tomato Pesto—
An updated version of the grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.
•1 large tomato
•1/2 cup parmesan cheese
•30-45 leaves of basil
•1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
•3 garlic cloves
•Salt and pepper to taste
•1/2 loaf ciabatta bread (you can really use any kind of bread but ciabatta's my favorite for this one)
•2 balls of fresh mozzarella
•10 leaves of basil
2.Place tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil and seasonings into blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add cheese and pulse until combined.
Note: This makes a lot of pesto. You can use it for pasta, bake it into bread, use it for other sandwiches, etc. It should keep in the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for about 3-4 months.
To assemble Sandwich:
1.Slice ciabatta loaf in half lengthwise.
2.Spread a bit of pesto on both sides of the bread.
3.Place basil leaves and mozzarella on bread and close the sandwich.
4.Optional: Place sandwich on oiled grill pan, panini press, or griddle and cook until both sides of bread are toasted and cheese is melted.
Strawberry Chocolate Icebox Cake—
A simple but delicious way to cool down on a hot summer day.
Because mango salsa is just a little too
Blackberry Mint Lemonade—
Now this will spice up that old lemonade stand! Lemonade is the quintessential refreshing summer beverage and this recipe yields a lot (about a half-gallon), so keep this in the fridge in a pitcher to have something delicious to drink for a while.
1.Combine sugar, water and mint in a saucepan. Place on medium heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
2.Add berries to mixture and simmer for four minutes. Take syrup off heat.
3.Allow syrup to cool completely before straining through a sieve.
To assemble lemonade
1.Add simple syrup, lemon juice and water to a pitcher and stir until thoroughly combined.
With these new recipes, you can have a refreshing and satisfying summer meal that won't widen your waistline. Enjoy!
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