End of Summer: A Simple, Fresh Meal

IMG_5247This is the kind of meal that personifies summer.  It’s light, fresh and simple.  It relies upon the best ingredients available because there are so few of them.  It’s easy but heart satisfying.  While I look forward to the root vegetables, hearty greens and warming foods that symbolize fall, I must first say goodbye to summer.  This was one of those goodbye meals.

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Roast Vegetable Caprese Salad with Capers

IMG_4403I eat caprese salad at least once a week in summer when tomatoes are fresh.  It’s one of my favorite foods.  It tastes like summer on a plate.  It’s light but filling, cool and easy to prepare when the weather is hot.  Every once in awhile though I like to switch it up.  This was one of those attempts and I’m sure glad I tried it.  Roasted eggplant, zucchini and peppers are topped with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and capers.  The whole salad is then tossed with a caper vinaigrette.  A lovely summer meal!

 

What is your favorite summer meal?

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Orzo with Roast Summer Veggies and Feta

IMG_4474Awhile back my aunt made Ina Garten’s Orzo with Roast Vegetables as a side dish with dinner.  Light and lemony, it was perfect for summer.  I decided to make a version of this dish as a main dish the other night.  I added in more veggies and changed the recipe a bit but the concept remains the same.  A bowl of this orzo and a glass of rose are perfect for a hot summer night.

 

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Roast Chicken, Peach, and Avocado Salad with Yogurt Dressing

IMG_4395I went to my favorite market in Paris yesterday.  The one I wrote about HERE.  I was so happy to see all the summer fruits and veggies (tomatoes!!!) and a brought home a whole slew of favorites.  Amongst them was a perfectly ripe avocado, a few peaches, a head of fresh, young lettuce and half of a roast chicken.  You know how the idea of a meal starts to form in your head as you shop?  That’s what happened to me.  I thought of this epic salad and went home to make it.  Luckily it live up to the idea in my head.  Next time it’s hot and you don’t want to cook, make this instead.  It’s fast, easy and so delicious!

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Summer Pasta with Zucchini Ribbons and Cherry Tomatoes

IMG_3694Zucchini is an interesting vegetable.  I feel like it changes its flavor by cutting it in different ways.  With pasta, I really like zucchini ribbons.  Sautéed very briefly they retain a bit of their crunch and add a nice texture.  I like to make easy summer pastas with sauces that require barely any cooking if any.  This is the kind of dish you can throw together in a flash and it is healthy, fresh and bursting with flavor.  What is your favorite summer pasta?

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London Days and Ottolenghi

IMG_3844I’m not a huge fan of British food.  Sorry!  I am however a big fan of some of the diversity of the London food scene.  Craving Malaysian roti canai?  Got it.  Want a real taco de carnitas? Done.  One of my favorite spots in London is Ottolenghi.    The chef and author, Yotam Ottolenghi, wrote one of my all time favorite cookbooks, Plenty.  I love his unusual combinations and fresh flavors.  When I am in London I make sure to stop by one of his delis.  I know it will be the best meal I have while I’m here.  Keep reading for the items I picked up this time.  Perhaps they will inspire you (as they have inspired me) to try something new in the kitchen!

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