Meatless Mondays

So I don’t have a new meatless recipe to share with you.  Instead I’m going to be lazy and link back to an old post.  Since it’s summer and the farmers market appears to be opening everywhere, I figured I’d link back to an oldie but goodie (and one that I always reference to this time of year).  I’ve been buying tons of seasonal produce lately (in an attempt to be eating healthy for my growing belly).  Asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, cherries, tomatoes, etc.  I would buy these ingredients even if I wasn’t pregnant right now but I’ve also been craving them.  The fruits make such great sweet or savory salads.  Take a look at my post from last summer.  Alone or in a salad they’re refreshing, tasty and good for you.  Enjoy!

fruit salad

Peaches.  Plums.  Strawberries.  Raspberries.  Blackberries.  Watermelons.  Tomatoes.  Summer fruits.  So delicious and so delicious in salads… and I’m not talking about fruit salads (which are delicious).  I’m talking about savory salads.  That combination of sweet, sour, and salty are HEAVEN.  Here are a couple of my faves this summer which you can make an easy vinagrette to pair with them.  Olive oil, vinegar of your choice OR citrus of your choice, and s&p.  For more flavor, add some herbs like mint, basil, parsley or cilantro.  These are my go to’s for when I want something light and refreshing, especially in this summer heat.

  • Watermelon, Mint, and Feta.  For easy entertaining you could put on skewers and drizzle dressing over the top or make the dressing into a dip.
  • Watermelon, Tomato, Basil, and Feta.  You could also skewer these as well.
  • Tomato, Mozzarella Balls, and Basil.  Again, you could make these into skewers.
  • Peach or melon and prosciutto.
  • Strawberry (or any kind of berry), arugula or spinach, feta, and almonds.

  •  Peach, prosciutto, mint, feta and tomatoes.  PACKED with flavor.

  • Cucumber, tomatoes, and feta.  If you want it more Greek-esq add some red or green bell pepper.
  • Peach and tomato with cilantro.
Last summer,  Emily posted about summer salads with a link from the New York Times of 101 simple salad recipes.  It’s been a go to link since then (even when it’s not summer and I need some quick sides for dinner) and even though they’re REALLY simple you can build on to the recipes (which is what cooking is all about), which are some of the recipes I’ve shared up above.  Of course, you don’t want to muddle with the recipes TOO much because these are supposed to be light refreshing dishes.  They’re not meant to weight you down.

The Dressing Room – twirling

For my lunch break on Fridays I typically go to the Farmers Market Downtown.  Buy some of the local seasonal fruit and grab a bite to eat.  Usually I’ll grab some nectarines and peaches (both white and yellow), plums, strawberries, herbs, and some aromatics.  It’s been a while since I’ve cooked up some leafy greens, so I knew I wanted to buy Swiss Chard, but they didn’t have any.  However the Rainbow Chard caught my eye.

Another thing that was new this week and hasn’t been up in previous weeks are figs.  I’ve had them in salad and with cheese but I haven’t tried to cook with them, so I’m going to challenge myself and look around for some recipes to make something with these.  Hopefully whatever I make it will turn out successful.

I love going to the Farmer’s Market and looking at all the fresh produce grown locally.  Something about going every Friday reminds me of when my mom used to go when we lived in Vallejo.  I love fruit.  I have to have fruit in the house or I just feel guilty and unhealthy.  I guess my mom taught me well.  So going to the farmers market is a treat and a stroll down memory lane.  Look at everything I purchased for $13 (some organic, some not).

I’m really looking forward to what I can spruce up with the butternut squash.  I have some pancetta and I’m hoping to make some butternut squash pancetta risotto.  I had some at an Italian restaurant in the UK and it was so DELISH.

Since it’s still pretty warm during the day, I decided to wear a dress.  I’ve been in jean shorts lately that I wanted to change it up.  So I pulled this dress.  

Dress:  Tag says Overboard
Belt:  Vintage yellow fabric from mom’s closet too
Shoes:  plain no brand black flip flops
Earrings:  Sterling Silver black studs
Necklace:  Tiffany Loving Heart

My mom purchased this dress when I had just hit puberty.  That’s about 15+ years ago.  I remember wanting to borrow this dress from her in middle school so bad but couldn’t because spaghetti straps weren’t allowed in school.  But the straps weren’t even that thing.  MEH.  And when I could wear it outside of school I got a bit heavier where the dress would no longer zip up (I was semi-big girl in high school.)  About three years ago I started looking around in her closet.  She doesn’t wear some of her old stuff so I figured something would interest me because she has so many blazers and I desperately needed some for work.  I came across this dress and tried it on and it fit.  It was a smidge snug in the waist but it zipped up and I wasn’t gasping for air, so I took it home with me.  I ended up wearing it for lunch on my 25th birthday with a red belt.  But you know what I LOVE about this dress more than anything (warning I’m going to sound like a girly toddler)… it TWIRLS.  It sways.  It billows out when you turn.  I love circle skirts and dresses they just remind me of a simple time and just bring out the kid girl in me.  The dress looks a tad flamenco-ish in the following pictures but it’s not!  Don’t you just love a good twirling dress?