As the summer season slowly comes to an end (booo!), the farmers markets are full of amazing produce (yay!). Take advantage of these flavor and nutrient packed foods while they last. They require only simple preparations – a simple tomato salad with lots of fresh basil, grilled zucchinis and bell peppers tossed in olive oil or a delicious and light ‘pasta’-like dish with noodles made of zucchini tossed in lots of freshly made pesto! If you’re feeling extra frisky – why not cook up a big batch of the tasty vegetables to freeze or can to enjoy later.
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We all know that vegetables are the best foods you can eat for optimal health -- but what about the nightshade vegetables? The first time I heard the word “nightshades” mentioned in a nutrition class, I had no idea what they were -- I pictured someone wearing sunglasses in the dark! Turns out, nightshades are a classification of vegetables that includes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers of all kinds (except black pepper).
One of my favorite weekend activities is visiting my local farmer’s market first thing Saturday morning. Not only do I love supporting the farmers but I can actually taste the difference. My meals are fresher and taste better than when I buy them at my local supermarket. Each week, I stock up on vegetables based on what’s in season to use in a big soup. It’s perfect for lunch, a snack or even an appetizer before dinner. It takes a bit of time to chop the vegetables and roast them, but it makes enough for several meals. Today I even made a delicious salad with some of the extra roasted vegetables by adding nuts, avocado and a little olive oil for lunch.
It's official. Summer is drenching us with sunny warmth, longer days, and lots of reasons to avoid being boxed in by walls and roofs. It also means it's grilling season—and vegan grilling is a worthwhile pursuit. Anyone can plop a piece of meat onto a grill. But vegan grilling takes finesse. Call it skill. Are you thinking: "What's so difficult about plopping a veggie burger on the grill?" Nothing. But why limit yourself to a burger?