I thought I would share some of the things that I am LOVING this summer. I want you to share some of your "loves" in the comment box too. I would love helpful hints and tips too. Like did you know if you put 2 paper towels in your salad bags, they will last up to 2 weeks? Life changing huh?
So, right now I can't get enough of sweet potato chips (or fries for the American readers). I am trying to be more healthy and lose a few lbs and this is something that is just darn right DELICIOUS and good for you. All you do is peel and cut 4-5 sweet potatoes, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle some sea salt & pepper then toss to coat evenly. Cook at 425 degrees for about a half an hour until tender. I make a spicy mayo to go with it when I am not dieting and the spicy and sweet make the perfect companionship.
I love my Pampered Chef Bar Pan. It is seriously so AWESOME. I can cook yummy pizza's using zucchini and herbs from my garden, then make cookies or brownies that are perfectly cooked. No more touch chewy sides on the brownies. It makes it all soft and delicious through out. It is life changing. I mean it too. I use it for everything.
Now my next "love" is something I can't live without now. It is a Vitamix. If you have ever been to Jamba Juice, this is what they use to blend their smoothies. Or on the Food Network, all the chefs are always using one of these blenders. I sold a few paintings and saved up for this baby and seriously, it is the best money I have EVER spent. This thing makes the best smoothies, fresh nut butters, creamy ice cream out of frozen fruit and a bit of low fat milk yet it is creamy and delicious. It can make hot soup. Yes... hot!! You leave it blending after you have put in your fresh ingredients, and it cooks it. I made some tomato soup that was to die for. I will throw a WHOLE apple, some carrots, spinach, strawberries and a few frozen bananas and a tad of apple juice and my kids think they have had the best smoothie ever, little do they know that I just fed them tons of fruit and veggies. I also add flax seeds and you can't taste it. It grinds them up so fine. You can grind up wheat and make your own flour too. LOVE it!!!
My 2 yr old has been very sick this last week and would not eat. I blended up some frozen blueberries and watermelon then added a cup of yogurt and she ate it all. It was so good. I took a picture for y'all because it was so pretty :)
We spotted our first cucumber and now they are popping up like crazy.
It is a bonding experience for our family and inspiring not only for me, but for my children who are learning where our food comes from and how to eat nutritiously and organically.
So there you go, just some of my summer loves. What are yours? What tips can you all share with me and my readers? I hope your summer is treating you right.
xo Emily xo