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Summer Time White Gazpacho

 

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Well its definitely summertime in NYC. Hot and humid, that sounds about right. Even though it does feel a tad bit early this year- I’m not complaining!

When it’s hot and muggy out, my body craves cool, raw, clean and refreshing foods.

A dish that will help to remove toxins and clean the blood, giving an overall feeling of lightness and a cooling effect.

Smoothies, juices and salads are no brainers, but I feel like people often forget about soup. As lets face it, it’s usually served hot. But in hot climates such as Spain and many Mediterranean countries, cold soups are very common on the summer menu.

I like the idea of this “white” gazpacho, as it is full of protein and Vitamin E thanks to the almonds and gives an impression of richness due to the color and creamy looking texture.

So simple and easy to make, all of the ingredients are raw,  so you can just pop everything into a blender and lunch or dinner is ready in about 5 minutes.

 

Ingredients:

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1/2 cup raw almonds (if you feel you have trouble digesting almonds, you can soak them in bowl of water for 24 hrs, drain and then use)

Handful of fresh cilantro

Pinch of dried oregano

½ lemon juiced

1 cucumber, peeled

1 yellow pepper

1 garlic clove

1 handful of green grapes

1-2 cups of water (you decide how thick or thin you would like it)

Sea salt to taste

For Garnish:

Few slices of avocado

Sprinkle of sliced or crushed almonds

Sprig of cilantro

And drizzle of very good quality extra virgin olive oil

2+ servings

 

Instructions:

 This is the super easy part: cut up everything very roughly and pop into blender with water. Whizz away and you’re done!

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Good to Know:

Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E, manganese, biotin, and copper. Almonds are a good source of magnesium, molydenum, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus. Fortunately, although one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 11 grams of fat, a sizable portion of it (7 grams) is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

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NOT your boring Pasta Salad- to go!

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I LOVE pasta! I don’t care what anyone says 🙂 There is a time and place for it, this I will admit. Preferably lunch time, so you can burn off the calories from the carbohydrates throughout the day and as for place, pasta in pasta salad should have a supporting role. I like to have equal amounts of veggies as I do pasta, to keep a good balance of nutrients.

It’s finally summer here in London and a great way to get some fresh air, enjoy the sunshine AND save some money, is to picnic in the park for lunch. I have these great little BPA free reusable containers, with the fork and knife built in the lid, I just fill them up, grab a blanket and off I go!

Be creative with what you have. This was a mid-week lunch made with veggies I found in my fridge. Lots of different flavors will work, so you can substitute depending on what you have at home.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups dried good quality pasta, I like penne or fusili for pasta salads, cooked al dente
  • handful of sugar snap peas
  • 1 heirloom tomato (if you can)
  • 1 small head of endive
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 can of artichokes
  • 1/2 tbsp of chopped fresh oregano (dried can be substituted)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 small garlic clove raw
  • 1/4 cup of grated good quality parmesan cheese (or a veggie substitute or for vegans, try some toasted pine nuts or pumpkin seeds)
  • drizzle of good quality olive oil
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated lemon rind
  • sea salt and freshly cracked pepper (you could also try some red pepper flakes if you want some heat)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil for your pasta, cook for 10 min until al dente, drain and plunge into a bath of ice water to cool and stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
  2. Wash and chop all the veggies into bite size pieces, the peas I left whole.
  3. In a large bowl, add your pasta, fresh ingredients and lemon rind. Top with the parmesan cheese (or toasted seeds/nuts) and add enough olive oil and s&p to taste. Mix together well.

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4 steps and you’re done! Pack into lunch containers and head to your special spot for a healthy, homemade, inexpensive lunch under the sun.

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Picnic Lunch: Quinoa Salad with Roasted Squash and Sweet Potato, Feta Cheese and Toasted Seeds

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Finally it’s warm (and dry!) enough in London to sit outside in the park for lunch. I love having picnics, it reminds me of my childhood- eating finger foods, lounging on the grass, out in the sunshine.
Also, bringing your own lunch to work is a great way to save money, eat healthy and save calories (restaurants are concerned primarily about taste so in goes the butter, oils, fats, sugars and salts to make the food taste great). Cooking for yourself enables you to control all of that.

I found these great little lunch boxes that are BPA free and even have the utensils right in the lid, making them perfect for picnics.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of rinsed organic Quinoa
1 cup of water with veggie stock (optional)
1 cup of diced squash and sweet potato (mixed)
1 small zucchini diced
1/2 yellow pepper diced
1/4 cup of organic low fat feta cheese
2 tbsp of toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds (mixed)
Small handful of parsley
1 tbsp of fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp of smoked paprika
1/2 lemon, juiced
Extra virgin olive oil, good quality
S&P

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Instructions:

1. Add the rinsed quinoa to a pot plus the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 20 min.
2. Turn the oven to 250 degrees C.
3. Add all of your diced veggies in a large bowl, add in the thyme, oregano, paprika, s&p, and a good drizzle of oil. Toss around and spread on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 min.
4. This dish can be eaten warm but if you want more of a salad, once the quinoa and veggies are cooked, let them cool down. Once cool (or kept warm) add back to the large bowl to incorporate.
5. Add in the feta cheese, chopped parsley, toasted seeds, a drizzle of good quality olive oil and lemon juice. Toss well. Ready to serve!

Quinoa is really high in protein and Gluten-Free, making this a gluten-free meal that will give you enough energy to make it through the day 🙂