The back-to-school bells may have rung but I're not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. This easy, homemade pesto pasta celebrates the season's most delicious and colorful produce… with a twist! Enjoy it warm as an easy weeknight dinner or cold as a refreshing summer salad that's loaded with protein, fiber and vitamins.
Three Naturally Amazing Summer Salads
Heat waves, beaches and bathing suits. Salads are in order this time of year, and a little French's Mustard can go a long way.
Watermelon & feta cheese salad
A refreshing, healthy complement to traditional Independence Day dishes. Enjoy this salad this Fourth of July and beyond. Happy Fourth, friends!
I just came back from another amazing week in Peru, most of which was spent in Cusco visiting my client, the JW Marriott Cusco. I, of course, overindulged, realizing today that I had dessert with breakfast, lunch and dinner all week long. Yikes. Alas, what else is a girl to do when she's visiting one of the best countries in the world to eat? Eat, take notes and come home to share the best of what I learned with you. Once again, our group went behind the scenes of the kitchen at Pirqa, the JW's main restaurant, where Chef Rely showed us how to make authentic Peruvian ceviche. His recipe called for trout, a common ingredient in the Andes. I opted for salmon, which I found fresh at my local grocery store. You can use whatever fish you love. In any case, it was light, fresh, and healthy -- exactly what I need to kick off a healthy week.
Carpe Diem Crab Cakes
I had yet to find crab cakes like the ones I had in a tiny town in Maryland, an hour or two away from DC, until I made my own. To me, there's nothing like a good crab cake. And how do you know when it's good? When all you can taste is the sweetness of the crab with no fillers like breadcrumbs or mayonnaise to ruin the party. Why do I call these Carpe Diem crab cakes? A recent blog post I wrote for IMUSA has the answer.
Capricciosa Pizza.... mmmm. Sweet and briny artichoke hearts, salty ham, the sweetness of fresh, ripe tomatoes and ooey, gooey cheese, all over a thin, crispy, nutty, whole grain crust--it's one of my favorites. How to indulge in these flavors without having to dial my local pizzeria? Turn it into an easy weeknight pasta.
Maple Mango Frozen Yogurt
I can finally justify buying the ice cream maker I wanted for so long. The first few recipes I tested were a complete mess, with my test subjects (who are coincidentally no longer in my circle of friends) saying it tasted like frozen sour cream. With half of a deliciously ripe mango sitting in my kitchen and the ice cream maker punished in a cabinet (it took me five minutes to remember where I put it), I decided it was time to give it another go. And it worked!
I love me some guacamole, especially in the summer, when avocados are in season. I'm not talking about the small, baseball-sized, Hass avocados. I'm talking about the huge, football-sized, bright yellow on the inside, buttery avocados that drop from my sister's tree like 10-pound coconuts. I decided to add a twist with basil, sun-dried tomatoes and a drizzle of jalapeño oil. The only bad idea was not having anyone over to share the goodness with; I can't stop myself!
It took me a while to come up with a name for this one, and this is best I could do. It's a frittata meets quiche meets pie, and my new favorite thing. I eat eggs for breakfast everyday, usually an omelette, and thought, why not make one huge egg dish (a.k.a a frittata) and have a slice every morning. And then I remembered I had a little bit of pie crust in the fridge. This was the result.
Easy Plum Tart
Here is easy, peasy, fool-proof dessert, made with just four ingredients. You can easily swap the plums for apples, pears, or apricots, and it would be just as good. Sure, pie crust is involved, but it's very thin, and no extra butter is added to the recipe. Add a nice scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream or fro-yo while it's still warm, and you're golden.
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I'M LUISANA - A PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL, WORLD TRAVELER, RECIPE DEVELOPER, AND RELENTLESS EATER. JOIN ME AS I DISCOVER THE KEY TO DELICIOUS LIVING, ONE HEALTHY RECIPE AT A TIME.
Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, counselor, personal trainer, doctor, or any other healthcare related professional. I do not mind giving advice or suggestions, but please keep in mind that I have NOT been trained in these fields. If you ask me a question I will answer it to the best of my ability.