I am OBSESSED with summer fruits and vegetables right now. Just obsessed. I feel like I can't consume enough leafy greens, sweet summer corn, juicy peaches and tangy blueberries. While I have always leaned a little vegetarian, I have never craved summer produce quite like I am right now and I have to be honest, it's really quite fun. The best part is that you can't really over-indulge on things like kale and tomatoes or carrots and squash. You can literally eat as much as you want! How great is that?! It's only natural that this addiction of mine would manifest it's way onto my blog here, which is why this week's "What's for Dinner" post highlights all these current obsessions. While this meal is vegetarian, meat-lovers will get their fill from the heartiness of the fritters, and kids won't even realize that they are eating good-for-you vegetables, so it really is a meal to please all palates. I hope you enjoy this plate of food as much as I did!
Another simple, fresh meal for you this week. I can't help myself! I just want to eat simply-prepared, fresh ingredients and spend as little time in the kitchen cooking or washing dishes as possible. I know you agree with me! This week, I return to an old favorite - salmon. I just don't prepare salmon enough for myself, although I cook it almost weekly for my meal-prep clients. In fact, I truly love it when the meals I cook for my clients inspire me to cook better for myself, too. Hopefully, the inspiration train will continue on to you as well! While salmon provides the anchor, the salad ingredients provide the flair, and I love how all the textures of this dish comes from the creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, snappy cucumber and red onion, and juicy orange segments. All you need, right in one bowl! But my favorite thing about this meal is that it's not just for dinner. Cook up extra salmon and enjoy it throughout the week, for the easiest meal that keeps on giving. Enjoy!
This week's post feels a little like cheating. There is very little cooking that goes into this flatbread meal, but what I lack in recipe detail I hopefully make up for with inspiration. Flatbreads are a great way to combine everyone's love for pizza with your favorite summertime ingredients, which is what I did here in two very contrasting combinations. The first is a popular favorite - tomatoes, basil and ricotta. Hard to go wrong with those flavors, am I right? The second is a little more out-of-the-ordinary - bbq sauce, goat cheese, cherries and arugula - but the pairing of sweet and savory is what makes it extra-ordinary! (Hahaha - see what I did there?) Anyway, feel free to use these ideas as guides, keeping in mind the most important part of dinner this week - enjoying fresh food you love without fussing too much in the kitchen. And have fun with it, 'cuz it's summer and we just can't take mealtime too seriously. Enjoy!
Hi! I'm Emily, and this is the official blog of Guest Chef, my personal chef and catering business serving Metro Detroit. As much as I love to cook for people, I also love inspiring others to cook great food for themselves and their friends and family. Which is why I share recipes, tips and inspiration here. Follow along and let's cook something great together!