Grilled Shishito Peppers Recipe – Organic Authority

shishito peppers recipe

This barely spicy grilled shishito peppers recipe will brighten up your menu all summer long. These peppers are healthy, easy to eat, and VERY easy to make. All you need is lemon, salt, and a heat source.

These peppers work best on a hot grill but can also use a very hot frying pan with a bit of oil. Shishito peppers are native to Japan and are prized for their mild flavor. Unlike other sweet pepper varieties like bells, shishito peppers are small and delicate. They resemble a jalapeño pepper in size but are much lighter in color and have an almost shriveled appearance. Because the actual walls of the body are so thin, shishitos are very light. It’s best to cook them whole with the stems on and instruct your guests to each pepper in two bites, seeds and all, right down to the stem. Make sure you have bamboo skewers on hand and that you have pre-soaked them.

You can often find organic shishito peppers at farmers markets and at Japanese markets. They are delicious charred on their own or dipped in a citrusy soy sauce called ponzu (which you can find in most health food stores or a Japanese market).

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Grilled Shishito Peppers Recipe

Serves 6 as an appetizer

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  • 1 lb. shishito peppers (about 20 peppers)
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt
  • 5 bamboo skewers
  • 1/4 cup ponzu sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a charcoal or gas grill.
  3. Pierce each pepper through the center with the skewer so that 5-6 peppers stack on each skewer.
  4. Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until charred.
  5. Squeeze lemon on top and add a pinch of salt. Serve with ponzu sauce.
  6. Alternate method if you don’t have a grill: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat.
  7. Add the peppers in a single layer to the skillet and fry for about 3 minutes, then stir so the peppers char on all sides.
  8. Cook for a total of 8-10 minutes, remove from pan, squeeze lemon juice on top and add a hearty pinch of salt.
  9. Repeat until all peppers are cooked.

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7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Summer Tomatoes (#3 May Surprise You!)

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Is there anything more deliciously evocative of summer than the rich flavor of heirloom tomatoes? When those first summer tomatoes come into the farmer’s market (or, if you’re lucky, right off the garden vine), it can be tough to think of any way you’d enjoy them more than sliced with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil.

But as summer marches on, it’s fun to get a bit more creative with your summer tomatoes. Here are seven of our favorite recipes to inspire you!

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1. Simple Summer Gazpacho

This cold Spanish soup is a great way to feature summer staples: not just summer tomatoes but cucumber and red bell pepper. The chilled soup is thickened, not with bread, as in traditional recipes, but rather with hemp seeds, lending texture and depth of flavor but keeping this gazpacho gluten-free.

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2. Heirloom Tomato Toast

Put avocado toast on hold for the summer, and pave the way for fresh heirloom tomatoes instead. This tomato toast is even simpler than bruschetta, featuring just summer tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil.

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3. Tomato and Strawberry Salad

This salad pairs two summer ingredients you don’t see together all too often, but while strawberries and tomatoes may be rare bedfellows, both pair wonderfully with basil – and, as you’ll see, with one another.

Balsamic vinegar and a touch of baby arugula really send this salad over the top. Pick multicolored tomatoes and a mix of red and yellow strawberries for the most striking salad.

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4. Grilled Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes

No need to heat up the house for this pizza; just fire up the grill and soon you’ll be ready to devour this delicious combo of charred dough, cheese, and fresh tomatoes.

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5. Heirloom Tomato Pie

This savory pie features a super simple combination of fresh tomatoes, fontina, mayonnaise, and basil. It’s the perfect way to use up extra tomatoes from your garden in a delicious vegetarian main.

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6. Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Pesto

Picture this: a rich, summery tomato filled with an oozy, perfectly cooked egg. Add some homemade arugula pesto, and you’re ready to enjoy this dairy-free dish. Consider serving these tomatoes alongside grilled steak or vegetables, or simply on their own with lots of bread for mopping up all of the delicious juices.

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7. Baked Wild Salmon with a Zesty Tomato, Avocado, and Corn Salad

Tomato plays a supporting role in this recipe, alongside avocado, corn, and baked wild salmon. This dish is hearty and impressive enough for your next dinner party, but it’s super easy to prepare – especially when you have delicious seasonal ingredients to work with.

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Chocolate-Dipped Watermelon Pops: Just Make Them Already!

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Cool, refreshing, and oh so sweet, these watermelon pops are the healthiest (and cutest) treats to bring to all your summer soirées.

Bonus, these pops are customizable and so fun to make at a summer party. Sprinkles and cacao nib toppings, anyone?

Refreshing and sweet watermelon is a delicious alternative to traditional sugary treats. Instead of sugar, artificial colors, and flavorings, these pops are made with slices of juicy watermelon and minimally sweetened dark chocolate.

Along with being a picnic staple, watermelon is a healthy seasonal treat. Although most of the fruit is actually water, (hello, hydration!) watermelon also contains vitamins A and C as well as important antioxidants like lycopene. Lycopene exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to lower the risk of certain types of cancers.

Watermelon Pops Ingredients

These watermelon pops are made with two primary ingredients, plus toppings for a crunchy or sweet garnish.

I love making a watermelon pops bar with watermelon slices all ready to go, plus bowls of toppings. It’s a fun way for kids or adults to create their own delicious watermelon pops and choose the toppings or flavors they prefer.

Some party-approved toppings include chopped almonds, pistachios, or peanuts, sprinkles, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, peanut or almond butter, dark chocolate chips, goji berries, yogurt, berries, and cinnamon.

Making these watermelon pops couldn’t be easier. Simply cut a watermelon into quarter slices, cut smalls hole for the popsicle sticks, and drizzle with melted chocolate. I prefer to use dark chocolate, of at least 80 percent cacao or higher (it has serious anti-aging and antioxidant effects) or unsweetened chocolate.

Get creative with your watermelon pops and enjoy this sweet, healthy snack. Happy summer!

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Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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How to Make Sangria for 4th of July: A Red, Blue, and White Wine Recipe

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Learn how to make sangria for the perfect summer drink. It’s easy and does the double duty of both looking amazing in a glass and tasting delicious. The concept is extremely simple: add fruit to wine and chill. There are hundreds of ways to customize your sangria but I find that simple is best. Simply add fresh blueberries, strawberries and apples to white wine with a squeeze of lemon, chill and serve with a splash of sparkling water.

The pretty combination of red strawberries, blue blueberries and white apples makes this a must-serve at your 4th of July barbecue. And the best part: it’s easy to transport if you’re not the one doing the hosting. Simply pour the wine and fruit into a large jar with a lid or use plastic 32-ounce soup containers. A bottle of wine  usually contains 25 ounces so figure 5 ounces per person.

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White wine sangria is best with a bright and light wine, something like chardonnay or pinot grigio. Adding a few dashes of bitters just before serving makes this wine cocktail less sweet. This sangria is best enjoyed VERY cold. So make sure you keep it in the fridge or in a cooler and have plenty of ice to serve with it. Use dainty cocktail glasses or champagne flutes to serve smaller drinks that guests can enjoy before it warms up.

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4th of July Desserts: Red Velvet, White and Blue Cupcakes

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The stunning combination of deep red velvet cake with bright white icing, blueberries and blue sprinkles makes these mini cupcakes one of the most festive 4th of July desserts.

What makes a red velvet cake a red velvet cake? Well, for starters red food coloring but also the essential ingredients of buttermilk and vinegar. The buttermilk adds subtle flavor and bounce to the cake and the vinegar is essential to enhance the red color. You can of course simply buy red velvet cake mix or just use your favorite chocolate cake batter recipe.

Cut out some of the sugar by replacing the sugar icing with fresh whipped cream which is so much lighter than traditional cupcake icing. You can even add a drop of all-natural red or blue food coloring to the heavy cream before beating.

Make sure to buy mini cupcake wrappers in blue or silver. In a pinch you can bake the cupcakes directly in the mini muffin tin but know that they are difficult to remove and you’ll need to heavily grease the pan.

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4th of July Desserts Mini Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients

    For the cake:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (8 tablespoons), at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • red liquid or gel food coloring (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 48 mini cupcake wrappers

    For the tops:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ pint blueberries
  • ¼ cup blue sugar sprinkles
  • 1 cup strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a paper wrapper in each cupcake slot of the mini muffin tin.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl: flour, baking soda, cake flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with a handheld mixer. Beat for 3 minutes, then add the vegetable oil and beat for another minute. Add the eggs, vinegar and 2 tablespoons of food coloring and beat for one more minute. Make sure the color is a deep red and add more coloring as needed. Then add the flour mixture to the batter about 1 cup at a time. Try not to over mix.
  4. Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture into the lined tin. Fill each cup about ⅔ of the way and bake for 16 minutes. Remove from oven and set to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then repeat until you have used all the batter.
  5. To make the whipped cream, use the same handheld mixer to beat the heavy cream on high in a large chilled metal bowl for about 5 minutes. Add the sugar as soon as peaks start to form. Chill the whipped cream until you are ready to use it. Use a butter knife to frost the cupcakes and add blueberries, sprinkles and thinly sliced strawberries to decorate.
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These Smoky-Sweet Stuffed Grilled Peaches are the Best BBQ Dessert

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Here’s how to win at every summer barbeque: whip up these grilled peaches stuffed with granola and served alongside vanilla ice cream – in less than fifteen minutes. Hello sweet, smoky, and delicious goodness.

How to Elevate Peaches: Grill Them!

Peaches are nutritious summer treats. These fuzzy fruits are good sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, E, C, and K, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. Peaches also contain ample antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin. These plant compounds are known to reduce free radical damage and lower inflammation.

While delightful raw and bursting with juice, peaches are also amazing grilled. The sugars in peach naturally caramelize on a hot grill, which makes the fruit even more fragrant and delicious.

When selecting the perfect peaches to grill, look for firmer fruits. Too soft of fruits can result in mushy grilled peaches, and can oftentimes stick to the grill.

The recipe for these grilled peaches couldn’t be easier. Simply cut peaches in half and twist gently to separate. Remove the pit of the peach, lightly drizzle with coconut oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Grill peaches on a clean grill over direct grill heat for five to eight minutes, or until peach flesh caramelizes and grill marks appear.

To make sure the remainder of the peach softens and warms, move the peach to indirect heat and cook for five minutes more. Serve peaches straight from the grill with homemade granola, coconut flakes, and a scoop of ice cream.

Granola provides a sweet and salty crunch and is a delicious balance to the warm and fragrant fruit. If you don’t have any batches of homemade granola lying around, pick up a grocery store version with minimal added sugar and ingredients.

This grilled peach recipe is summer simplicity is at its finest.

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Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.



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Baked Wild Salmon With a Zesty Summer Tomato, Avocado, and Corn Salad

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The sweet taste of summer is highlighted in this simple and seasonal cherry tomato, avocado, and corn salad recipe served alongside wild salmon.

Celebrate the last fleeting weeks of summer with flavor, color, and a recipe that takes ten minutes to make – tops.

Salad doesn’t always have to mean lettuce, and this simple corn salad proves it. Made with fresh sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, basil, avocado, and red onion, it is a flavorful and seasonal dish bursting with zest and texture.

Sweet corn is a summer staple. There’s nothing like driving to a local farm or farmers market to pick up a few ears for the week. Although sweet corn is commonly grilled, steamed, or boiled, it’s quite delicious raw, too. I like to carefully slice the corn kernels straight off the cob and toss into pasta, salsa, and this delicious corn salad.

Sweet corn is rich in fiber, phosphorus, and B vitamins. It also contains an array of phytonutrients including anthocyanins, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients function as antioxidants to reduce inflammation and free radical damage to cells.

Sweet corn shines in this corn salad alongside cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, avocado, and red onion. Cherry tomatoes are a great source of iron, potassium vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, and lycopene.

Basil is a delicious complement to the fresh summer vegetables and provides trace vitamins and minerals as well. Red onion packs in pungent flavor, as well as B vitamins, fiber, vitamin C, and potent phytonutrients. Finally, avocado adds a dose of healthy fats, creamy texture, and a buttery flavor to this corn salad.

Drizzle the sweet corn salad in red wine vinegar and olive oil, serve alongside of grilled or baked wild salmon, and have dinner on the table in ten minutes. Because summer supper should be simple, easy, and delicious.

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Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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Yasss! There’s Wine in This Kombucha Recipe

Yasss! There's Wine in this Kombucha Recipe

Move aside sugary mixers and artificially flavored juices and sodas, the tastiest wine spritzer ingredient is filled with gut-loving bacteria instead. With kombucha providing a healthy and bubbly kick, you’ll sip this kombucha recipe all day long.

All About The Booch’

Kombucha, or fermented tea, has been a household name for the better part of the last decade. No longer found solely in local health food shops kombucha can now be found at large grocery chains and even Costco. Kombucha is available in a multitude of mouthwatering flavors – everything from ginger to lemonade, berry, greens, and everything in between – making the bev a perfect mix-in for cocktails and spritzers.

The Healthy Way to Get Your Spritzer On (With Kombucha, of course!)

As a fermented food, kombucha is a bubbly probiotic bursting with healing properties. Probiotics that help to keep the good bacteria balanced in our gut are vital for a healthy functioning system.

Consuming probiotic-rich foods (hello sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and kombucha!) may be helpful for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), providing relief from gastric ulcers and allergies, repairing environmental damage and oxidative stress by functioning as an antioxidant, and as an overall boost to the immune system. Even more, fermented foods are thought to aid the liver in detoxification and keep the digestive system moving along.

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Along with a plethora of health benefits, kombucha’s effervescent quality may be an easy swap for those trying to cut soda or other sugary sports drinks from their diet. Of course, when purchasing your bottle of booch’, know that all kombucha isn’t created equal. Look for refrigerated, dark glass bottles of unpasteurized and raw (and local!) kombucha made with organic sugars and teas.

This kombucha spritzer is sure to provide a bubbly kick to your next cocktail hour all while fitting in with your healthiest and happiest lifestyle. Cheers!

The Healthy Way to Get Your Spritzer On (With Kombucha, of course!)

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  • 1 bottle chilled white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • 16 ounces kombucha, flavor of your choice
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • ½ cup seasonal fruit (berries, peaches, citrus, etc.)

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  1. Combine all kombucha cocktail ingredients into a large glass pitcher or Mason jar. Stir well to combine.
  2. Serve spritzer garnished with a few pieces of seasonal fruit in the glass. Enjoy!

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 glass
Calories per serving: 40
Fat per serving: 0.1g
Saturated fat per serving: 0g
Carbs per serving: 5.7g
Protein per serving: 0.2g
Fiber per serving: 0.4g
Sugar per serving: 1.9g
Sodium per serving: 5mg
Trans fat per serving: 0g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg

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The 5 Recipe Instructions I Never Follow (and It All Turns Out Fine)

The 5 Recipe Instructions I Never Follow (and It All Turns Out Fine): Confessions of a Home Cook
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When I first started learning to cook, I followed recipe instructions to the letter. I measured obsessively, packing my cup measure full of chopped onion or shredded cheese, and discarding or saving the rest. I timed my cooking religiously: three minutes per side ticked out by an egg timer.

It was exhausting.

But things have changed. I have gotten far more comfortable in the kitchen, and these days, when I read a recipe, I usually riff, using more or less of a certain ingredient depending on what I have in the fridge or swapping things out entirely. And even when I’m following a recipe, there are a few instructions I always ignore.

1. “Add onions and garlic.”

I never add onions and garlic to the pan at the same time, regardless of what the recipe tells me to do. Onions improve as they cook, developing a rich, brown caramelization and a beautiful sweetness. Garlic, on the other hand, just burns, turning acrid and bitter (as Serious Eats tested).

When a recipe tells me to add them both at the same time, then, I add just the onion, cooking it until translucent or brown (depending on what the recipe calls for). I only add the garlic at the last minute, cooking it for barely a minute before adding whatever liquid ingredient (wine, broth, tomatoes) comes next.

2. “Toss with spices and place in the oven to roast.”

I never add spices to the outside of anything that’s going to be cooked at high heat, such as in a pan or in the oven, before cooking. Spices are delicate, and they could easily burn instead of just toast.

When I’m cooking something wet, like a stew or soup, I have no problem toasting the spices (adding them at the same time as the garlic) before adding the liquid ingredients. But when it comes to spiced, roasted veggies, I always season simply with salt (yep, even black pepper stays off!) and toss the hot veggies with the spices directly on the pan when they come out of the oven.

This allows the spices to toast in the residual heat from the oven without burning, giving you richer, more complex flavors.

3. “Peel the vegetables.”

It’s no surprise to me that one of the main tasks I was given in the kitchen as a child was peeling: it’s tedious, but more than that, it’s wasteful.

Since I buy all organic vegetables, I never peel them: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, even rutabaga just get a good scrub before being prepared. There’s lots of great flavor and nutrients in the peels that then stay in the dish instead of in your compost bin.

4. “Wipe the mushrooms with a dry paper towel.”

Recipes constantly tell you how important it is not to wash mushrooms, lest they get waterlogged, but ever since Alton Brown disproved this myth, I’ve rinsed mine with no adverse effects. Not only does this method save you from wasting paper towel, it also saves quite a bit of time.

Whenever mushrooms have a bit of soil on them, I just rinse them under running water and wipe them dry with a dish towel before using.

5. “Add 1 tablespoon olive oil.”

When it comes to most fats, I don’t measure; I eyeball. Once you get used to the amount of oil it takes to properly sear a steak or roast some veggies, you can save yourself the hassle of washing your measuring spoons and just add the fat directly to the pan.

This is actually true of many ingredients in savory cooking. Once you get to know what a cup of sliced onion or shredded cheese looks like, it’s far easier to just eyeball rather than measure it out. It keeps you from having to save small amounts of leftover chopped veggies (which usually end up getting forgotten and binned anyway).

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How to Make Lemonade: 4 Tasty Twists to Sip on This Summer

How To Make Lemonade

Skip the store-bought sugary junk this summer and learn how to make lemonade without the sticky syrups and artificial ingredients.

All you’ll need is a fruit basket full of lemons, organic cane sugar, and filtered water to enjoy a homemade glass of lemonade. Plus, we’re showing you how to spice up your lemonade with fun flavors like lavender and thyme!

How To Make Lemonade

Sourcing Ingredients

The key to the perfect glass of homemade lemonade is using ripe, juicy lemons. Meyer lemons, assumed to be a hybrid of lemons and mandarins (or oranges), are our favorite to use since they are naturally sweeter. They lack the strong acidity of traditional lemons and instead only have a slight tartness allowing this recipe to use a bit less sweetener.

Meyer lemons can usually be found year round in grocery stores but they peak during late winter to spring. Meyer lemons ripen and spoil more quickly than regular lemons so when shopping for them, look for a firm outer peel with bright shiny skin.

The farmers market is the perfect place to pick up your ingredients for this lemonade. You can find locally grown Meyer lemons  (or any other kind of lemons, or limes) which will be freshly picked and perfect for lemonade. The farmers market is also the place to go when searching for culinary lavender as you can likely find at least one farmer who grows lavender. Confirm with the farmer that the lavender is indeed the culinary variety.

Health Benefits

Lemons are chock full of vitamin C, an essential water soluble nutrient which helps our bodies in many ways. As a result of their high vitamin C content, lemons are an antioxidant food. The antioxidants in lemons help neutralize free radicals in the bodies, which can help to ward off inflammation and may even help those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Lemons also aid digestion by increasing movement within the digestive tract. The lemon’s acidity also has detoxifying effects on the body helping to keep the good in and the bad out.

Sugar-Free Lemonade

For a white-sugar-free variety, try agave or stevia to sweeten this up. The general rule for substituting agave for cane sugar is ⅔ cup of agave to 1 cup of cane sugar. If you choose stevia, then only use 1 teaspoon to substitute 1 cup of sugar.

Tips

Opt for heavier lemons with thinner skins since they will yield more juice. Before juicing, roll the lemon on a hard surface (like the kitchen table or counter) and press down on it with your palm as you do so. This will help release the juices from the membranes giving you more liquid to use in the lemonade.

Make your lemonade fancier by garnishing it with a lemon peel. Before juicing, peel the outer skin of the lemon using a vegetable peeler until it’s a long curly lemon. Garnish each glass with a lemon peel.

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10 minutes

6 servings

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  • 3 cups chilled filtered water, divided
  • 12-14 medium sized lemons*
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 cup of filtered water and cane sugar over medium-high heat in a large pot. Let simmer and whisk until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. Using a lemon juicer, juice the lemons until you have 1 ¼ cups lemon juice. Pour into a pitcher and add the sugar water and stir well. Add the remaining 2 cups of chilled filtered water and stir again.
  3. Serve lemonade over ice or chill in the fridge until ready to serve!

Notes

If you use regular lemons instead of Meyer, you may need to add in a few more tablespoons of sweetener. Simply add one tablespoon at a time to sweeten to taste.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 129

Fat per serving: 0.4g

Saturated fat per serving: 0.1g

Carbs per serving: 33.3g

Protein per serving: 1.3g

Fiber per serving: 3.3g

Sugar per serving: 2.9g

Sodium per serving: 4mg

Cholesterol per serving: 0mg

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Tasty Twists on Lemonade

How To Make Lemonade

Now that you know how to make lemonade, put your skills to the test. Make your lemonade a bit more unique with these tasty twists on lemonade. Just use the same ingredients and measurements above as a base.

Lavender Lemonade
Bring 1 cup of filtered water to boil and pour over 3 tablespoons of dried culinary lavender. Let steep for 10 minutes. Using a fine mesh sieve, transfer the liquid to a pitcher. Add the sugar, lemon juice, cane sugar, and remaining 2 cups chilled water. Stir until well combined.

Blood Orange Lemonade
Substitute two of the lemons with blood oranges and proceed with the recipe as instructed. Enjoy the subtle orange twist!

Thyme Lemonade
Bring 1 cup of filtered water to boil and add in 1 bunch of fresh thyme and 1 cup of cane sugar. Reduce heat to medium-high and stir until sugar has dissolved. Using a fine mesh sieve, transfer the liquid to a pitcher. Add the lemon juice and remaining 2 cups chilled water. Stir until well combined.

Chia Seed Lemonade
Simply add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to the pitcher of lemonade and stir well. Let chill in the fridge for 10 minutes, allowing the chia seeds to thicken.

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Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.



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How To Cook Artichokes in 3 Easy Ways

The artichoke is a delicious, nutritious vegetable that works well both as an entree or a side dish. There are many ways to prepare and enjoy artichokes so we’re sharing how to cook artichokes three different ways. If you’ve never cooked artichokes before, don’t fret. It’s much easier than it looks and the results are tastier than you can imagine!

Artichokes are thistles which are flowering plants that fall into the vegetable category. This edible plant is full of vitamins C and K, antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. Artichokes have detoxifying properties and may aid the liver in ridding the body of toxins. They may also help to prevent disease with their high antioxidant content. Another amazing benefit of eating artichokes is, on average, an artichoke contains around 10 grams of fiber, which is crucial for healthy digestion. Artichokes may also help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, making these a heart-healthy choice!

If you’re lucky enough to live in sunshine-filled California, you can enjoy artichokes year-around. Their peak season is March through May so spring is an optimal time to head to the farmers market and pick up some farm-fresh artichokes. When selecting artichokes, first check the weight and texture. You’ll want a heavy, firm artichoke that’s free of bruising and heavy discoloration. Some purple streaks are normal and are present in most artichokes. A ripe and ready artichoke has tightly packed leaves, if they are separating and opening up, the artichoke will be dried out and will lack flavor.

For optimum health benefits, buy organic artichokes. Conventional artichokes can be heavily sprayed with pesticides. Plus organic artichokes will be even tastier! Once you’ve picked your perfect artichokes, you’re ready to move on to the preparation phase. Follow our simple steps and you’ll be ready to cook ‘em up!

How To Cook Artichokes

How To Cook Artichokes in 3 Easy Ways
Step One
Rinse your artichokes, allowing water to stream into the inner and outer leaves. Shake out the artichoke in the sink and then pat dry.

How To Cook Artichokes in 3 Easy Ways
Step Two
Pull off the base leaves closest to the stem and discard. Trim the remaining leaves by cutting off the sharp, pointy edges.

How To Cook Artichokes in 3 Easy Ways
Step Three

Using a sharp chef’s knife, chop off about ¾ inch off the crown of the artichoke.

How To Cook Artichokes in 3 Easy Ways
Step Four

Cut off ¼ inch from the bottom of the stem and discard. Using a vegetable peeler, peel around the stem. Next, chop ¾ of the stem off the artichoke but don’t discard! Cut the remaining stem into medallions as pictured. Reserve for later use.

How To Cook Artichokes in 3 Easy Ways
Step Five

Rub half of a lemon around the outside of the artichoke. This will help prevent browning. Set aside. Slice the other half of the lemon into thin rings.

To Boil:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in lemon slices and ½ teaspoon sea salt. Add artichokes, making sure they remain standing up. If you are using the stems, add the medallions to the pot as well. Cover loosely and boil for 30-90 minutes, depending on the size. Small artichokes will only take 30-40 minutes to cook while large artichokes will take 60-90 minutes. To tell if they are done, check to see if the leaf is fork tender. The inner leaves should be removed easily while the fleshy, edible portion of the leaf will be soft enough to bite easily. The stems should also be fork tender, they may finish faster than the artichoke and if so, remove from pot using a slotted spoon and set aside. Once artichokes are done drain in a colander and then serve alongside cooked stems.

To Steam:

Add enough water to a pot so that water reaches the bottom of the steamer basket. Add lemon slices and ½ teaspoon sea salt in the water. Place artichokes and stems in the basket and steam for 30 minutes or until leaves are fork tender. Serve immediately.

To Grill:

Follow steps one through five for preparation. Then, slice the artichokes in half, lengthwise. Remove the fuzzy choke using a spoon and discard. Place the artichokes in a pot of boiling water with lemon slices and ½ teaspoon sea salt. Boil for 20-30 minutes until tender but not falling apart.

Meanwhile, heat up a grill. If using a stove-top grill, heat over medium-high heat and lightly grease the pan with oil. Place the artichokes face down and grill for 3-5 minutes, until grill marks form. If using stems, place them in a grill basket or wrap them in foil and place on the grill until fork tender. If using a grill pan, place the stems directly on the pan. Grill until lightly charred.

How To Eat Artichokes

To eat your cooked artichokes, simply pull off a leaf and dig your teeth into the lower, soft edible flesh. Discard the rest of the leaf. Dip it into a sauce such as olive oil, melted butter, or mayonnaise if desired.

Once you get to the small inner leaves that are completely soft, pull them off and discard. Next, using a spoon scoop out the fuzzy choke. Chop up the artichoke heart and dunk in desired dipping sauce.

To eat the stem medallions, simply dip in dipping sauce and eat! Enjoy!

How To Cook Artichokes in 3 Easy Ways

Artichoke Recipes

Here are a few more artichoke recipes to test out your new skills!

Grilled Artichokes with Gremolata 

Grilled Artichoke Recipe

Image by Asa Dahlgren. Reprinted with permission from “The Summer Table” published in 2015 by Sterling Epicure. 

Potato Salad with Artichokes, Feta Cheese & Olive Relish

Potato Salad Recipe with Artichokes, Feta Cheese & Olive Oil
Image courtesy of author Georgeanne Brennan and Weldon Owen Publishing from the book, Salad of the Day (Williams-Sonoma): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year.

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Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.



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Grilled Asparagus Recipe with Lemon White Wine Fettuccine

Lighten up your pasta cravings with this healthy grilled asparagus recipe with white wine fettuccine.

With warmer weather upon us, it’s time to incorporate more fresh, vibrant veggies and fruits into our diets. Asparagus has many health benefits and is full of necessary nutrients such as fiber, folate, Vitamins K and B1, and copper, among others. Asparagus is also a clean veggie which means it’s not heavily sprayed with pesticides so you don’t have to buy it organic.

The lemons in this dish add a citrusy touch which helps to neutralize the bitterness of asparagus and add more flavor. With a sauce composed of white wine, garlic, and sauteed shallots, this healthy dish will leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle anything. Plus this dish is vegan and gluten-free friendly!

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Ingredients

4 servings
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  • 1 lb fettuccine noodles (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lemons, 1 halved and 1 sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add noodles and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a grill or grill pan lightly brushed with olive oil over medium-high heat. Chop the bottom ¼ inch off the ends of the asparagus and compost. Drizzle the spears with olive oil. Squeeze half a lemon over them and then add to the grill. Grill for 4-6 minutes until fork tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Heat a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and minced shallots. Saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic and sautee for 2 more minutes. Add white wine, sea salt, and pepper and raise heat to medium until bubbles appear. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add juice from half a lemon. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the noodles to the sauce and toss. Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil if the pasta seems too dry.  Top each plate of pasta with grilled asparagus, and lemon slices. Garnish with nutritional yeast if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition information

Calories per serving: 598
Fat per serving: 16.2g
Saturated fat per serving: 2g
Carbs per serving: 90.6g
Protein per serving: 16.4g
Fiber per serving: 6.6g
Sugar per serving: 6.6g
Sodium per serving: 238mg
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg

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15 Veggie Sandwiches That Are Actually Exciting

 

Andrew Purcell; Carrie Purcell

Even though sandwiches aren’t something I usually associate with lots of veggies, it turns out there are kind of a lot of veggie-packed sandwiches out there. You see, I’m someone who’s not exactly great at eating the recommended 2 1/2 cups of vegetables I’m supposed to be eating every day per the USDA. If there’s a way to turn something that’s normally just meat, cheese, and an occasional slice of lettuce into what’s basically a salad between two slices of bread, I’m gonna know about it.

Before you tell me that all veggie sandwiches are boring, take a look at these 15 creative ideas and reconsider. While it might be easy to throw some tomatoes and sprouts on bread and call it a day, these ideas experiment in ways you would never expect, and they’re just as easy to make as their less-exciting counterparts. Get pumped for vegan BLTs that actually taste legit, bahn mi that are brimming with all of the veg, and cozy, satisfying wraps stuffed with broccoli and chickpeas. They aren’t all vegetarian, but a lot of them are, and most can easily be altered to become vegetarian, if that’s something you’re interested in. Bookmark them for later and before you know it, you’ll be eating more than enough vegetables every day—and you won’t hate it.

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Cooking Eggplant 4 Ways: Do it Right, and Do it Deliciously!

Cooking Eggplant

Cooking eggplant is easy and results in a flavorful, fork-tender bite when done correctly. This nightshade can be cooked in a variety of methods making it a perfect vegetable to use year around.

One of the key components in cooking eggplant is removing the bitterness to bring out eggplant’s flavor potential. It is a key step when learning how to cook eggplant but luckily it is easy to do.

Glossy, jewel-toned eggplants make an excellent addition to any savory dish. Its chewy texture makes it a great choice for substituting meat in a vegan dish. Eggplant also lends itself well to sauces and stews with its delightful flavor and creamy texture.

How To Select and Store

Eggplant’s peak season is August through October but fortunately, it can be found year round so you aren’t limited to only cooking it during summer. During the late summer, you should be able to find eggplant at your local farmers market where the eggplant is sure to be freshly picked.

When selecting eggplant; look for a firm, glossy skin with no wrinkling. Lightly press on it with your thumb to ensure it hasn’t gone soft. Eggplants perish quickly so plan to buy it only a couple of days in advance of cooking it. You can store unwashed and uncut eggplant in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Health Benefits

Eggplant is rich in vitamins, minerals, and also phytonutrients which help to keep the brain healthy. One-cup of cooked eggplant contains 2 grams of fiber, 7 percent DV copper, and 6 percent DV manganese. Eggplant’s phytonutrients include nasunin, which is an antioxidant which may help to protect cells from free radical damage. Nausunin is found in the skin of eggplant which is all the more reason not to peel it.

Tips and Tricks

Cooking Eggplant: Tips To Remove Eggplant BitternessImage of salted eggplant via Shutterstock

Often when being prepared, eggplant begins to brown, but But with a few tips you can prevent it.

Opt for a stainless steel knife instead of a carbon steel knife which reacts with the phytonutrients in eggplant. Once cut, brush the eggplant with fresh lemon juice, which will minimize browning.

If you desire tender, creamy texture then salting before cooking eggplant is recommended. Salting will draw out excess moisture and also help to reduce any bitterness that might be present. Some varieties of eggplant like Southeast Asian or overripe eggplants are more prone to bitterness.

To salt the eggplant, place cut eggplant into a colander. Sprinkle both sides with a generous amount of sea salt. Let it sit for 60 to 90 minutes. Rinse with cold water and gently pat dry between two tea towels or paper towels.

Cooking Eggplant

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There are many ways to go about cooking eggplant ranging from baking to grilling. Each method provides a tasty result. Remember, you can always opt to salt the eggplant after cutting into instructed shape if you are concerned about a bitter flavor. Simply follow the instructions above and then continue on with the recipe.

How To Bake Eggplant

For baked eggplant that’s creamy in texture and lightly browned, you’ll opt to cook it a lower temperature. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

Cut the eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds. Brush eggplant slices lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and ground pepper. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Eggplant should be lightly browned and fork tender.

How To Roast Eggplant

For roasted eggplant with a caramelized flavor, you’ll cook eggplant in the oven at a higher temperature. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat.

Slice the eggplant vertically in half. Cut off the stem. Score the eggplant by cutting it in a crosshatch fashion.

Brush each half lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt. Roast for 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the size of the eggplant. When roasted eggplant is done, it should be wilting around the edges and have a browned interior. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

How To Saute Eggplant

Sauteing eggplant is a quick and easy way to enjoy the vegetable. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Chop eggplant into bite sized pieces. Add eggplant and any desired seasonings or spices. Saute for 10 minutes, or until fork tender stirring continuously throughout the cooking time.

How To Grill Eggplant

Grilled eggplant makes a delicious addition to any summertime barbecue. It also works wonderfully on grilled veggie kabobs.

Heat a charcoal or gas grill over medium-high heat. Slice eggplant into rounds and lightly brush with olive oil. Grill covered if using gas, uncovered if using charcoal for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Season as desired.

Eggplant Recipes

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Vegan Eggplant Gyros
These light and healthy vegan eggplant gyros make the perfect summer sandwich. Eggplant’s chewy texture perfectly replaces the meat that is usually in gyros and its flavor pairs perfectly with the creamy hummus.

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Subs
Breaded eggplant topped with marinara and cashew cheese makes the perfect filling for these vegan eggplant parmesan subs. This is an ideal dish for anyone who is hesitant about eating eggplant since all the flavorful fillings with complement eggplant’s flavor.

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Vegan Ratatouille
This picnic-friendly vegan ratatouille is the perfect dish to liven up your summer with more vegetables. Tarragon adds a herby flavor that pairs perfectly with the eggplant, zucchini, and squash.

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Vegan Cashew-less Queso
Most vegan cheese recipes call for cashews much to the dismay of those with nut allergies. But once blended, eggplant makes the perfect creamy substitute in this vegan queso recipe.

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Eggplant Cannelloni
Rolled up grilled eggplant bakes the perfect outer shell for pesto and marinara in this eggplant cannelloni recipe. This grain-free dish is delicious and comforting without the guilt.

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