Archive | July, 2013

New Recipes – Summer Installment #1

18 Jul

OK!

I have all the good intentions to have several installments before the summer is over. We shall see if I live up to these expectations.

We bought a new grill earlier this year and have put it to good use. As I’ve said before, I’ve been eating more meat lately because of the grilling season. For the hard core vegan/vegetarians, save your preaching. I have come a long way in my meat consumption.  I have also found some good vegan grilling options.  I bought the cookbook “Cookouts, Veggie Style: 225 Backyard Favorites – Full of Flavor, Free of Meat!” from Amazon to expand my grilling recipe arsenal. I also looked on line for some good summer recipes on the grill and off.

About a month ago, my wife signed me up on Pinterest.  She did this because I always sent her recipes that I wanted to try and she said to just start an account and make a separate board for recipes I’d like to try. Let’s just say, I am pinning stuff left and right. I thought that it was more of a girly thing, this Pinterest…but I got into it, and it is useful. You can check me out if you want: http://pinterest.com/dbrunner281/.  I went crazy and pinned a bunch of vegan summer recipes I want to try.

Well, back to the matter at hand. I am spotlighting two recipes I really liked.

1: Orzo and Zucchini Salad 

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This was a great salad recipe from Martha Stewart’s web page. However, I replaced the orzo with pearl barley and it came out great.  The basil gives it such a great flavor. This goes well with any grilled main dish. I may try with other grains like quinoa or brown rice, but barley seems to be the perfect size and consistency.

2: Grilled avocado with salsa

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This is my favorite discovery so far. It’s sooo good. Use vegan sour cream, and you can add a little grated vegan cheese if you want.  I mash it all up in the avocado shell and then scoop it out with either soft tortillas or tortilla chips. Trust me, once you try this you will want to grill avocado at every cookout.

That’s my two recipes for now. Let me know what you think if you try them out. 

 Hopefully I’ll get back to you with a few more before the end of the summer. Enjoy the sun and cookout season!

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