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Roasted Tomato and Olive Mediterranean Salad

As summer turns to fall, I find myself wanting roasted things—Roasted Adobo Chicken, Roasted Root Vegetables, etc. But, as is usual for the Mid-Atlantic region, we still have warm and humid days occurring regularly. So, cold salads still hold their appeal for me.

This recipe takes deliciously roasted tomatoes and olives and blends them, chilled, with refreshing cucumber and artichoke. It seemed only natural to take a mediterranean turn, and somehow it feels like the perfect late-summer/early-autumn side dish. We hope you enjoy it!

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Gluten Free Walnut and Zucchini Bread

Last week, we shared with you a recipe for Zucchini Fritters, which we developed using a large home-grown zucchini given to us by a friend who recently visited us to meet Otto. Today, I’m excited to share with you the second recipe that we created using that same zucchini. (Seriously, it was a really big zucchini.)

This zucchini bread is a twist on a childhood favorite of mine—a twist that’s specifically good for lactating moms, like myself. Now that I’m back to work and Otto is with his nanny, it would be easy to for stress and lack of contact with my baby allow my body to stop producing breastmilk. But I’m determined to give Otto breastmilk as long as I possibly can, so I’m pumping regularly and consuming galactagogues whenever possible. (A galactagogue is a substance that increases milk supply; common ones are oats, walnuts, and fenugreek.)

Whether you’re a lacking mom or not, I hope you’ll enjoy this unique zucchini bread recipe. Oh, and one last thing: Yes, I realize that oats are not “paleo” in the strictest sense; but we aren’t paleo perfectionists. For me, gluten-free oats are close enough!

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Asian-Inspired Chimichurri Roast

Chimichurri is one of my favorite marinades for steak, especially cuts that typically are less tender. The combination of fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar, and oil provide a vibrant smell and satisfying taste. Having experimented with variations over the past few weeks, we’re excited to share this Asian-inspired version with you. Adding Thai basil and Thai chilies adds a great depth of flavor and spiciness we know you’ll love.

When cooking this pot roast slowly in a skillet, the bottom gets a hard sear, similar to burnt ends on smoked meats (without the dryness). That said, if you’d like to minimize that hard sear, I recommend adding 1 cup of beef or chicken stock to the skillet. This may accelerate the cooking time; so checking the temperature at 10 minute intervals will be important. However you choose to cook this meal, we hope you’ll enjoy it.

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Ambrosia (Yum Yum) Salad

One of my aunts makes a summer fruit salad that everyone in my family calls “yum yum salad.” It wasn’t until sometime in my college years that I realized her salad is more commonly known as ambrosia salad. As a kid, I loved this salad. It felt like having dessert during dinner. What kid doesn’t like that?

But, as I got older, my tastes changed. Ambrosia (yum yum) salad, with it’s mini marshmallows and cool whip dressing was cloyingly sweet. Now that I think about it, I wonder if my aunt actually balanced it out with sour cream like most ambrosia salad recipes require. However, she made it, I stopped eating it at family functions a long time ago (even before I started eating “clean” with Brent in 2012) simply because I could no longer stomach it.

This version leaves out the marshmallows and replaces the cool whip/sour cream combination with a dairy-free yogurt. It’s still sweet from all the fresh fruit, but it’s much lighter and healthier! The best part for me? My parents are in town and give it their stamp of approval. We hope you’ll enjoy it, too.

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Heather’s Strawberry Salad

Sleep deprivation makes me crave sugary things. Couple that with the hot summer weather we’re experiencing, and all I want to eat are salads and fruit. This strawberry salad was inspired by a salad at our favorite local restaurant. My version, however, doesn’t include any dairy and I chose to use romaine lettuce because it’s one of my favorite greens. The result is something light and refreshing, and you can easily add grilled chicken for a more substantial meal. I have a feeling we’ll be making this pretty regularly this summer. We hope you enjoy it, too!

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