Veggie Sushi Bowls

Now this is how to make sushi at home! Vegetarian sushi bowl recipe - cookieandkate.com

Somewhere, in the deep recesses of my kitchen drawers, lies a sushi rolling mat. I have used it once, about five years ago, during my first and last attempt at rolling sushi at home. I made some lumpy rolls that day and deemed sushi rolls to be far too much work to make at home.

To buy vegetarian sushi at restaurants (when it’s not on happy hour), though, is to spend way too much money on rice and cucumber. I definitely appreciate the skill involved after my own endeavor, but when do I want to spend ten dollars on rice and cucumber? Very rarely. Veeerrrrrry rarely indeed.

nori and sriracha mayonnaise

Homemade sushi bowls are the answer to my sushi conundrum. There’s no rolling involved, which means they’re much easier to make. You can get more creative with toppings, too, since you aren’t limited to options that roll up well. Best of all, these fresh but hearty bowls keep me fueled for hours.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables

Healthy quinoa summer salad recipe - cookieandkate.com

When I was young, my mom published a few travel books about Oklahoma. This was back before you could even Google, “How to self-publish a book,” and find answers. She made those books happen, though, and I got to sit shotgun on our way to book signings. Back then, all I wanted to do was read, so I’d get lost in the children’s section while she sold and signed books.

I know how much goes into self publishing—writing a book is a feat in itself, so to take on the printing, distribution and marketing as well is a major accomplishment. Huge, really!

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Anna Watson Carl did it all when she self-published her lovely cookbook, The Yellow Table: A Celebration of Everyday Gatherings, which is the source of this salad recipe. She documented the process on her blog (also called The Yellow Table) and you can read a summary of it on Design*Sponge.

So today, I’m tipping my hat to Anna and sharing this incredible quinoa salad from her book. It’s simple and fresh and just perfect for late summer. She combined ratatouille vegetables with quinoa and Mediterranean flavors. Leftovers are so good, I just ate them for breakfast! Hurry and make this one before summer ends.

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Creamy Peach & Honey Popsicles

Creamy honey-sweetened peach popsicles - cookieandkate.com

Have you noticed that the days are getting shorter? Cookie and I are heading out the door earlier for our evening walk, and I’m scrambling to check off the summer recipes on my list while I still can.

Peaches are so plump and sweet right now; popsicles needed to happen. I killed two birds with one stone with these peach popsicles. They’re super simple—consisting of roasted peaches, honey and yogurt—and they taste just like you’d expect. Delicious, fruity and creamy.

peaches

These popsicles are ultra creamy because I roasted the peaches into jammy submission, which reduces their water content while concentrating their sweet flavor, and opted for full-fat yogurt, too. Speaking of, every time I specify full-fat yogurt in a recipe, I get questions asking if you can use low-fat yogurt instead. If you use lower fat yogurt in this recipe, which has less fat and more water, you’ll get icier popsicles.

That said, if you don’t share my totally bizarre, nails-on-a-chalkboard-like aversion to icy popsicles (also included: the sound of ice rubbing against ice, please tell me I’m not the only one), you can go ahead and make some with low-fat yogurt.

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Roasted Broccoli Rabe and Pesto Flatbread

Broccoli rabe naan, a simple dinner or appetizer! cookieandkate.com

Late summer is full of irony. Here we are, when fresh produce is perhaps most abundant, and gardens are overflowing with ripe tomatoes, peppers and basil… and the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. If there’s ever a time to take advantage of shortcuts like pre-made flatbread, the time is now!

broccoli rabe

These quick flatbreads are made with store-bought whole grain naan that I topped with homemade basil pesto, creamy feta and broccoli rabe tossed in olive oil and red pepper flakes. As broccoli rabe roasts in the oven on top of the flatbread, its natural bitterness seems to dissipate as the leaves develop a delicate, kale chip-like crunch.

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Watermelon White Sangria

White sangria recipe made with watermelon, nectarine and St. Germain! cookieandkate.com

Funny thing. I’ve consumed two glasses of this sangria and I’m fumbling for the proper words to describe it. How about, “Best white sangria ever?” Bold statement, but I’m not kidding around. Yeah, I see your sangria bet and I’ll raise you twenty.

watermelon sangria recipe

Watermelon is key. It infuses white wine with fresh summer flavor, and the little cubes float on top, just waiting to get scooped out and eaten like boozy fruit salad. The raspberries don’t add a lot of flavor, but they’re like rubies on the ocean floor. You’ll find them once you polish off your glass.

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Sweet Corn & Black Bean Tacos

Sweet corn and black bean tacos - cookieandkate.com

August is slipping through my fingers. Time is slipping through my fingers. I celebrated my favorite tiny person’s second birthday this weekend and I remember the day I visited her in the hospital like it was yesterday. Now she calls me “Ka-Ka” like my little brother did and glides through the house wearing my ballet flats, which are about ten sizes too big.

jalapeno and corn

These sweet corn tacos seem to be a perfectly appropriate way to commemorate mid-August. I opted not to cook or grill the corn—it’s so creamy and sweet when it’s fresh—and instead marinate it in lime juice, with some lime zest to really set it off. (You could grill it, though, if you prefer!) Finely sliced radishes and jalapeño lend a bit of crunch and heat, while sliced avocado and feta finish it off.

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