Summer Minestrone Soup

Summer Minestrone Soup

Lately I’ve been brainstorming ways to make vegetables more appealing when you’re in a ‘veggies are for losers’ kind of mood. This is often a problem I have with clients who are going through treatment; their brain wants the veggies but their body wants the toast and the crackers.

Summer Minestrone Soup

When we don’t feel well it’s all about the comfort food. But what makes food comfortable? A bit of nostalgia, some carbs and not making it yourself, is my current definition. There’s even room for veggies sometimes.

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Watermelon Salad With Cucumber and Coconut Yoghurt

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut Yoghurt

I find it hard to make recipes using watermelon. It’s usually the first thing I cross off my shopping list when I realize I am buying too much to walk home with without having strangers asking me if I need help (so embarrassing). When I do manage to get one home, it’s delicious watermelon that needs no help beyond a sleepover in the fridge to make it pure, sweet, hydrating perfection. In other words, it gets eaten as is, and any thoughts of a recipe get put on hold, sometimes even until the following summer.

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut YoghurtWatermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut Yoghurt

This summer has been a little bit different. Watermelon is very cooling and our bodies seem to know this instinctively, craving it when the weather gets warm. It’s hard to remember now, but the weather here was warm, even kind of hot at the beginning of the summer and the watermelon turnover was high. Over the last couple of weeks of sporadic rain, clouds and cool weather, I found we had a rare stockpile of watermelon (well, two).

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Lemon Blueberry Overnight Chia Oats

Lemon Blueberry Overnight Chia Oats

I bought ten pounds of unsprayed blueberries this week from a local farm. I had to drive to pick them up, there were that many. I have frozen some and dehydrated some, but still, we have eaten so many blueberries in this house over the last few days, that we will probably sprout anthocyanin-coloured superfood wings, or turn into that rolly poly blueberry girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Or at least be sufficiently sick of them by the end of the season.

Lemon Blueberry Overnight Chia Oats

Blueberries aren’t too terribly sweet, they are filled with fiber and pectin and help to balance out digestion (whether things are running too slow or too fast) (which kind of seems like intuitive fruit magic to me). They are actually good for your urinary tract too and help to counter UTIs (and are way easier to eat than cranberries!).

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Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

It didn’t matter what we were having for dinner, growing up, there was always salad on the table. This was before pre-washed, boxed lettuces were as common, so the base was usually leaf lettuce or fresh spinach with green onions sometimes fruit sometimes tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers, sometimes a bit of goat cheese or pine nuts and always lots of lemon juice.

Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

We were really lucky. It meant that we got our greens every day in a world before green smoothies, green supplements, or even kale, as we know it now, anyway. It also meant that we learned to crave fresh veggies from a young age. This didn’t mean we weren’t hitting up the candy store, the DQ or eating pizza pockets on some soccer practice nights, but it was all balanced out most nights of the week.

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