Lemon-Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

DSC_0052I was going to post something about bread baking today. Then, I realized that if it’s 90 degrees here, it’s probably in the hundreds where most of you are, and none of you want to turn on your ovens.

I don’t blame you. We’re having the kind of weather that makes me anxious about the future, the kind of weather that makes me feel sorry for the dog and her thick double coat, the kind where we have to shut all the windows and close all of the blinds during the day and fling them open at night, desperate for a breeze.

Sure, you can make ice cream. But my favorite recipes involve making a custard on the stove, and who wants to stand over a stove stirring things in this weather? Precisely no one. Continue reading

Summer Corn Salad (meatless, gluten-free, vegan option)

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It’s summertime. We all know that all you want to eat is a giant bowl of vegetables, and those vegetables better not have touched a heat source at any point (apart from maybe a grill). They should be in season, full of flavor and taste basically like sunshine.

In other words, the standards are high. Luckily, I have just the salad for you.

Are you ready for a confession?

This was not going to be a blog post. Originally, this was something I just made with leftovers from the fridge. I had tomatoes. I had a microwaved ear of corn, half an avocado and basil. And, best of all, I had a brand-new ball of smoked mozzarella that I picked up for another recipe that I was suddenly to hot and tired to make.

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Zoodles with Avocado Pesto (Paleo, vegan, gluten-free)

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In CrossFit, there’s a term known as “AMRAP,” which stands for “As Many Rounds As Possible.” The idea is that you repeat a circuit as many times as possible within a given time frame — for example, five deadlifts, 20 squats, 10 pushups and maybe some mountain climbers, as many times as you can for 15 minutes.

When I can’t stomach the meat in Paleo and feel like I need to eat a little lighter, I like to say I’m doing “AMVAP,” which stands for “As Many Vegetables As Possible.”

The reason most diets work is because they increase the amount of fruits and vegetables the person is eating and cut down on processed foods. Continue reading