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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SIMPLE SUMMER FARE

I love the hot days of summer. Sunlight streaming through the windows. The sounds of Cicadas at night. Flowers blooming everywhere. The abundance of fresh produce.

purple summer flowers gardening

As much as I love the hot days outside, I don't want to heat up my home inside anymore than necessary. So I try to simplify my meals and keep the oven off as much as possible. Translate this into I will use any excuse to not spend a lot of time cooking.

Light healthy meals work for me. Today my lunch was avocados stuffed with tuna salad, a stalk of celery, and fresh raspberries. I can bite into a raspberry and immediately be transported back to childhood and my backyard, where raspberry bushes grew wildly. I always use organic fruits and vegetables and/or locally grown as much as possible. I can't stand the thought of all the nasty chemicals they are spraying on conventionally grown produce these days. 

avocados celery tuna salad fresh raspberries

I love smoothies year round, but they are especially wonderful in the summer months. I freeze bananas, and other fruit, add some slivered almonds, some fresh local milk and I have a delicious treat for lunch or an afternoon pick me up while I sit on the patio.

banana strawberry almond smoothie

One of my favorite parts of summer is heading to one of our local farmers markets. I love taking one of my gathering baskets and filling it with local produce. Don't forget your sunhat,sunglasses, and sunscreen. Since I had skin cancer last year, I am especially careful. The top of the head is a very common place for skin cancers to appear. This is a vintage hand painted hat that was my mom's. 

vintage hand painted straw hat

There is always so much to choose from, so I have to really restrain myself as I am cooking for one now, and I have to watch my budget. I definitely don't want any of it to be wasted. I really get excited when the fresh peaches appear. I may or may not be addicted to these.

farmers market South Carolina peaches

Okay, I admit that I may already be thinking about what I will be having for dinner tonight. Did I mention that I love summer?

Do you change your eating habits during the summer? 

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24 comments:

  1. i eat a lot of berries and fruits, too. and chicken salad and tuna salad and cheese on bread. :)

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    1. I love chicken salad, but I am trying to cut down on the bread. It's hard though :)

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  2. Your lunch looks delicious!!! We eat a lot of salads year round - but even MORE so in the summer! I am boiling a couple of eggs right now to add to our salad supper tonight.
    I can remember when fruits and vegetables were so inexpensive! Now I am like you - they are too costly to waste!!

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    1. They are definitely too costly to waste. Even the local fruits and vegetables are high. So worth it though to eat healthy/

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  3. Sure do, Laura. We eat a lot lighter during the summer months. I don't cook nearly as much as I do when it is cooler. xo Diana

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    1. Even with a/c there is just something about summer that seems to make us want to eat lighter.

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  4. In the summer I love meals that are cool...salads, fruit, lots of water!

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  5. I am totally with you, Laura! We eat lighter in the summer and lots of fresh, organic produce is in our diets. We eat a lot of different types of salads in the summer. Tonight I am making BLTs (with nitrate free bacon, organic greens and tomatoes and mayo from Trader Joes that doesn't have hydrogenated oil in it) and our salad is a veggie salad (all organic) with my homemade citrus dressing.

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    1. Your dinner sounds delicious, Melanie. Love Trader Joes.

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  6. I wish we had a Trader Joes. I hear so much about that place.
    Have you always hate healthy Laura?? Do you have an email address where we can email you????

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    1. Hi Debbie, I love Trader Joes. I haven't always been a healthy eater, but I have been working on it for the past 18 years. :) There is a contact form on my sidebar that you can use to contact me or you can also email me at imsovintagelw@gmail.com

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  7. I love summer food - we eat more salads and grilled meats. Easy to plan. We have our own raspberry and blueberry bushes and it always feels like a luxury to me to go out and pick them. Your avocado looks delicious.

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    1. I sure do miss having those raspberry bushes. That avocado was delicious and so healthy :)

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  8. Your lunch of tuna salad stuffed avocados looks so delicious. I would never have thought of that combination. We are just getting into the local produce here, barely, so we still buy imported which is better than nothing. I'm looking forward to fresh local berries and fruit and eating fresh veggies from our garden. I definitely eat healthier in the summer months than in the winter.

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    1. It is a delicious combination, Pamela. How wonderful that you have your own vegetable garden. I sure miss that. :)

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  9. We eat lighter in the warmer weather. Great sunhat

    Cindy

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    1. Isn't that a cute sunhat. My mom has always been so stylish.

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  10. It's not hot in IL, but sure is rainy! Over 16" in less than 20 days. I do love going to my farmers market and revealing in all the great fruits and veggie being offered from local farmers. I love tuna salad in avocados and really could eat one right now...were you teasing me?

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    1. IT is actually going to be in the 70s here over the next week. Those are perfect temps to me. HOpe you have a avocado stuffed with tuna salad kind of day, Cathy :)

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  11. Hi Laura
    Your lunch looks delicious. I love avocados but have never tried tuna salad in them. I also love farmer's markets and bringing home local, fresh produce. I too try not to use my oven on the hottest of days and we tend to cook on the grill in the summer. Have a great weekend!
    Linda

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    1. You should try it, Linda. It really is delicious. There is just something about summer that makes me want to stay out of the kitchen.

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  12. I can tell you really eat healthy! I wish I liked avocados. I know they are so good for you. I guess the only major change in my eating during the summer is our meats are mostly grilled. We also eat more summer vegetables too like corn on the cob and squash.

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    1. I guess avocados are kind of an acquired taste, but they really are healthy for you. :)

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