The official start of summer totally passed me by! But now that I’m done with my summer chemistry class I’m settling into the summer and thinking about all the things I want to do in the next two months. I will hopefully be spending more time cooking delicious things and more time on my blog. There are also some trips I’d like to plan, and housework I need to get jumpstarted. But mostly I’m looking forward to having some downtime and taking some time to feel inspired and get creative.
Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal – I love blueberry season, and finding more ways to have blueberries for breakfast is never a bad idea
Chocolate Pots de Creme – sometimes you need a little chocolate decadence in the summer, and these don’t require turning on the oven, it’s a win-win
Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins – light and tender these muffins are a great start to the day with oats and zucchini in the mix
Coconut Brown Rice Pudding – a great way to use up brown rice in an easy vegan and gluten-free dessert
Emperor’s Rice Salad – a unique twist on a grain salad using nutty black rice
Fresh Blackberry-Plum Crisp – a delicious crisp that highlights fresh, uncooked fruit
Greek Nachos – a healthy option for nachos, this is my favorite kind of snack food in the summer
Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers – bright and refreshing, a great protein option for the summer that pairs well with salads or grilled vegetables
Herb Orzo Salad – an awesome salad that will be perfect after a long day of sun at the beach or the pool
Key Lime Bars – all the refreshing flavor of key lime pie, in the convenience of a bar
Lemony Breakfast Grains with Blueberries and Hazelnuts – the perfect combination with fresh fruit, these breakfast grains will keep you going all morning long
Mediterranean Turkey Meatballs – great on top of salads, as a wrap, or on their own, these are delicious meatballs that spread your meat buck by including lentils in the mixture
Peach Chicken with Peach Bulgur – I’m so excited for peach season! This is a great way to serve peaches in a savory dish
Pimm’s Cup – the perfect refreshing summer cocktail
Pineapple Fried Rice – add a little tropical flair to your fried rice this summer while pineapples are in season
Roasted Asparagus with Red Wine Mushrooms – a delightful way to highlight the vegetables of summer
Savory Zucchini Cakes – perfect for the abundance of zucchini later this summer
Sesame Tahini Cookies – these cookies were one of my best experiments into vegan and gluten-free desserts. I still have cravings for them, and they’re the perfect treat for taking on a bike ride, hike, or road trip this summer.
Souvlaki Chicken – easy, flavorful, versatile–this chicken is going to be on regular rotation
Spiced Eggplant, Chickpea, and Bulgur Salad – a delicious, filling vegetarian-friendly option that’s convenient for workday lunches too
Zucchini, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Cookies – another sneaky way to use up those summer zucchini
You can also find more inspiration for summer recipes here.