Hello friends! Happy happy Tuesday! Has it been a total paradise weather wise where you live? Here, it has been in the 80s and sunny for the past week! Oh my gosh. That never happens! It is just GORGEOUS!! Right now, I am sitting in the back yard blogging on the patio. Perfection. And with the weather warming up, the shorts and tank tops are coming out. Which means, it is the perfect time to find some new healthy lunch options to keep you looking your summer best! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. All of these recipes are healthy, natural, easy, and no microwave needed! Score!!!
It is officially garden season here!! It has been a rocky road already. I planted most of my seedlings in early May (which, I KNEW was too early but I figured … let’s give it a go). It was all fine and dandy until we got a SNOW/HAIL storm in mid May. Not cool. But, honestly, I didn’t really have any damage to my plants. I covered them up properly over the weekend of snow and they turned out fine. Phew! Now, we have had 80 degree days all week and sun so my plants are finally starting to take off. YAY! So today I am going to show you what all I’ve got growing this year!
Think buffalo chicken meets quinoa … are you drooling yet?!?! In this house, we love buffalo chicken dip. We also love all things hot sauce. (As seen in like half the recipes on here). This recipe brings the delicious spicy goodness of buffalo chicken dip into a healthy, tasty quinoa salad that is perfect for lunches! The kicker? It is vegetarian. Sorry friends, no chicken in this one. I loaded it with veggies, quinoa, and a greek yogurt sauce topped with blue cheese crumbles. DIVINE.
This is one of my favorite things to plant in the spring! A cut again-come again salad bowl garden is the perfect addition to your container garden. It can be as small, or large, as you want it to be AND you can suit it perfectly to your taste buds! You can also plant this in your square foot garden and it works perfectly!! I plant one square (okay, let’s be honest, AND a few containers on the deck) every year to make sure I have enough greens to have plenty of salad all summer long! I really love greens. And, I really love planting them, because they are so easy. So, sometimes, I just keep going, haha. (See below example … 9 squares of salad!)
Homemade pesto? Yes please. My mom is a big time pesto fan, so we used to eat it all the time. I also love pesto, but for whatever reason, I never think to buy it! (wtf is wrong with me?) But, this past weekend when I looked in my freezer and saw loads of basil that I picked all season long and dutifully froze … I realized I needed to do something to use it all up!! I already have new, fresh basil growing for this year (see: one pot herb garden). My mind instantly went back to dinners at mammas house and I knew exactly what I wanted … PESTO!