Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides | @naturallyella

I had no intention of really cooking much for the fourth since we were hiding inside (our dog really hates fireworks and it’s easiest just to watch a movie). However, Mack was cool with hanging out with M for the day so I took advantage, went to the farmers market, and got inspired to do a bit of cooking.

Instead of a recipe, I thought I’d share four ideas that I made yesterday. Each one is extremely loose and can easily be adapted to flavors you may like. Summer is the best time to take produce and have fun.

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides
Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Breakfast Radishes | @naturallyella
Armenian Cucumbers

Grilled Radishes | @naturallyella

Grilled Radishes with Armenian Cucumbers and Pearled Couscous

Ingredients I used: Pearled Couscous, Armenian Cucumbers, Breakfast Radishes, Scallions, Feta, Lemon Juice, Champagne Vinegar, Olive oil, and Salt/Pepper.

Saying I love Armenian cucumbers is a bit of an understatement. While these beauties aren’t actually straight cucumbers (just related), the flavor is of a sweet cucumber. I could easily eat grilled radishes with these cucumbers without the couscous (but the couscous makes it more substantial). I already had leftover couscous and just tossed everything together with a drizzle of the vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil. Keep it vegan by ditching the feta or for gluten-free, use quinoa or sorghum.

Grilled Radish and Armenian Cucumber Couscous Salad | @naturallyella

Grilled Corn | @naturallyella
Grilled Corn | @naturallyella

Grilled Sweet Corn

I have a particular way I grill corn that I think is worth the bit of extra effort. I peel back the husk, remove the silk, butter (or olive oil) and sprinkle with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic. Toss is on the grill until the husk is charred and the yellow of the corn has perked up. You can easily eat the corn now, but I peel back the husk and return it to the grill to lightly char.

Grilled Shisito Peppers | @naturalyella

Grilled Shisito Peppers

Toss the shisito peppers with olive oil, soy sauce, honey, and sesame seeds in a cast iron skillet. Cook on the grill, stirring occasionally. (I would typically roast the peppers in this mixture but it’s been 100˚ and I wasn’t about to turn on the oven except to make pie, because pie did happen). I eyeballed the drizzle of each liquid but any extra thickens into a nice sauce.

Tomatoes | @naturallyella
Tomatoes | @naturallyella

Heirloom Tomatoes with Basil

It’s the beginning of July which means I’m starting my overeating tomatoes. This is about the easiest way to serve tomatoes: slice, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh basil, salt, and pepper. Done and done.

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Summer SWEAT Series: Week 4 Nutrition Plan

It's week 4 of the Summer SWEAT Series. Download the meal plan and grocery list and don't forget to checkout Ambitious Kitchen for the workout plan!

Anyone else still sore from last week’s workouts? I seriously got my butt kicked. That tabata workout, though. I’ve done a quite of bit of traveling over the past couple of weeks and I’m not going to lie, sticking to the Summer SWEAT Series 100% has been impossible. The great thing about this program, is…

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Throw a Paleo Summer Shindig!

Throw a Paleo Summer Shindig! by Michelle Tam

Are you unsure of what to make for a summer get-together? Never fear: I’ve got tons of ideas for your own Paleo-friendly party!

Here are my favorite recipes for summer party fare:

Nibbles & Bites


Main Dishes

Drinks & Treats:

Looking for more ideas?

Happy Fourth of July! Eat well and stay safe!

Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).


Weekend reading: Joel Bourne’s The End of Plenty

While celebrating the Fourth of July, why not take time for some thoughtful reading.

Joel K. Bourne, Jr. The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World. WW Norton, 2015.

Here’s my blurb for this one:

The End of Plenty takes a thoroughly researched and exceptionally thoughtful and balanced look at the consequences of industrial farming. Joel Bourne’s courageous conclusion: to feed the world’s burgeoning population, agriculture must change and population increase must stop. His book should convince every reader of the compelling need to address world food problems through more skillful and sustainable agronomy, but also through education, especially of women, and universal family planning.


Central Saint Martins’ bright young jewellers

Central Saint Martins' bright young jewellers

In the late June heat, scores of graduates gathered inside the imposing Granary Building behind London’s King’s Cross, home to the famed Central Saint Martins school of art and design. These bright, young jewellers, at the end of their degree courses, were present to showcase an intriguing array of jewellery designs, from those that […]