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avocados, cucumbers, oats & bbq’s

Two of my most favorite things are avocado and cucumber, especially in the summer.  Cucumbers are so refreshing.  They contain a lot of water which will help to keep you hydrated and they taste good so many different ways.

This week, I was searching some blogs for recipes and came across and Avocado Cucumber Smish Smash from Kristen, so obviously I had to try it out!  Check out her website for the full recipe, but I will tell you that it only contains 4 ingredients!

It is so simple, refreshing and delicious!  You definitely want to give it a try.

I used a whole cucumber and 1 avocado for mine and made a meal out of it on top of a sprouted wheat bagel.

It was really good.

Back up to breakfast…

Thursday night I prepped some overnight oats to enjoy Friday morning and placed them into the fridge to ‘sleep’.

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (i used banana mango!)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 sliced banana

I mixed everything up and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  When I was ready for breakfast, I pulled out a delicious bowl of cold oats.

Topped with a super ripe champagne mango and homemade chai granola.

Chia seeds are a miracle worker…they make the overnight oats!  It was great and really filling.

Dinnertime rolled around and I was ready for some BBQ-ing!  It is perfect BBQ weather today, so we were psyched.

Apps – Hummus, Salsa and Chips

Has anyone tried these chips from TJ’s?  They are great!

And, the main course!

Wild Rice Waldorf Salad, Green Salad with CSA lettuce and honey balsamic dressing and a veggie burger for me!

Lots of good stuff.  I love Friday night’s at home!

summer day bbq

It sure felt like a summer day yesterday, so it was perfect weather for a BBQ!

We started with some homemade Hummus.  I used the recipe out of Clean Food Cookbook, Spring section.

It came out great!  I used extra lemon juice to make it more lemony.

Served with Mary’s crackers and sticks.

For the main course we made up some burgers, salad and grilled veggies.

I mixed up a jam-packed salad with lots of fresh veggies.

Green leaf lettuce with cucumbers, radishes, shredded carrots, dried apples and edamame.

I love my salads full of stuff, so this was perfect.

My favorite thing about BBQ’s in the summer is the grilled veggies.  They are always so fresh!

Baby Eggplant & Peppers drizzled with a little olive oil and balsamic.

We hit up Russo’s in Watertown for all of our produce.  It is so much cheaper than anywhere else.  Plus, I have a trick when I go there!  They have a whole section in the back with “damaged or older” produce as they call it.  Some of the stuff is bad, but others are just fine if you pick through it.  Apples may have a small dent in them, peppers may have one bad part or bananas may be a little overripe.  But, if you don’t mind cutting off the bad part, or using the produce within a day or two (I immediately cut up the bananas and freeze them for smoothies), it is so worth it!  Each pack that they make up is $0.98!!  I practically bought all of our produce for this dinner for under $10!  Normally a red or yellow pepper would run you $3.99 or $4.99 per pound.  I bought all 4 of my huge pepper for $0.98!  And, all of the baby eggplant for $0.98…and a pack of 12 radishes for $0.98.  It is definitely worth it.

We served regular burgers, but I also made up some Vegetarian Lentil Burgers for myself (recipe from 101cookbooks.com).

I followed the recipe exactly, but used green lentils in place of black because that is what I had on hand.

Mix up the cooked lentils and eggs.

Then, add the breadcrumbs and let sit for a few minutes to absorb the liquid from the lentils.

I made these into 9 patties about burger size and grilled them inside in case they fell apart.

Surprisingly, these stuck together great!  Better than any other veggie burgers I have made.  It must be the eggs.  They tasted great, but were a tad bit on the dry side.  Nothing some cheese and/or condiments can’t fix!

I think the meal was a big hit. 🙂

My plate, full of goodies.

It was a wonderful night to sit out on the porch.

Dessert was Pineapple Upside Down Cake made by Emily!

I can’t believe that this was my first time having this cake, I love pineapples and this was amazing!  Especially with a little vanilla bean ice cream.

What a perfect way to end a perfect weekend!