Lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer!

I have to say that I have thoroughly been enjoying my summer thus far. I hope you have been too! West Wing Season 2 has commenced. I have been working on expanding my vocabulary. On my frequent strolls throughout the neighborhood, I have come across an elderly man sitting in his lawn chair on his front porch staring off into eternity (or perhaps just the mesmerizing local GB traffic?).

I have also been doing a lot of cooking and baking, and it is great to experiment now while I have the time so that when the school year rolls around I will have some solid recipes in my repertoire. Recently I’ve made a pizza, a deluxe veggie burger, green smoothie and pumpkin zucchini cookies with chocolate chips!

Let it be known right now that I love pizza. I love making all different sorts of pizza with a variety of flavor combinations. For me pizza= why yes, I’d love to go out with you. Thanks for asking.

Anyway, this pizza is a sweet potato spinach pizza with an olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar sauce. And when I say ‘sauce’ I use the term loosely. I just drizzled some olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar on the pre-made dough, spread it around and voilà! Sauce! I then topped it with spinach, mushrooms, green onions, chopped garlic scapes, and goat cheese. The finishing touches were some sprinkled tarragon and cinnamon on top. Taste.

I also made a deluxe veggie burger. The tangy and smooth goat cheese, sweet cinnamon raisin bread, and burger with a bit of a kick really put this over the top! I ended up using a frozen veggie burger and was pleasantly surprised how much flavor it had. I topped it with spinach and blackberry preserves as well, resulting once again in a simple and delicious meal.

There are so many ways to make a healthy green smoothie. The possibilities really are endless! And if you don’t know what a green smoothie is, don’t fret, it is essentially a smoothie in which you add greens to it (generally spinach). This way you get an amazing, bright green color, and some great nutrients as well! And trust me, you don’t taste the spinach at all. This time I made the smoothie with a very ripe frozen banana, frozen mango, some pineapple Chobani yogurt and some almond milk. Oh, and of course spinach! I put all the ingredients in a blender and blended away. Very refreshing.

Lastly, I recently made pumpkin zucchini cookies with chocolate chips. These turned out to be delightfully moist and chewy!

Add some cucumber to your water!

Sydney

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