The month of August means back to school, harvest time, and changing leaves. It’s also time to gear up for a new month of flavors and recipes
Caprese Zoodle Salad
BY CRYSTAL RAPPLEYE
Zucchini noodles, also known as Zoodles, are simply spiralized zucchini (cut into thin strips, forming long spiral strands). This forms them into noodle shapes, and you can use the basic zucchini noodle recipe to make your favorite low carb pasta!
Zoodles are quick, simple, and, most importantly, healthy to prepare. Making zoodles is significantly faster than boiling regular noodles.
You’ll hardly notice the difference when you top your zoodles with your favorite pasta sauce, and this zoodles recipe is SO much healthier than regular noodles!
4 large zucchini
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup mozzarella balls, halved or quartered
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Make zoodles with a spiralizer.
Marinate zoodles in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Add tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, and basil and toss to combine.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.
Note: Instead of balsamic vinegar, use your favorite Italian dressing. You can also add your favorite olive.
BY HAILEY MINTON, Adapted from Allrecipes.com
I fell in love with lavender lemonade after trying it at the Ogden Farmer’s market years ago. Tasting my first batch of this recipe was a bit of heaven for me. You can add as much of the lavender water as you want until you get your desired lavender flavor. If you don’t use all the lavender water, just add more plain water to equal the 2 cups of the lavender water. The lavender water by itself is a bluish-purple, but watch the lemonade turn pink as you mix it with the rest of the ingredients!
2 cups boiling water
1 cup lavender flowers
2 cups cold water
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a covered pot on the stove. Add the flowers and replace the lid. Let steep 10 minutes. In a pitcher, add the cold water, lemon juice, vanilla, sugar, and lavender water. Add ice and serve.
CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE
BY KRISTINA CASE, Adapted from ifoodreal.com
This is an easy and fast low-carb side dish to add to any meal.
2 green onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. ginger, minced
1/4 cup grated carrots
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen (optional)
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
2 eggs, large
16 oz. bag of cauliflower rice, fresh or frozen
3 Tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
Preheat large ceramic, nonstick skillet on medium-high heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, carrot, and peas and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Push vegetables to the side and add eggs. Cook until scrambled, stirring constantly.
Add cauliflower rice, stir, and cook until warmed through.
Push cauliflower rice to the side and add soy sauce; stir well. Sprinkle with green onion and serve.