I love a summertime hang outside with grilled meat, an excuse to eat chips, sipping iced wine, and conversations with semi-tolerable people.
Your pal sets the time and place. So, what can you bring? Well, you’re not in college anymore so NO, you can NOT bring chocolate chip cookies from the bakery at Publix. Even though they are delicious.
Get creative. I think you should make:
What is the surprise? Chunks of cheese. Because cue Beyonce,
Ingredients & Half-Ass Instructions:
What is it? Delicious gluten-free, protein pasta made from chickpeas. Yeah, I know.
Boil and Cool.
Now, kale me crazy, but I love a thick, leafy green to counteract my poor life decisions. Who’s with me? Pick out a fresh 99 cents, organic bundle of joy, wash and chop.
Once upon a time, I used mozzarella balls. That was genius. They are salty and shaped like fun.
However, this time I cubed a block of sharp white cheddar. It felt less adventurous at the time. More appealing to the masses perhaps? I don’t know. It was a selfish mistake. Use Mozz. OR a zesty, full of life pepper jack?
YOU DECIDE. Freedom.
Combine in separate dish:
Squeeze that shit. All of it. Avoid the bitter, soulless seeds.
Pesto overwhelms me. The flavor is bold, but it really balances the citrus. I used roughly 2 tablespoons.
Time to get your drizzle on. No need to measure. Unless you are type A. Whatever, let’s say 1.64 tablespoons. Are you happy, you weirdo?
S & P. (my two favorite spices)
Seriously, all one really needs is a little salt and pepper to make things seem kind of okay.
Coat dressing over pasta and kale. Mix in the cheese of choice and refrigerate.
Below are 3 links to my FAVORITE Summertime Salads.
1 Watermelon Feta Tomato Salad
My BFF Lindsey made this for me when I was squatting at her apartment last month. It was a refreshing heaven after binge drinking rose poolside.
2 Blue Cheese & Beet Potato Salad
My sister Alyson, made this salad for a 4th of July BBQ in 2016 and I cannot stop thinking about it. If I remember correctly she may have added bacon.
Now, this will not be the first time I mention Alyson. If you plan on following along, she will become a very familiar name. She lives in the middle of nowhere, has a 100-year-old sour dough starter, two gorgeous little girls, a freezer full of grass-fed beef, and every guilt free/wheat free flour imaginable. I often seek her advice and beg her to edit these posts. She’s basically blonde Pioneer Woman. They both have that horse girl, cast iron vibe thing going on. We are Irish twins. This means we are only 10 and a half months apart (my poor mother).
Alyson is brilliant. I really would not change one thing about myself, but If I had her intellect to accompany all I have happening for me, I would be UNSTOPPABLE. Like I should consider running for president, unstoppable. But I don’t. SO, I guess I’ll stick to comedy and food commentary.
I DIGRESS. Here’s the recipe:
NOW…. You want a mood enhancer?
3 CHICKEN SALAD
If you’re like me, a rotisserie chicken is a staple on your grocery list. My home girl Betty has a simple recipe. It’s a little plain jane. BUT quick and easy if you want to shake up the boring pulled chicken on spinach with whatever about to expire Kraft dressing, lunch routine.
Next time on Almost Balanced Foodie…
"I’m quitting my job and becoming a cauliflower farmer!"
Side note: I currently don’t have a job, but if I did I would quit because cauliflower is all the rage.
Cheesy bread, rice, pizza crust, pretend mashed potatoes. I'M IN.
Join me next week as I talk strategy. JOKES. But I will share my fav cauli pizza recipes.