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  • Natalye03/09/2014 - 4:39 am

    Um yum! Looks amazing! My go-to in the summer months is a banana, frozen blueberries, greens, soy milk, peanut butter, and flax.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle03/09/2014 - 5:27 am

    I’m 7.5 months pregnant and have a smoothie every morning to try and get enough fruit and vegetables throughout the day. Being vegetarian I find it hard to keep my iron levels up and my protein intake high. I would love to try Vega One blend ins to my daily smoothies!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay03/09/2014 - 5:37 am

    My standard smoothie is half a frozen banana, water, vanilla extract, baby spinach or kale, a handful of berries, and some chia seeds thrown in at the end. Mmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • Chef Portia03/09/2014 - 5:59 am

    Delightful!
    My usual smoothie is spinach, berries, coconut milk, and chia seeds.ReplyCancel

  • Holly03/09/2014 - 6:22 am

    My favorite shake at the moment is one with coconut milk (frozen in cubes), frozen banana, almond butter, cacao powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, collagen powder, and vanilla. To blend it, I add water.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming03/09/2014 - 6:54 am

    spinach, frozen banana, frozen blueberries, almond milk!ReplyCancel

  • Karen03/09/2014 - 7:02 am

    Love, love, love Vega! I just listened to a great interview on Rich Roll’s podcast with Brendan Brazier….loaded with amazing nutritional info. My go to always includes kale, mint…carrots, frozen bananas, bee pollen, hemp protein, vega vanilla, maca and spirulina ! I try to tip the scales to more veggies than fruits Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia A.03/09/2014 - 7:11 am

    My go to breakfast shake is protein powder, maca powder, fiber powder, fresh kale, frozen or fresh blueberries and cucumber.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin03/09/2014 - 7:17 am

    i love vega! my favorite shake is frozen banana, almond butter, chocolate chips, and a splash of unsweetened almond milk.

    ps- i can completely relate to your feelings about this summer. i’ve had a similar experience. but things are looking up ;)ReplyCancel

  • Saniel03/09/2014 - 7:19 am

    To boost my immunity I go for chocolate turmeric milk. Root turmeric white or yellow, 1cup unsweetened nut milk, 1tablespoons each carob and raw coco powder, few dates, splash of vanilla/almond powder and a frozen banana. Blend sometimes I add spinach or hemp seeds. Adding VEGA-ONE powder would boost it up more. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Connie03/09/2014 - 7:36 am

    LOVE Vega products! I bought three BOXES of snack bars…. I inhaled them…. all of them…I didn’t share… I ate ALL of them! I’m buying more now, so that I can share “)
    Morning smoothies – frozen banana, frozen pineapple or berries , chia seeds, hemp seeds, spinach, oatmeal, macha powder
    , almond milkReplyCancel

  • Shoshana03/09/2014 - 7:41 am

    Believe it or not, I have never made a smoothie or shake. I can guarantee that the first one that I make will definitely involve chocolate :-)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle03/09/2014 - 7:44 am

    My smoothies usually start with a handful of cashews, a handful of spinach or kale, a banana, a good portion of fresh ginger, and then whatever fresh or frozen fruit I have on hand (lately it has been peaches!) I mix in water to blend it up.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Love03/09/2014 - 7:49 am

    as a vegetarian I cannot fully describe my love for Vega One protein powder! my go to smoothie is definitely a banana, chocolate vega one protein powder, and a scoop of peanut butter!ReplyCancel

  • Pre03/09/2014 - 7:53 am

    Frozen banana, blueberries, fresh spinach, ground flax, almond milk, water, ice and a scoop of plant based protein. YUM! This delicious combo is filling my cup and my belly as I type. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Maddie (Hungry Curious)03/09/2014 - 8:04 am

    Love this so much! Such pretty photos :) Lately I’ve been experimenting with matcha too; I usually throw in a frozen banana, and forzen mango and strawberries with some almond milk or water. So easy and tasty!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie03/09/2014 - 8:09 am

    I am all about frozen bananas, frozen berries, spinach, almond milk, cinnamon, and maybe an occasional tbsp of peanut butter…yum!ReplyCancel

  • Lacey03/09/2014 - 8:22 am

    I like my smoothies simple – spinach, banana, unsweetened soy milk, hemp hearts, and whatever other fresh or frozen fruit I have on hand.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Renaud03/09/2014 - 8:22 am

    With the cold season coming I like to make myself oat milk to use as a base for my smoothies. So this is one of my favourite strawberries, oat milk, bresilian nuts, red pepper, pomegranate seeds and maple syrup. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • ali03/09/2014 - 8:39 am

    this matcha smoothie sounds awesome. Like my smoothies with peanut butter and chocolate (protein powder!), lots of greens, some blueberries, homemade oat or almond milk!ReplyCancel

  • Smadar03/09/2014 - 8:41 am

    That looks so yummy!

    My daily smoothie for the last 3 years has been made of a banana, unsweetened chocolate almond milk, ground flax, and peanut butter. Simple and filling.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole03/09/2014 - 8:49 am

    My go to smoothie is a big handful of cabbage, half a cucumber (it really adds a nice freshness), frozen berries, hemp hearts, fish oil and a bit of water.ReplyCancel

  • Kim03/09/2014 - 8:53 am

    I do the same smoothie everyday: kale, almond milk, vegan protein (the Vega vanilla is the best!), frozen banana and some frozen mango. Sometimes if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll toss in some chias too!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth03/09/2014 - 8:59 am

    I’ve been on a green smoothie a day kick since I got a Vitamix (best purchase ever) but my standard could use some nutritional/protein boosting. My favorite is coconut water, kale, peach, honeydew (sub apples and pears + a lemon in the winter).ReplyCancel

  • Danielle L03/09/2014 - 9:04 am

    Mmm… This post has inspired me to finally try matcha powder. I’d love to shake up my routine even more and try Vega One too!

    I have lots of go-to smoothies, but my fall favorite is a cooked and cooled sweet potato blended with Greek yogurt, banana, almond milk, pumpkin pie spices, honey and ice. So tasty– who needs pumpkins? :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay03/09/2014 - 9:11 am

    Banana peanut butter!ReplyCancel

  • molly yeh03/09/2014 - 9:13 am

    holy buckets these photos are gorgeous, laura! and matcha + mint?! sign me up. my typical go-to smoothie = anything with a ton of peanut butter.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda03/09/2014 - 9:14 am

    My go to? Simple: 1/2 apple, spinach/romaine/kale/chard (a cup or two), chia and hemp (1 tbsp each), 1/2 cup cucumber (we have an abundance in our garden to use!), and then 1/4 avocado (cause healthy fats are key!), I use water and lemon, but I would suggest almond milk but I am cheap and save that for other things!

    I would add Vega to it as well, the Vanilla is my all time fav, however I am doing a sugar detox currently and stevia is a no-go, alas when I finish this detox (in 18 days) I am stoked to get Vega back in my life!ReplyCancel

  • Claire (Eat Well. Party Hard.)03/09/2014 - 9:18 am

    I know this baby’s gonna be paaaaaaacked, but I can’t help myself–it’s just too good of a prize ;)

    I always mix up berries + peanut butter–specifically, strawberries + peanut butter–with some soymilk and stevia. It gets REAL close to tasting like the sugary, fruity cereals I used to love as a kid, but with all the goodness of real food.

    Hope all’s well where you are!ReplyCancel

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven03/09/2014 - 9:42 am

    These look absolutely beautiful. And they sound like the perfect way to get your day off to a healthy start. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim03/09/2014 - 9:43 am

    I adore the fact that you love Vega even more because its Canadian because thats’s actually one of the (many) reasons I love your blog (even more)

    Vega One is already a part of my everyday routine but I haven’t had the chance to dig into the bars yet (and would love to I might add!)

    My “go-to” Vega shake is almond milk, water, Vega One (Natural Flavour), spinach, banana, cocoa powder, goji berries, maca, chia seeds, and finally ice. I know right? I cram in as many super foods as my blender will allow. The chocolate and banana flavour shine through and trick me into thinking I’m having a chocolate banana milkshake. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Martina Soos03/09/2014 - 9:44 am

    I absolutely loooove using mint (and vega!) in smoothies. And mixing them with berries, banana, avocado, greens, lime and nut milk. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley03/09/2014 - 9:47 am

    THESE PHOTOS. I’m kind of lost with my smoothie mixes lately. Can’t put my finger on a favorite and haven’t really made any that were awesome. This looks like a major win.ReplyCancel

  • Kayla03/09/2014 - 9:57 am

    I use Vega One everyday too! There is no other protein powder like it. The added probiotics are amazing and really effective. I have been making this smoothie:

    decaf cold coffee, non-dairy milk, frozen figs, scoop of vega chai, ice, cocoa powder, stevia.

    it tastes like a coffee milkshake, but its so tasty and really low in added sugar..ReplyCancel

  • Margaret03/09/2014 - 9:58 am

    My go to smoothie is spinach, frozen banana, whatever fruit I have (usually frozen berries) with some water or almond milk :DReplyCancel

  • Amanda03/09/2014 - 9:58 am

    My favorite blended combo is a cup of cranberries, a cup of whatever greens I have on hand, 2 cups of almond milk, and a scoop of chocolate flavored protein powder. Plus some ice cubes of course!ReplyCancel

  • Amy03/09/2014 - 10:01 am

    My current smoothie is frozen banana, frozen berries, frozen roasted beets, carob powder, vanilla protein powder, flax, and milk or milk-type liquid.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Hendrix03/09/2014 - 10:04 am

    My go-to involves spinach or kale, berries of some sort, bananas, nut milk and chia seeds. I would love more ideas, though! :)ReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens03/09/2014 - 10:09 am

    I’ve tried VEGA only once, and unfortunately it wasn’t a very good experience. I think the person making my shake got the proportions wrong though- nothing else can explain the horrible powdery texture of my smoothie! I’m happy to give VEGA another whirl with this recipe though! I love anything that involves matcha, it’s soo delicious!! Also, great to hear that you are refocusing on wellness!ReplyCancel

  • Kerianne03/09/2014 - 10:15 am

    I’m super addicted to your Green Drink and my 17 month old can’t get enough of it! This sounds delicious and we’d love to win the VEGA package – ready to change things up and feel healthier! Thx :)ReplyCancel

  • autumn03/09/2014 - 10:45 am

    Real-talk: I do not have a go-to healthy smoothie combo :) I have been wanting to try a smoothie bowl for a while though and this one sounds great!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca03/09/2014 - 10:45 am

    My favorite standard smoothie (if I have all of the ingredients) is spinach/kale, cilantro, frozen mango, ginger, lime juice, and perhaps some yogurt or hemp or chia seeds to thicken it up. Thanks for having this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Gina03/09/2014 - 10:51 am

    I like a Vega protein/peanut butter/frozen banana smoothie after a tough workout. I put some greens in, too, for extra nutrition. Fills me up, takes care of my recovering muscles!ReplyCancel

  • Grace03/09/2014 - 11:06 am

    LOVE this. I make a very similar smoothie when I’m craving my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream. The fresh mint in a smoothie is killer!! Lately I’ve had the same acai, greens, spirulina, brazil nut, banana, hemp, soy yogurt smoothie thing going on almost daily for breakfast. But for a pick me up or treat, definitely mint chip or maca date smoothies. I’ll be making this one soon, just as soon as I get my hands on more mint.ReplyCancel

  • Britt03/09/2014 - 11:07 am

    Wow I love all of these new smoothie ideas!! My go-to breakfast smoothie involves a banana, frozen blueberries, a ton of kale or spinach, fresh mint, hemp seeds, yogurt, and coconut water.ReplyCancel

  • Tamar Kagan03/09/2014 - 11:18 am

    Your smoothie/bowl sounds delicious – I will definitely try that combo of ingredients! I’ve never tried Vega One but use Vega, Protein Smoothie, Oh Natural flavor combined with spinach, chia seeds, sometimes a bit of flax oil, a ripe banana and frozen mango or pineapple, and on occasion I throw in a little avocado or a spoonful of sunflower butter, and I mix it with water!ReplyCancel

  • Michele03/09/2014 - 11:55 am

    My go to right now is spinach, red cabbage, wild blueberries, banana and pineapple. Hemp seeds and chia seeds and some maca powder.ReplyCancel

  • Heather03/09/2014 - 12:11 pm

    Photos and recipe are incredible per usual! My go-to smoothie is orange and vibrant — pineapple + mango + turmeric + ginger + fresh squeezed OJ + avocado + hemp seeds + water to thin as necessary! Some of that vanilla VEGA ONE sounds like a stellar addition if I do say so myself.ReplyCancel

  • Clare03/09/2014 - 12:12 pm

    When I was in school the best afternoon pick me up and study snack combined was kale, pear, cucumber, celery, ginger, banana, parsley and whatever hemp or flax was laying around!ReplyCancel

  • Susan03/09/2014 - 12:13 pm

    I like pineapple, strawberry, mango, blueberry, spinach with almond milk, chia seeds, and a bit of protein powder. It’s my go to after a hot run.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor03/09/2014 - 12:17 pm

    Hi! I have been drinking the Vegaone french vanilla the last two weeks and am hooked for life! Literally I haven’t felt this great all year and it has taken my mountain biking and trail running to a whole new level.

    My favorite add ins with it lately have been:

    -knob of turmeric root/ginger root

    ORRRR get really chocolatey with tons of cocoa powder and strawberries! mmmm…

    I’m going to make one right meow!ReplyCancel

  • Libby03/09/2014 - 12:28 pm

    I like to combine whatever I have on hand, which usually includes spinach, banana, coconut milk or water, frozen berries, yogurt, flaxseed meal, and – if I’m lucky – a peach or nectarine. I’d like to experiment with more savory flavors of shakes, too.ReplyCancel

  • Christine03/09/2014 - 1:07 pm

    I always have my homemade kefir with a frozen banana and add whatever other frozen fruits I have in the fridge including peaches, berries, pineapple, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Jules03/09/2014 - 1:12 pm

    Looks really nice! I use Kale, frozen banana, strawberry, hemp protein, bee pollen, chia seed, and a small amount of honey, depending on the amount of kale used.ReplyCancel

  • Millie l Add A Little03/09/2014 - 1:13 pm

    The bowls look amazing! I love the vibrant colour and all the delicious toppings!ReplyCancel

  • Erika03/09/2014 - 1:27 pm

    My go-to smoothie is three whole cups of spinach, then some almond milk, frozen raspberries, a banana, a dollop of peanut butter, and some Greek yogurt. SO good.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn03/09/2014 - 1:31 pm

    I agree on needing to hit refresh and get back into some good habits! One of which being smoothies… My go-to is almond milk, spinach (etc), frozen fruit (banana, berries, pineapple), flax meal or hemp seeds, and a dollop of sunbutter. Sometimes some cacao powder for a treat. Mmm.ReplyCancel

  • Brooklynn03/09/2014 - 1:53 pm

    I’m a big fan of almond milk, hemp protein, matcha green tea, kale, ice and honey.ReplyCancel

  • Anya03/09/2014 - 1:54 pm

    Oooo… I will have to make this! Thank you so much for your continual inspiration! :) Hmmm.. even though it’s really difficult to pick a favorite, I would have to say: Avocado, spinach, banana, cucumber, lime juice, frozen pineapple, frozen mango, aloe, wheatgrass, coconut water, hemp seeds, and topped with bee pollen. Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • M@03/09/2014 - 1:57 pm

    I really like rice milk, frozen bananas, hemp protein, maca powder, swiss chard, blueberries, cinnamon and iceReplyCancel

  • Amber03/09/2014 - 2:05 pm

    I have oral allergy syndrome and lots of times when I make a smoothie I get a swollen lip. Frozen strawberries and mangos seem to be OK n cause no swollenness, I like to blend them up with soymilk and some choco protein powder.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis03/09/2014 - 2:15 pm

    My favorite smoothie blend:
    5-6 ice cubes
    1 banana
    1 cup almond milk
    1 scoop Vega protein powder
    2 T peanut butter
    1 t Vega chlorella
    2 T cashews
    1 T chia seeds
    1 T cocoa nibs
    1 T hemp seedsReplyCancel

  • Clare03/09/2014 - 2:18 pm

    During uni I had to whip up some fuel that was fast and easy! Go to was: kale, half banana, pear, cucumber, celery, parsley, lemon, pinch of cayenne and whatever superfood I could find at the time!ReplyCancel

  • Spring03/09/2014 - 2:28 pm

    One of my fav smoothies: soaked almonds, water, greens, banana, berries, chia seeds.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine03/09/2014 - 2:35 pm

    I use Pea Protein powder, soy milk, lots of ice, any fruit (but preferably blueberries), spinach, and a little vanilla flavor, to cover up the powder taste. Sometimes I use cocoa & add a Truvia or 2. (Hoping to kick the crazy sweet cravings some day!!)
    Love reading everyone else’s replies. Going to have to break out & try something different.ReplyCancel

  • Saskija03/09/2014 - 2:39 pm

    Right now my favorite smoothie consists of beet, carrot, nut milk, banana and greens (usually organic kale). It’s so good and pumps me up for the day. Today I’ve tried something different, tahini, vanilla, banana and water. It’s almost like an ice cream. I found the recipe in a raw food recipe book. Delicous and more like a desert.ReplyCancel

  • Patrick Steed03/09/2014 - 3:00 pm

    Muscle Milk and some bread, fruit or granola bar OR water melon and milk, honey and vanilla protein powder.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Lacourciere03/09/2014 - 3:03 pm

    I love a creamy smoothie. 1 scoop of vanilla VEGA, banana, yogurt and icecubes.ReplyCancel

  • Patrick Steed03/09/2014 - 3:04 pm

    Muscle Milk or water melon smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Sara03/09/2014 - 3:05 pm

    I like to blend frozen banana, blueberries, spinach, and almond milk, and then add some supplements like protein powder, maca, and spirulina.ReplyCancel

  • Hunter Jones03/09/2014 - 3:10 pm

    My smoothie of choice these days consists of:
    -organic banana
    -soy milk
    -spinach/kale
    -coco powder
    -cinnomon/nutmeg
    -raw honey
    -carrot juice

    At times I’ll switch up the fruit and add in blueberries or strawberries.

    All of these are great with some vega nutritional shake included! Good start to any morning, late night snack or after workout drink!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine E03/09/2014 - 3:38 pm

    I have a few favorite smoothie combos (obviously!!), but they are all pear based. I always have frozen pears in my freezer, as I’m not a banana fan but pears give you a similar thickness and perfect sweetness. To all smoothie bases I add almond milk, chia, spirulina powder, protein powder (I use SunWarrior), then I’ll add a 2 tablespoons of homemade pistachio butter which makes it taste just like pistachio icecream! or, I add Barleans Greens chocolate flavor, which also makes tastes like a chocolate milkshake! my 2 ultimate favorite combos :)ReplyCancel

  • yp03/09/2014 - 4:12 pm

    So far my magic bullet has served me well – until its time to get a new awesomer mixer I use it to blend my go to smoothie:
    1 fresh banana, couple pieces frozen banana, frozen blueberries, almond milk, clean and lean food supplement, chia seeds, drop of coconut oil and drop of raw honey.
    PS – I am completing a juice cleanse tonight and cant wait to incorporate more raw items and green juice into my diet (I am lactose intolerant, therefore thinking about going paleo)

    Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Dana03/09/2014 - 5:04 pm

    Not the most original, but so easy and delish.. Perfect for grad students on a budget. My go-to smoothie is 1 banana, a scoop of cacao powder, almond milk, chia seeds, and some ice. Blend and voila! ohh and some peanut butter if you’re feeling extra indulgent.ReplyCancel

  • Krista03/09/2014 - 5:13 pm

    My fav is unsweetened vanilla almond milk …..vega chocolate protein …..1/2 banana or avocado and frozen cherriesReplyCancel

  • Ellen03/09/2014 - 5:32 pm

    That looks wonderful! My smoothie is pretty simple: just spinach, coconut milk, and a banana. I used to add whey for some protein but it bothers my stomach now; I’ve been looking into non-dairy alternatives and I’d love to try Vega-One!ReplyCancel

  • Katie03/09/2014 - 5:45 pm

    I LOVE VEGA!! i just finished my first tub of the nutritional shake. its a little pricey so I cant bring myself to purchase again right now, but I LOVED the product. Would be a dream to win it!ReplyCancel

  • Katie03/09/2014 - 5:48 pm

    whoops! forgot to say my favorite combo: right now ive been pretty simple- kale, frozen banana, full fat coconut milk, almond milk and powder :)ReplyCancel

  • Chantal03/09/2014 - 6:19 pm

    My absolute favorite morning smoothie recipe: spinach, kale, banana, blueberries, coconut water, cashew milk, maca, double ginger. Would be even better with a scoop of VEGA :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole R.03/09/2014 - 6:41 pm

    I don’t tend to go back to the same smoothie over and over again – the beauty of smoothies is that you don’t have to! But, a favorite combination is greens + coconut milk + banana + frozen pineapple. Chia seeds, oats, tablespoon of rum all optional.

    I have tried and like Vega but it is just too expensive for me to continue! I liked to use the vanilla in a “frappucino” – vanilla vega, banana, iced coffee, ice.ReplyCancel

  • Kate03/09/2014 - 6:49 pm

    My favourite basic smoothie combo is kale, water, mango, pineapple, coconut oil, and vanilla Vega protein powder. Super refreshing and tropical and awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Ellis03/09/2014 - 7:01 pm

    I love a protein powder/yogurt/triple berry shake in the morning. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    fairyfractal at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Maj-le03/09/2014 - 7:08 pm

    Bananas, avocado, protein powder, cocoa powder, coconut oil, almond milk, water and a dash of something sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy03/09/2014 - 7:11 pm

    My breakfast smoothie: frozen mixed berries, almond milk, chia seeds, collagen powder, protein, and cinnamon.ReplyCancel

  • Jovahnni Gordon03/09/2014 - 7:14 pm

    I normally go for a pineapple mango smoothie with almond milk, wheat grass, kale, and chia seeds ^.^ i’ll have it with breakfast or in between meals.ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra03/09/2014 - 7:28 pm

    I implore you to try my go-to shake, and then love it so much you’ll pick me as the winner hehehe…. Check it out: spinach, cucumber, mango, mint!, and just a little avocado, and the liquid is freshly juiced apple! You’re gonna love it!ReplyCancel

  • Pineapple03/09/2014 - 7:47 pm

    my go to smoothie is almond milk, frozen mango pieces, macs powder, protein powder (either Vega or Amazing Grass), and frozen berries.ReplyCancel

  • Madeline03/09/2014 - 7:53 pm

    I’ve recently been making a spinach, pear, ginger and lemon breakfast smoothie with flax from a recipe I found on The Kitchn. Love it! A bright, refreshing way to start the day!ReplyCancel

  • Val03/09/2014 - 8:10 pm

    1/4 cup each of frozen avocado, cherries, and peaches with a scoop of VegaOne vanilla chai and unsweetened almond milk, topped with hippie cheerios / flax puffs.ReplyCancel

  • Monica03/09/2014 - 8:45 pm

    Apple-beet-carrot-orange-pepita-spinach with a few frozen berriesReplyCancel

  • sarah03/09/2014 - 8:54 pm

    kale and berries!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley03/09/2014 - 10:03 pm

    My go to snack these days consists of an overnight muesli with oats and chia, then topped with cacao nibs and a sprinkling of stevia and spirulina! so, so yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon03/09/2014 - 10:21 pm

    My favorite go-to smoothie? That’s a really tough question! I do at least 1-2 smoothies every day and I like to keep them different. But one of my all-time favorites is made with frozen pear slices, almond milk, vanilla, sunbutter, dash of cinnamon and ice. Sometimes I’ll add vanilla protein powder to it, but it really doesn’t need it for taste.ReplyCancel

  • Daria03/09/2014 - 10:24 pm

    Vega is the best part of my daily breakfast routine. I practice yoga early in the am and crave some truly nutritional breakfast after.
    I’m all about cacao, so my favorite smoothie bowl is (I hooked quite a few friends on it):
    Flex, cacao, vega, califia almond&coconut milk, frozen berries, banana topped with goji, cacao nibs, bee pollen, shredded coconut, almonds, hemp and fresh berries.. I know, there is a lot going on there, but it’s sooooooo good!ReplyCancel

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors03/09/2014 - 11:05 pm

    I love starting every morning with a green smoothie – way too much spinach, plant protein, 1/3 frozen banana, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbs. chia seeds and 1/4 cup frozen raspberries. Perfect way to start the day! I don’t use whey protein so Vega is definitely part of my routine!ReplyCancel

  • Katie03/09/2014 - 11:05 pm

    absolutely LOVE vega products. I loveee the vega one flavors, but also am a big fan of the recovery accelerator after a tough workout! I’ll throw a scoop of the accelerator apple berry flavor into the vitamix, blend with whatever frozen fruit I have on hand (my fav combo is mixed berries), almond milk, a little apple cider vinegar, handful of greens, and tart cherry juice. FOR THE WIN!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah P03/09/2014 - 11:13 pm

    Ooh, I love this breakfast bowl recipe! Looks delish! Our favorite blender juice is beets, carrots, orange, ginger, and apple. I also love a simple kale, apple, lemon, and ginger, OR carrots, pineapple, orange, ginger. Those are our go-tos! I’d love to try Vega One for some added nutrition :)ReplyCancel

  • Ana04/09/2014 - 12:00 am

    Spinach, frozen bananas, nuts and some kind of protein powder.ReplyCancel

  • Bon04/09/2014 - 12:01 am

    It’s been inspiring to hear what everyone puts in their smoothies, and to learn what matcha was (yum!).
    My daily smoothie is often my salad sub: carrot celery, apple (or orange), kale, brocolli, deeseeded cucumber, baby spinach, frozen blueberries, maybe a smidge of ginger. Add water and ice; and some almonds for a creamier texture.

    Since i’m a huge fan of beetroot and chocolate in cake, I thought Amanda’s smoothie needed a mention (along with her lovely blog, Easy Peasy Organic)
    http://www.easypeasyorganic.com/2010/08/he-drank-smoothie.html
    Not sure how to vegan-ise it and keep the tang of the greek yoghurt though- maybe cashews and a dash of lemon?

    Well, I’m off to water my mint- i want it to be prolific enough to harvest 1/4 cup ( and to withstand summer mojito making). :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nik@ABrownTable04/09/2014 - 12:12 am

    My favorite smoothie, is fresh strawberries with coconut milk and raw ginger (sometimes, I might add a little raw turmeric). I don’t add any sugar but it’s sweet enough if the berries are fresh.ReplyCancel

  • Chef Portia04/09/2014 - 1:00 am

    That and, as a health-conscious athlete, I’m a major fan of the Vega Sport protein powder. It’s on the pricey side, but if you’re forbidden to have whey and whatnot (sigh), it’s the best I’ve tried. Add some coconut milk and it’s downright tasty.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan04/09/2014 - 1:20 am

    As the season changes and life needs demand to be met, I find myself pulling out the blender more often, as well. I always throw in whatever greens I have on hand, seeing that they’re virtually tasteless and you can never go wrong with an extra handful of veggies. Lately I’ve been digging this riff on an Almond Joy: coconut milk, almond extract, toasted almonds and coconut chips, cocoa powder/nibs, and some raw oats. Bland it up, and you’ve got a healthy molten candy bar.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie04/09/2014 - 1:32 am

    My go to is super simple! Vega french vanilla, water, and frozen berrie blends to keep it cool! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • sophie wolanski04/09/2014 - 2:19 am

    Morning smoothie — CELERY, half a BEET (candy beets keep it from turning the whole thing pink!), half a frozen BANANA, one DATE, dash of YOGURT + home made cinnamon ALMOND MILK, dash of COCONUT WATER, MACA, HEMP seeds, bee POLLEN – optional extras to mix it up:greens/sunflower seeds/cacao/frozen strawbs

    The celery, banana and coconut water combo keep me hydrated in the heat as I work outdoors, and the bee pollen keeps the allergies away when working in the field! Would love to add some VEGA to this to amp up the protein intake :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny04/09/2014 - 2:30 am

    I love all green smoothies! The matcha addition looks especially delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Woodland04/09/2014 - 3:25 am

    Tried it this morning, the macha / banana gives it a very subtle and complex sweetness. Love it! One of the better green ones. No vega thou, went with some general hemp / rosehip blend. GREAT!ReplyCancel

  • Julia04/09/2014 - 5:58 am

    LAURA!! k, so i made your smoothie yesterday.. MINDBLOWN. i added a ripe avocado. brilliant combo. i have been looking for a green/matcha smoothie, that is tasty, for awhile. well done lady. another fave combo of mine is, frozen cherries, almond butter, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, vanilla, VEGA one + almond milk. THANK YOU Laura!!!! I’m going to make your smoothie bowl again this morning!! WHOOT-WHOOT ;)ReplyCancel

  • Anne M.04/09/2014 - 8:31 am

    Love a peanut butter banana smoothie with almond milk and lots of spinach! Vega One sounds like an awesome addition to any smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Eric W.04/09/2014 - 9:21 am

    My goto smoothie mixture is Vega sport protein-chocolate, banana, dark chocolate almond milk, peanut butter, tahini, and some ice. Very creamy, delicious blend,ReplyCancel

  • Kate04/09/2014 - 10:20 am

    My go to breakfast smoothie/shake usually involves whatever fruit was on sale at the store, some vanilla whey protein, and almond milk. All the peaches I’ve found have made for peaches and cream-tasting smoothies for days!ReplyCancel

  • Luna04/09/2014 - 11:04 am

    What a great recipe. Will be trying it soon!

    My absolute favorite super smoothie blends up ripe mango, beet juice, frozen bananas, ginger for a kick, turmeric for all is wonderful benefits, and then get goji berries and cacao nibs sprinkled on top. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria R04/09/2014 - 11:11 am

    My go to shake is chocolate protein, 1/2 banana, cherries, spinach.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria R04/09/2014 - 11:21 am

    My go to shake is chocolate protein, almond milk, 1/2 banana, cherries, spinach.ReplyCancel

  • Madeline04/09/2014 - 1:05 pm

    My new favorite smoothie blend is frozen bananas, almond butter, blueberries, dates, and milk :)ReplyCancel

  • The Naked Fig04/09/2014 - 1:14 pm

    These look AMAZING!!! My favorite smoothie combo is cherry brazilnut. Also vega is the bombReplyCancel

  • Kerry04/09/2014 - 1:15 pm

    Lately I’ve been loving banana, frozen pineapple, frozen mango, ginger, lime juice, coconut water, almond milk, chia seeds and hemp protein powder.ReplyCancel

  • Bev Giberson04/09/2014 - 1:47 pm

    I have shakes in the evening after I workout and to help minimize my evening snacking, so my go-to shake is often chocolate with plain almond milk and a little bit of mint extract.

    It’s super yummy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sherry04/09/2014 - 2:20 pm

    Wow, I really love seeing everyone’s smoothie ideas here – thanks, Laura! This has been SUCH a huge smoothie summer for us, even more than usual: our Vitamix is like a family member now (albeit a really noisy one). Lately we have been alternating between green and orange: a combination of frozen banana, pineapple/kiwi, fresh ginger, spinach, hemp seeds, matcha, homemade almond+oat+brown rice milk (new combination – we like it) is enjoyed pretty often; other times it’s banana (always!), carrot, mango/peach/muskmelon, fresh ginger+turmeric, coconut oil and flax (plus, you know, a couple of dates if we feel sweet-indulgent). Yum: we feel pretty good these days!ReplyCancel

  • Karla04/09/2014 - 2:57 pm

    I whirled up some rhubarb, raspberry, coconut milk smoothies this summer with chia or flax and maybe a handful of greens. Great flavour!ReplyCancel

  • Abby04/09/2014 - 4:19 pm

    I have been digging coconut water, collards, chia and pineapple lately. Vega would be the perfect addition! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen B04/09/2014 - 5:22 pm

    My go-to shake is chocolate vega one with almond milk, almond butter, sprinkle of cayenne pepper, chia seeds, and ice!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen04/09/2014 - 5:23 pm

    I love vanilla protein + pumpkin + nutmeg + almond butter + chia!ReplyCancel

  • Reesa04/09/2014 - 5:54 pm

    Oh! I’m in smoothie heaven right now with my new blender and excellent seasonal fruit!

    Most recent favourite combination includes coconut water, almond milk, French Vanilla Vega One, cantaloupe and peaches. Um, YUM. Love to win the Vega prize!ReplyCancel

  • leslie04/09/2014 - 6:27 pm

    wow! vega products are the best! i’m pretty boring with my smoothies, a variety of fruit making sure there is always a citrus (orange, pineapple) and some kind of green like kale or collards. having super picky eaters in the house i finally got them to eat smoothies so i sneak as much goodness in as possible. i find the vega shakes, even all by themselves keep me energized longer than any brand i have ever tried before, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Beth R.04/09/2014 - 6:33 pm

    I love smoothies! I love the combination of blueberries, lemon and fresh ginger. I also made a delicious cherry-limeade concoction and it was magical!ReplyCancel

  • jessica j04/09/2014 - 6:47 pm

    I like vega one vanilla chai, with 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup pure pumpkin, 8oz non dairy milk of choice, and 1/2-1tsp pumpkin pie spice.ReplyCancel

  • Jenalle04/09/2014 - 6:54 pm

    1. This looks amazing. Actually, it IS amazing – I’m drinking it right now. Perfect dinner.
    2. Perfect dinner after I admittedly ate a giant sausage-on-a-bun street meat for lunch…if it was loaded with saurkraut does it count for anything?
    3. Thanks for your transparency in your challenges with work/life balance. I can relate, and it’s tough. Working, sleeping, socializing, resting, AND eating sensibly don’t always jive (read: street-meat lunch).
    4. The harvest is a time of new beginnings. Feeling a stirring is natural – knowing change needs to happen in order to support my mental and physical health. I made some new ‘fall resolutions’ this week in an effort to achieve that I’m striving for (that is when I now WHAT I’m striving for!).
    5. My current go-to green smoothie is tons of kale and spinach, mango, frozen banana, a big chunk of ginger, almond milk, water kefir, and the juice of 1 lime. It could use a protein boost which I have yet to figure out.
    6. Hoping you transition out of your ‘meh’ smoothly and effortlessly. Remember to call on supports when required, and to not be too hard on yourself. You got this.ReplyCancel

  • jeanne04/09/2014 - 7:17 pm

    My go-to is a frozen banana, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder. Simple but I never get sick of it!ReplyCancel

  • Emily04/09/2014 - 8:49 pm

    I put pineapple, mixed berries, spinach, almond milk, and hemp powder in my morning smoothies. Can’t wait to try this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Beth04/09/2014 - 8:57 pm

    My fav smoothie is coconut milk, banana, spinach or kale, blueberries, cinnamon, hemp seeds, and maybe some protein powder:)ReplyCancel

  • Jordan D04/09/2014 - 10:10 pm

    I love using pumpkin puree in my smoothies. I usually freeze cubes and blend it with almond milk, vanilla protein powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little stevia, and if I need extra greens I’ll throw in some spinach. Perfect for warm fall days.ReplyCancel

  • kristie @ birchandwild.com04/09/2014 - 11:06 pm

    I go for a morning brain boost that also supports my adrenal glands: frozen banana, almong milk, soaked walnuts, spinach, maca root, buckwheat sprouts and vega one vanilla!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia04/09/2014 - 11:20 pm

    Love this smoothie recipe! I love putting frozen bananas, almond milk, dates, chia and hemp seeds, and spinach as a base in my smoothies, then whatever other flavour I feel like- frozen berries or peanut butter and cocoa powder, for instance.ReplyCancel

  • Carone04/09/2014 - 11:24 pm

    My go-to smoothie when I’m in a rush is Vega One original with peanut butter, frozen banana and water. My more time consuming go-to is greens (whatever we have- spinach, kale, chard, beet greens…), blueberries, frozen banana, hemp protein and spirulina and water. Can’t wait to try your smoothie!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Murphy05/09/2014 - 12:23 am

    The very best smoothie in the world to me is fortunately extra simple: Oat milk, dark sweet cherries, and a big spoonful of tahini.ReplyCancel

  • Logan05/09/2014 - 1:27 am

    I’ve been trying to put on weight recently (hopefully it will end up as muscle), so here’s my smoothie recipe: milk, yogurt, banana, nuts, peanut butter, oats, chia seeds, and ice.ReplyCancel

  • Marie05/09/2014 - 8:20 am

    I always have frozen bananas, bluberries and Vega Sport around. I can’t go wrong with that.ReplyCancel

  • Marie05/09/2014 - 8:21 am

    I always have frozen bananas, blueberries and Vega Sport around. I can’t go wrong with that.ReplyCancel

  • tea05/09/2014 - 8:21 am

    lemon (with peel, half of an avocado, half of a cucumber, few stalk of celery, big chunk of fresh ginger and water – i like them mean and green.ReplyCancel

  • Sara05/09/2014 - 8:45 am

    My current favorite is avocado banana shake. Fills you up until lunchtime.

    1 banana
    1/4-1/2 avocado
    1 scoop Vega Vanilla
    1 handfull greens
    1 t-1 T nut butter
    almond milk to desired smoothnessReplyCancel

  • Cherish Rush05/09/2014 - 8:50 am

    I am just getting started on a vegetarian lifestyle so my smoothie is very simple but delicious…
    chopped romaine
    frozen spinach and/or kale
    frozen raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries
    a little almond milk or water
    teraswhey grass fed whey protein chocolateReplyCancel

  • Brandee H05/09/2014 - 9:25 am

    I have a very weak blender so I have to be careful! My son likes to pick whatever fruit we have in the fridge, add some greens. We add chia, flax and a touch of lucama. Frozen berries. Lots of ice. After he has his. I add frozen banana and cocao to mine.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie05/09/2014 - 11:04 am

    What a generous give away. Thanks for all the inspiration from your blog posts! My smoothies tend to be rather basic, but we love them. Plain yogurt, hemp seeds, orange juice, a frozen banana and a berry (usually blueberries, also raspberries or strawberries or a mix), sometimes peaches. I will add chia seeds to my smoothie once I have poured it into my glass. I like to use powdered greens sometimes. Thanks again and Happy September!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer05/09/2014 - 11:28 am

    My go-to smoothie is made of frozen bananas, mixed berries, spinach and probiotic supplements.ReplyCancel

  • Yoojin05/09/2014 - 12:20 pm

    my favorite smoothie combination always includes greens :)

    cucumbers, spinach/kale, basil, blueberries, frozen banana, and water for liquid!
    superfood powders like flax, maca, and turmeric.
    blend~

    i love topping it with cinnamon & hemp seeds.ReplyCancel

  • Talia05/09/2014 - 12:26 pm

    Love my smoothies! Leafy greens, chia seeds, flax meal, almond milk original, frozen fruit of some sort, maca powder and green superfood powder!ReplyCancel

  • Raquel05/09/2014 - 12:54 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Vega for ages!!! What kind of smoothie I make depends on my mood and what I have on hand. Although this is the one I tend to make the most (because it tastes like a dessert to me!!): a frozen banana, a whole bunch of spinach, almond milk, a teaspoon of raw cacao powderReplyCancel

  • Claire T05/09/2014 - 2:21 pm

    Lately it’s a handful of kale, homemade almond-coconut milk, frozen banana, fresh peach, a handful of rolled oats, splash of vanilla extract, cinnamon, grated ginger, and almond butter, plus a few ice cubes. Sometimes I add hemp hearts and/or matcha powder.ReplyCancel

  • julent05/09/2014 - 3:27 pm

    My go-to smoothie is banana, almond milk, frozen berries, frozen mango, chia seeds, 1/2 avocado, homemade vanilla extract, and sometimes lacinto kale. I’ve never tried Vega One, but it would be a welcome addition. Btw, just tried your Balinese stew recipe the other night and it was a big hit.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca05/09/2014 - 3:44 pm

    Oh how I can relate to summer being a way busier than it should be! I love your perspective on beginning a new post-Labor Day season. As for smoothies, I go through phases, but the one I tend to go back to includes kale, peaches, pear, almond milk, ice cubes, and some sort of sweetener. Sometimes I add flax or chia seeds. :)ReplyCancel

  • Friday. | gratitude and greens05/09/2014 - 4:21 pm

    […] I’m also dying to try this vegan mint chip shake from The First Mess… […]ReplyCancel

  • Martine05/09/2014 - 7:09 pm

    A new creation I like is frozen cranberries, a splash of cranberry juice, frozen bananas, water/almond milk, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Tart and creamy – and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Marissa05/09/2014 - 10:24 pm

    Love Vega! I have been using the protein smoothie powder for a while now and hoping to try the Vega One powder soon. My go-to smoothie is Vega powder (vanilla), a frozen banana, baby spinach, cinnamon, and whatever frozen berries I have on hand!ReplyCancel

  • jacquie05/09/2014 - 10:38 pm

    i have actually never had a smoothie so no favoritesReplyCancel

  • Sophie06/09/2014 - 1:18 am

    I love SPICES! I think these days my favorite smoothie is a chai smoothie with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, etc., banana, and almond milk. I like to throw in some tapioca balls to make it a bubble tea smoothie!

    Mmmmm!ReplyCancel

  • Kat06/09/2014 - 4:07 am

    Gorgeous pictures, great recipe… Just wondering, however, why the bee pollen? This isn’t a vegan ingredient, but the recipe is listed as vegan. :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright06/09/2014 - 9:00 am

      Kat, I updated the wording on the recipe to better reflect your observation. Thanks for the keen editorial eye on that one.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Baby June06/09/2014 - 10:22 am

    My favorite smoothie? Hmmm. That would probably be anything with pb+banana+cocoa powder. You can’t go wrong with that. :)ReplyCancel

  • Meg06/09/2014 - 10:33 am

    Oh, man. Not only do I love shakes but I love Vega! I love it adds some bulk in smoothies and sweetens them just enough when I get a little too generous with adding greens! Plus, it’s like eating a multi-vitamin, which is always more fun than popping a pill!

    My jam for awhile now has been matcha smoothies in the morning. Fruit, veggies, a little caffeine boost and, obviously, some cacao nibs for the soul.

    So tasty and a great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño06/09/2014 - 11:01 am

    We live on smoothies! Our favorite combo is frozen pomegranate, blueberry, and mango with orange juice and soy milk. It’s like ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor06/09/2014 - 2:44 pm

    I make smoothies with just bananas, almond milk, and protein powder. I just use a regular blender, so I can’t add greens or they don’t get blended. College student problems.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie07/09/2014 - 12:15 am

    Favorite smoothie of the moment is a weirdo one – whole raw egg, pineapple, peach, chia, almond milk. Sounds gross, but is AMAZING.ReplyCancel

  • Casey07/09/2014 - 12:22 am

    I make smoothies almost every morning and I have a few different favs but my go to smoothie is: half a frozen banana, half a frozen peach, matcha powder, two swheatgrass cubes, almond milk, and water. I also add protein powder sometimes for a more filling meal and cashews as well! It is absolutely delicious for any time of the year!ReplyCancel

  • Haley07/09/2014 - 8:09 am

    This looks delish! I definitely am in need of a reset after a summer of ice-cream eating (vegan of course!)…

    My favorite smoothie of all time is spinach, coconut water, ginger, cucumber, banana, mango, pineapple, and hemp hearts. So good!ReplyCancel

  • Deb07/09/2014 - 8:54 am

    Thanks for a great read and the chance to win! Always a bonus.
    Morning get going shake:
    Vega One
    and almond milk, spinach, strawberries, blueberries (love the shade it turns) and my organic yogurt too. Just simple and delicious. I tend to be a creature of habit. Then to take also a sandwich on my favourite bakery bread, Nova Scotia Brown (molasses & oatmeal) with hummus, avocado and cheese. Yum, good staying power for the morning’s work to come.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui07/09/2014 - 9:38 am

    My go-to healthy shake is spinach, banana, almond milk, and chia seeds!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Lail07/09/2014 - 10:31 am

    Peaches and strawberries with vanilla bean Greek yogurt and gelatin powder and flax and chia seeds.

    Or any other combo of frozen fruit: cherries are yummy. Pineapple too.ReplyCancel

  • Suzan07/09/2014 - 1:11 pm

    My go-to smoothie: frozen fruit, leafy green veggies, banana, yogurt, juice or almond milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maca, and maqui powder.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah07/09/2014 - 1:46 pm

    This looks ah mazing! My go to is spinach, 1/3 frozen banana, handful of berries, chia, hemp, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, ice. Top with buckwheat and fresh fruit <3ReplyCancel

  • Heather07/09/2014 - 6:21 pm

    We aren’t huge smoothie people and never as meal replacement, just as snacks. My fav is raspberry/mango pureed and then add kale and cranberries with a bit of plain yogurt. My kids’ favorite is gross, imo- plain mango and kale with a shot of oj and plain yogurt. We’ve not used VEGA products before.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica @ {Black.White.Yellow.}08/09/2014 - 12:26 am

    I love Vega! This is a great giveaway!

    My current favorite smoothie recipe is banana, mango, butternut squash, turmeric, almond milk, protein powder, chia seeds. So good!ReplyCancel

  • Veronique Daoust08/09/2014 - 11:13 am

    MY go-to shake always includes a frozen banana, spinach or kale, coconut water and Vega protein powder. I love it so much, I crave it every morning after my workout!ReplyCancel

  • Tova08/09/2014 - 11:49 am

    I love the frozen banana, kale, apple, ginger and lemon smoothie –> simple, fresh and green! Would love to try the VEGA Product!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer K08/09/2014 - 1:05 pm

    I love kale and fruit with coconut milk as a morning smoothieReplyCancel

  • amy09/09/2014 - 2:38 pm

    this looks magnificently delicious . my favorite current smoothie favorite is greens from our garden of any kind + fresh & frozen fruits like blueberries & strawberries, almond milk & ground flax seed .ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine12/09/2014 - 5:14 am

    Matcha AND mint? Super green power. Sounds amazing! Mint smoothies are my favs.ReplyCancel

  • Aida Mollenkamp12/09/2014 - 4:57 pm

    What a brilliant recipe to reset after a busy summer. Love, love, love that it’s matcha!ReplyCancel

  • Elenore Bendel Zahn15/09/2014 - 4:58 am

    We made these bowls this weekend and although it was the pic of cacao nibs that convinced me (cacao nibs + elenore= true love) me and Fabian loved your green craziness! Such a treat!..

    And you know I’m a big fan of breakfasts too;)

    Huge hugs!ReplyCancel

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  • Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño28/08/2014 - 7:03 am

    These pictures are an inspiration and I too have a garden when I should probably spend my time doing something else but the satisfaction of eating from your backyard way out weighs rational thinking!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Sullivan28/08/2014 - 8:13 am

    Sounds great. This would work well with olive oil also. The problem with coconut oil is that unless it is extremely fresh it frequently has a rancid after taste. We loved for years where it was the basic cooking oil, often rancid, often overpowering, and when I was there my cholesterol rose markedly only to come down when I returned to this country and other cooking oils.ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Whole Nourishment28/08/2014 - 8:41 am

    Love everything about this stew, and it reminds me of the wonderful curries and rice dishes I had in Bali, especially since it’s topped with topped with toasted cashews. This looks like the perfect summertime soup.ReplyCancel

  • erin {yummy supper}28/08/2014 - 8:55 am

    Oh my what a gorgeous post, Laura! Your veggie patch is so darned abundant and I’m honored to see your bounty working so beautifully in the Bali Garden Stew. It’s just right that you made all of those substitutions and played with what you had on hand. I bet the eggplant was super tasty!
    SO so touched,
    xoxox
    EReplyCancel

  • Ashlae28/08/2014 - 9:09 am

    These photos! Erin’s book! Your garden! I am loving it, lady. This is just the nudge I need to finally contact our HOA about putting a community garden in the rarely (and by rarely I mean NEVER) used side yard.ReplyCancel

  • molly yeh28/08/2014 - 9:54 am

    will you please come over and teach me how to be a good garden grower person and not be freaked out about all the little green friends on my kale so i can just casually toss some in my smoothies in the morning?! who knew gardening would be so…scary? hehe. this stew looks delicious… anything with shallots has my heart!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin28/08/2014 - 11:15 am

    such a gorgeous stew. and bravo to you for somehow creating a luscious vegetable garden in the midst of all the craziness.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley28/08/2014 - 11:33 am

    Girl, your words. They get me every time. You have such a calming, storytelling thing going on with the way you write and I always feel a little more zen after reading your posts. I love how you point out that Erin’s book is GF but that you wouldn’t notice right away. I know I would love this book for that reason! And this stew…gorgeous. BTW – we get to hang out in ONE month! Wishing we could get dirty in the garden/kitchen together but I guess I can settle for just hanging. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley28/08/2014 - 11:36 am

    p.s. I totally [TOTALLY] feel you on the 1/2 done house projects.ReplyCancel

  • Grace28/08/2014 - 11:41 am

    What a beautiful celebration of summer, so much color and goodness all in one bowl! I want to sit out on the porch with this wholesome soup and that gorgeous book and a cool, soon-to-be-fall breeze. YES!ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth28/08/2014 - 11:46 am

    I’m so jealous of anyone with a garden or something nearly resembling one. I’m limited to whatever I can cram on my kitchen window sill! What a beautiful selection from Erin’s book to make using all those beautiful veggies!ReplyCancel

  • […] Bali Garden Stew with Toasty Cashews and Shallots […]ReplyCancel

  • Saskija28/08/2014 - 1:45 pm

    Your pictures are lovely. The lighting is so pretty. I’ve already bought Vibrant Food because you had recommended it. Now I may just have to get Yummy Supper!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie28/08/2014 - 4:49 pm

    Just gorgeous, Laura! Erin is killing it with this book. I cannot wait to make my own pot of this. Wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • lynsey28/08/2014 - 5:35 pm

    Well I don’t have a garden, but rather a little pot of chillies on my balcony that i feel will have a home in this stew. Congrats on Pure Green…. Ontario grows the best stuff and I can’t wait for some more inspiration on how to use it! xoReplyCancel

  • Sarah28/08/2014 - 5:43 pm

    I am really loving Yummy Supper’s new cookbook too! I had my eye on my recipe – glad to hear it’s a good one!ReplyCancel

  • Nik@ABrownTable28/08/2014 - 6:03 pm

    That photograph of the corn is simply gorgeous and the soup is so vibrant and colorful! I ordered Erin’s book and can’t wait to receive it, she always has a lot of interesting recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Kaley29/08/2014 - 12:52 am

    This is fantastic! I am so glad I made it for dinner tonight. So flavorful and delicious, and so easy. I will definitely be making this again!ReplyCancel

  • Millie l Add A Little29/08/2014 - 3:49 am

    Yum! This looks gorgeous and so beautiful and fresh!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn29/08/2014 - 4:53 am

    Love what you say about Erin’s book; I’m with you all the way. Nourishment is absolutely the best word for it. It’s not just about what you’re physically eating but what you’re taking from the ground and how your feeding your soul. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens29/08/2014 - 9:15 am

    This stew is exactly what I need right now. Such a vibrant dish full of so much goodness!ReplyCancel

  • Elisa29/08/2014 - 9:38 am

    Beautiful and colorful soup! LOVE!

    xo
    ElisaReplyCancel

  • Teffy Perk29/08/2014 - 12:31 pm

    This looks so so good!!
    I dream of having a veggie garden filled with goodies!
    This stew is so dreamy, especially with those cashews on top. So yum!

    Teffy XReplyCancel

  • Emily29/08/2014 - 12:45 pm

    Made this last night and loved it! I always trust your taste.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle29/08/2014 - 11:00 pm

    Great recipe, it was delicious and packed with flavour and colour. Thanks for the inspiration to get busy in the kitchenReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine30/08/2014 - 1:32 am

    That looks so good! The cashews sounds like a great addition.ReplyCancel

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  • sara30/08/2014 - 11:54 am

    Gorgeous! This looks so tasty. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryne30/08/2014 - 6:46 pm

    I just love it when my favorite bloggers are talking about my other favorite bloggers. You two are so great! This soup sounds incredible. I’ll have to flip through Erin’s book again to find the original. I’ll save your version for when we get some relief from the heat!ReplyCancel

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  • […] Oh boy, this sounds like a good late summer, early fall kind of stew/soup! […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Garden Stew with toasted cashews sounds like the perfect end of summer comfort food. […]ReplyCancel

  • Anna01/09/2014 - 7:14 am

    IM IN LOVE with your pictures and recipes! The whole atmosphere of your blog makes me inspired over and over again!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet01/09/2014 - 7:13 pm

    I just LOVE cashews in my stew!ReplyCancel

  • Shira01/09/2014 - 8:54 pm

    Absolutely beautiful pics Laura – especially the mood captured in your garden shots. Honestly they are too beautiful for words. Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer!ReplyCancel

  • Holly @ The Very Hungry Blonde01/09/2014 - 11:18 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, and the recipe looks absolutely scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • ATasteOfMadness02/09/2014 - 7:49 pm

    Whoa. This looks amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • Los Angeles Caregivers14/09/2014 - 10:55 pm

    These look like some great healthy meals, as a vegan there are some here that I would really enjoy eating. The vegan bawli stew looks amazingReplyCancel

  • Mandy D20/09/2014 - 3:31 am

    Oh my goodness. Today is the day that I stumbled across your blog. It’s late at night and I can’t stop looking through your recipes and pictures! Your photography is amazing and I love your stories. I hope to be as good as a blogger as you are (one day!)

    Your blog is inspiring and I want to create every dish right now! I guess I’ll have to wait until morning.

    Thanks for working so hard to keep your blog beautiful!

    Mandy Dugas from MandysHealthyLife.comReplyCancel

  • The Omnivore27/09/2014 - 10:38 am

    Those pictures are incredible! I love this time of year when you still have all the fabulous summer produce but there’s enough of a chill that you want to cook them.ReplyCancel

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  • Carly06/08/2014 - 4:18 am

    I totally feel you on this “everything will be alright” mentality. I’m going through my own can of worms at the moment and just like you I overthink everything and tend to spend too much time dwelling on what my heart/brain have to say (a lot) instead of just throwing all that crap out the window and going with my gut. These super powered wraps seem like the perfect place to start!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Whole Nourishment06/08/2014 - 5:43 am

    Yes, trusting that things will work out in the end is key, isn’t it?! I love how we can find inspiration in unusual ways, that’s a sign we are in fact able to get out of our heads every once in while. ;-) Love these collard wraps especially because of the tempeh, quinoa, and sun-dried tomatoes! Lovely summer dish.ReplyCancel

  • Julia06/08/2014 - 5:58 am

    EVERYTHING about this post resonates (like a gong) with me. thanks for the candid sharing, and thanks for a killer wrap recipe. i too was introduced to collard wraps via sara. enjoy the east coast:)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar06/08/2014 - 8:09 am

    This is such a bright and gorgeous wrap. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Mariela06/08/2014 - 8:51 am

    Boy do I admirer those who don’t over think, over analyse, over stress. One day I will too let go and trust the process.

    Lovely post, lovely recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Tieghan06/08/2014 - 9:03 am

    I am a huge overthinker, worrier and everything in between. I can relate to this post in so many ways, thank you for sharing!

    Now these wraps. Just gorgeous!! Love all the colors, textures and flavors!ReplyCancel

  • Grace06/08/2014 - 9:57 am

    I guess it’s instinct to always want to improve, build something better, think to the future. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the ‘what’s next’ but it takes some serious skills to reflect, be present and just breath. Enjoy your vacation! These wraps are all that is good for the body and soul. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lynsey06/08/2014 - 10:13 am

    Laura, as always your words and sentiments on life are so beautifully written – even when they are talking about times of stress and feelings of being completely and utterly overwhelmed. If these (OMG) beautiful wraps are what comes out of your mind when under the gun, I can’t wait to see the creativity that flourishes after a little rest and recharge by the sea! Enjoy your vacay! xoReplyCancel

  • Abby06/08/2014 - 10:14 am

    your photographs are perfection, as usual, Laura! such a lovely post :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley06/08/2014 - 10:16 am

    Did you just climb in my head and write the exact thoughts in my brain? I’m pretty sure you did. I think I could have finished your sentences in this post. My goodness. Really can’t wait to see you in September! We’re also leaving for vacation soon and I am s.t.r.e.s.s.i.n.g. :) Hope you have a very relaxing time without the computer! <3 <3ReplyCancel

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  • elle06/08/2014 - 12:12 pm

    looks so beautiful and yummy, but might fall apart. think i might shred the greens too and wrap everything in a rice paper wrapper. Adds 20 calories and 4 carbs if anyone is wondering.ReplyCancel

  • Ileana06/08/2014 - 12:14 pm

    Spectacular – as usual! Such beautiful food. Enjoy your vacation!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen06/08/2014 - 12:45 pm

    These wraps sound like the perfect thing to make for a summer potluck! I would be so happy to see a big tray of these in the middle of the tableful of typical chips and crudites and hot dog buns. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • erin {yummysupper}06/08/2014 - 12:59 pm

    Laura, every time I look at that wallpaper of collards I swoon. What a brilliant photo!!! And your wraps looks awesome.
    I hope your trip gives you some of the rest and recuperation you’re craving. Travel can work wonders on the racing brain… I know that feeling well.
    xoxox from Berkeley,
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  • Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish06/08/2014 - 1:30 pm

    Absolutely stunning! I am sooooo making these for lunch tomorrow :)ReplyCancel

  • sara forte06/08/2014 - 2:45 pm

    you are too good. These are gorgeous and long live the #hippiemush :)
    If it’s of any help, I’m convinced that a home in flux is crazy making. We moved into a home that needs a lot of TLC as well, and I’m realizing all these projects will take a lot of time and money…two things that are inconsistent around here. A home is a place where you should go to rest but it is instead a place that I am “managing” and constantly thinking about what project takes precedence. It’s a job, really, not a refuge. For now anyway.
    I’m glad you’re getting out of town. I hope you can stop thinking about it and enjoy your time. Your garden looks beautiful, btw.ReplyCancel

  • Jo @The Nectar Cafe06/08/2014 - 4:49 pm

    I am with you on those feelings of wondering how we will ever get on top of it all. I feel like that alot until I take the time to remind myself that Rome wasn’t built in a day and that ‘me’ time is just as important as work/home-making/family commitments.
    I’m loving the look of these wraps and anything wrapped up in a big leaf is awesome in my opinion, so I’ll defiantly be trying these out! Beautiful pics as always Laura xReplyCancel

  • Renee (will frolic for food)06/08/2014 - 5:36 pm

    Being overwhelmed, oh yes I know the feeling well. Sometimes stepping out from underneath of the clouding thoughts gives you some freedom and perspective. meditating helps me! and yoga and exercising. and taking walks. it all helps. life can be so full of stress and projects and people who want things from you. // and this post is fiercely gorgeous. i want to be eating this right now. your savory recipes ROCK. wondering if i can convince my friend who i’m staying with to make this tonight, haha! i’ll be making this in the future, either way! <3ReplyCancel

  • jocenel06/08/2014 - 6:47 pm

    The food looks so delicious, I made my own for lunch today. I change one thing though; the tomatoes in your picture are hybrids. I used plum tomatoes.ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright06/08/2014 - 7:16 pm

      Hi Jocenel, glad you enjoyed it. Those hybrid tomatoes in the picture were also grown by my father and were incredibly delicious, which is certainly enough for me.
      -LReplyCancel

  • I wanted to make this king of green wraps for far too long. Great recipe, so easy :) And pictures are fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • kristie / birchandwild.com07/08/2014 - 12:28 am

    These are the first collard wraps I have seen that I have wanted to make immediately after seeing the photos. They look creative, fresh and really tasty.ReplyCancel

  • Sini | my blue&white kitchen07/08/2014 - 6:40 am

    This post is a gem. I can relate to all those feelings of being overwhelmed by life. Sometimes it’s just SO MUCH that it’s hard to think and see clearly. Sometimes we just feel we are SO BUSY that we don’t even have a spare week to spend relaxing. Oh yes, life.
    On another note, these wraps!! They speak to my heart. If one could adopt wraps, I would definitely adopt these ones. Oh and how gorgeous is that collard picture? You’re awesome, Laura.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie07/08/2014 - 11:01 am

    I’m unbearably neurotic; if there’s nothing to overthink/worry about, my mind goes into a tailspin and starts obsessing about small things like streaky glasses and the paper towel roll that should have been placed in recycling. Usually my cat’s blasé countenance helps put things *slightly* into perspective.

    Gorgeous hippie wraps! Love the happy colours.ReplyCancel

  • la domestique07/08/2014 - 11:12 am

    I love greens and these wraps look so colorful and nourishing. Enjoy your holiday!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey08/08/2014 - 9:40 am

    i can’t tell you how much this past week mirrored yours – unexpected car crap, my husband leaving for a work trip unexpectedly, recipes gone terribly wrong! but when measured on a spectrum of relative importance these things aren’t so weighty i suppose. not easy sometimes to get out of our own way, but yes, a break from it all to escape and breathe is totally necessary! xoReplyCancel

  • Jenalle08/08/2014 - 11:02 am

    These look amazing.
    Also styled perfectly, as usual.
    Props. :)ReplyCancel

  • Teffy Perk08/08/2014 - 3:20 pm

    Oh wow. That looks so so sooooo good!
    Exactly my kind of wrap – full of goodies and flavours that just sing!

    {Teffy’s Perks} XReplyCancel

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  • Leah11/08/2014 - 1:29 pm

    I totally feel you on all fronts – I was just out of town for 2 weeks and I feel so behind. It was really hard to actually enjoy my vacation because I kept thinking – should I be taking more pictures, can I try to get a blog post done, etc. etc. and I realize that isn’t fair to my husband and our family. I’m learning too – I guess sometimes you have to just let go and try to trust that it will all work out and get done at some point. Gorgeous recipe and photos as always !!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha11/08/2014 - 3:40 pm

    Oh wow, what an absolutely genius idea! I’m going to start doing this for lunch! Thank you for the great post :)ReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon12/08/2014 - 9:48 pm

    fringe benefit of being one of the in-your-head types: you see things so well and say them so good. reading this post, I just kept thinking what a pleasure it was to get to read it. also. these photos. I can’t. the only word is perfection. kind of an overblown concept and an elusive one but as far as food pics, yours are my fav.ReplyCancel

  • Diana13/08/2014 - 11:49 pm

    I made these wraps, with some slight variations. But I kept the tempeh marinade exactly as is, and am enjoying the grilled tempeh very very very much. Thanks for this recipe, and others, I really enjoy your cooking ideas.ReplyCancel

  • jessise1314/08/2014 - 4:04 am

    I made these wraps, with some slight variations. But I kept the tempeh marinade exactly as is, and am enjoying the grilled tempeh very very very much. Thanks for this recipe, and others, I really enjoy your cooking ideas.ブランド靴ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)14/08/2014 - 2:25 pm

    Oh my gosh–your photographs always blow me away. So inspiring and creative! These collard wraps sound amazing Laura!ReplyCancel

  • hannah14/08/2014 - 5:37 pm

    This is so important isn’t it, it’s not really optimism more a sense of calm and peace, a sort of trust that we can hand over our struggles and stress to “life” and allow it to take its own path without endlessly worrying and striving for control. You write so beautifully and this post has really got me thinking. And fantasising about these wraps. What sort of tomato sauce do you mean? In the UK “tomato sauce” means Heinz ketchup but I’m not sure that’s what you used here!ReplyCancel

  • Audrina15/08/2014 - 9:03 am

    I know EXACTLY what you mean by thinking those before going on vacation! But nonetheless, everyone needs a break once in a while :) The wrap looks delicious!

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  • Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño17/08/2014 - 11:11 am

    These look so good and such a unique and delicious combination of flavors. I hope you enjoy a little respite and don’t worry too much about all the stuff you are not getting done. Deep breaths my friend.ReplyCancel

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  • Maria Rieger19/08/2014 - 3:37 pm

    I can understand all those feelings and internal conflicts. I have just moved back to Europe after five wonderful years in Mexico. This is our life. We arrive somewhere, fall in love with a place, find real friends and even people I would call family and then it is time to leave again. You keep in touch but you know it will never be the same. It is a fascinating but difficult life. Now I am about to make a new home, things will arrive soon and there is so much to do. I feel many times there aren’t enough hours in a day. Tomorrow they will start breaking the kitchen and by friday there should be a new one in place. I miss cooking and writing but sometimes I just realize I need to stop, not worry so much, take time to myself and to my daughter and husband. In the end all will fall into place once again. I will definitely try the Collard wraps when I have a kitchen again. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • Tessa24/08/2014 - 7:49 am

    Oh my, the colours happening in that wrap are divine! Definitely need to try them out soon :)ReplyCancel

  • agoodstuff.blogspot.in26/08/2014 - 1:39 pm

    You make wonderful dishes, specially salads. The best part of your salads is that they have amazing nature’s colors and are so bright n tempting that no one can resist.ReplyCancel

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  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors31/08/2014 - 1:01 pm

    This post is everything I love about blogging. I love the honesty and the photography is amazing. Thank you for your honesty in this post – the craziness of life and how things often get overwhelming but then you stop and reflect on it all and realize that in your chaos you have become better… and for that you can be greatful. Love hippymush! You have a new follower!ReplyCancel

  • meg31/08/2014 - 2:57 pm

    So pretty! Love itReplyCancel

  • cynthia01/09/2014 - 5:17 pm

    I love these words so, so, so very much. I hear ya, lady — here’s to recharging and these incredible, incredible wraps!ReplyCancel

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  • Pre05/10/2014 - 8:31 am

    I’m allergic to soy. How well do you think seitan would sub for the tempeh in this dish? Or do you recommend something else?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright05/10/2014 - 8:52 am

      Hi Pre,
      I think the texture of seitan would be excellent in this. And the procedure would be the same: marinate + grill. Although, I might grill seitan a couple extra minutes.
      -LReplyCancel

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  • Valentina - sweet kabocha23/07/2014 - 5:18 am

    I could kill for this plate. Totally.ReplyCancel

  • This is my kind of eating, not to structured and with all the best things! I love sweet potato. That cumin drizzle sounds perfect for my meal tonight!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Whole Nourishment23/07/2014 - 7:11 am

    This is absolutely my kind of rice bowl! Love the flavor combo and especially the cumin garlic drizzle. Glad you decided to share your everyday meals with us!ReplyCancel

  • Ileana23/07/2014 - 7:35 am

    You manage to make everything look so vibrant! I wish I had this for lunch today. :) The cumin-garlic drizzle sounds soooo good!ReplyCancel

  • Denise | TLT23/07/2014 - 7:59 am

    Simply gorgeous and totally calling me. I’d live out the cilantro (can’t help it) and add some cheese (again: can’t help it) though. Bookmarking this and will probably make it this week. Thanks for the lovely inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Shanae23/07/2014 - 8:03 am

    This looks so amazing! I cannot wait to make this for dinner tonight :DReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar23/07/2014 - 8:16 am

    These bowls look great! Such a yummy combo of flavours!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn23/07/2014 - 8:23 am

    I think I probably like real deal everyday eating posts more than fancy recipe posts (not that I don’t love every single one of your posts obviously). But there’s something extra special about getting a peek into the way that other people eat on a day to day basis that’s always inspiring + fascinating.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda23/07/2014 - 8:31 am

    Love a good bowl! Fist-bump indeed.ReplyCancel

  • Sini | my blue&white kitchen23/07/2014 - 8:54 am

    Absolutely loving your new everyday eats concept! More of that, please! Fancy, complicated dinners sure are wonderful and can make your jaw drop but everyday food is the one that keeps us nourished; keeps us going, and inspired. These burrito bowls look absolutely perfect. Can’t wait to make some soon.

    P.S. Those quinoa tacos still linger on my mind…just SO GOOD!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food23/07/2014 - 9:00 am

    Yup… I’m all about this bowl. I often do sweet potato and black bean tacos, so I just know I’d be a fan of this.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley23/07/2014 - 9:20 am

    Love your idea for “everyday eats!” It’s those simple meals that get us through the busy so we can enjoy the outdoors and all the little projects we have going on. But it’s in those full times when we really need these home-cooked, nutrient dense meals! Well done, friend. Also…the photos…again + again…you amaze me! xoReplyCancel

  • molly yeh23/07/2014 - 9:38 am

    gahhh sooo pretty and colorful!!!!! love.ReplyCancel

  • Heather23/07/2014 - 9:55 am

    fist bumps for the new nourishing everyday eats category! more time to enjoy the outdoors :) thanks for this one, Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Erin23/07/2014 - 11:01 am

    SO. MANY. of your recipes have become ‘everyday eats’ at my house. Can I hear it for the Busy Lady Bowl?! I have a feeling this one will follow suit. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy23/07/2014 - 1:06 pm

    Hi! Love your recipes! Is there any way to print them out? I’ve tried cut and paste to word and it gets all messed up! Please let me know if there’s a button I’m missing.. Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright23/07/2014 - 1:19 pm

      Hi Kathy, Thanks for this! There isn’t a button for printing as of right now. I am working on this though. My apologies in the meantime!
      -LReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen23/07/2014 - 1:29 pm

    These are so beautiful! Love the colors and the flavors!ReplyCancel

  • Francesca23/07/2014 - 6:47 pm

    I am running with that drizzle. Would honey be a reasonable substitute or is it too sweet? A great easy meal for those hot and busy days. How does the sweet potato go when cooked this way? Does it soften up enough?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright24/07/2014 - 2:10 pm

      Hi Francesca, honey would substitute just fine for this. And I’ll add that in the recipe, the sweet potato is boiled for a short period of time before it hits the grill, so perfectly soft but still a bit crisp by the time it’s ready to eat :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon23/07/2014 - 11:10 pm

    um, yeah, I definitely feel you on this one. I love everything about this post.ReplyCancel

  • jessica (BAKECETERA)24/07/2014 - 8:49 am

    i could certainly eat this every day! i’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but i’ve never grilled them! i can’t wait to try this out. ps: i didn’t know you were canadian, excitement!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui24/07/2014 - 10:29 pm

    Love it, this is exactly my kind of everyday meal and I love that you’re keepin’ it real and enjoying your summer as you should be. Goes by to fast, especially up in the north! And it sounds like lots of exciting new things are happening, much deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño25/07/2014 - 7:23 am

    The flavor combination here is so fantastic! This is absolutely something we could eat on a weekly basis. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Tea25/07/2014 - 10:07 am

    Everyday Eats are where it is at in the summer time. Next time I whip up a similar bowl your dressing is going in it.ReplyCancel

  • […] that’s on the table in 10 minutes but feels like it took way more effort than it did. These sweet potato and black bean burrito bowls might take a little longer but still fit that kind of easy but tasty vibe that I like to end the […]ReplyCancel

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  • Thalia @ butter and brioche26/07/2014 - 2:58 am

    love these burrito bowls.. definitely will be recreating this meal for my vegetarian household. looks seriously delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Life on Food26/07/2014 - 11:51 am

    Sweet potatoes are my fav. This looks so delicious. How can I make it appear in front of me now?ReplyCancel

  • Nik@ABrownTable27/07/2014 - 12:20 am

    I really love no fuss meals at home. I love sweet potatoes and I know I will have to make this at home soon!ReplyCancel

  • Petra27/07/2014 - 6:11 pm

    Beautiful compositions! I wish I could arrange food and take pictures of it like you, because I believe that “all you eat needs to look fabulous, or else it’s not going to taste as good” (well, the source of the quote is here). I especially like the combination of grey and orange, it creates a really nice contrast evoking the tastes of autumn.ReplyCancel

  • Millie l Add A Little27/07/2014 - 8:01 pm

    This looks like absolute perfection!! I’ve got to make this STAT!

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  • Sophie28/07/2014 - 2:15 pm

    Just perfect! So pretty, too with your eye for colors and textures. We get excited about burrito bowls here too at least a couple times a month, and I can’t wait to try this drizzle all over our next bowls! Summer forces me to be a little more spontaneous and pantry dinners are perfect for just that :)ReplyCancel

  • Paige28/07/2014 - 5:35 pm

    What a great lunch! Easy to pack, so tasty, and sustained me well. I took one less step (out of laziness) by blending the cilantro in. It also made a great sauce for a falafel (which means my laziness paid off.) Thank you so much for wonderful recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet28/07/2014 - 8:36 pm

    Almost had this for dinner tonight – but I forgot the sweet potatoes! (<—important)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa29/07/2014 - 9:27 am

    Made this for dinner and it was absolutely amazing! A wonderful combination of flavours. Thanks for sharing this great meal.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine30/07/2014 - 5:50 am

    All of my favorite things all nestled in a bowl together! Your photography is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Pragati30/07/2014 - 8:23 am

    YUM! This sounds so delicious!

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  • JC30/07/2014 - 11:17 am

    Haphazard bowls of goodness are always the best. Kind of like how the messier a sandwich is the better it usually is.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy30/07/2014 - 8:39 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner, with a couple minor tweaks (no grill, so I roasted the veggies.) It was SO delicious- that cumin drizzle is a keeper! My husband had seconds, we’re having it tomorrow night too, and I’m about to email it to friends.ReplyCancel

  • […] sweet potatoes and red peppers, which are drenched in a cumin and garlic drizzle inspired by the first mess. The roasted veggies go on top of fresh greens, along with avocado, an easy mango salsa, and black […]ReplyCancel

  • Hilary01/08/2014 - 12:25 am

    I read this post – then your interview with Tara

    1) You are so cool

    2) Your simple recipes are often my favourite – what you eat every day might seem boring and not worth posting – but they are not. I am probably more likely to make something that is a staple in your life! B/c I’m always looking for something to add into regular rotation

    3) if you ever do something outside of this blog – business wise. Please let us know because I probably live close enough that I would come out and support you!

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryne01/08/2014 - 10:10 am

    This is my kind of meal right here. Bring on the everyday recipe inspiration! P.s. Love that all-caps f-bomb. If only my readers knew that I drop it on the daily.ReplyCancel

  • Linda @ Veganosity01/08/2014 - 1:02 pm

    I just discovered your blog, love it! Your photos are beautiful.

    Isn’t it great how the simplest foods make the best meals? This is similar to what I feed my family on a daily basis. Color, color, and more color. The more vibrant the meal the better it tastes.ReplyCancel

  • Hilary02/08/2014 - 3:26 pm

    So I just made a variation of this for lunch. Holy jebus. I did more of a sauté – onion, sweet potato, beans, rice, beet greens, tomato, + the drizzle. Dynamite! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie05/08/2014 - 2:34 pm

    My hangry pizza “lunches” usually take place on errant early mornings; after stepping (barefoot!) through cat vomit. *Cue* the salty sailor talk + cheese-bedazzled pizza pies.

    This dish is gorgeous in its simplicity! I rarely have sweet potatoes on hand but this is lush enough to make a random grocery store run.ReplyCancel

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  • Carrie Pacini18/08/2014 - 10:38 am

    This looks tasty and so healthy! Love all the colors.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica DeMarra23/08/2014 - 10:09 am

    Your photography is so beautiful you make the humblest of ingredients, in this case beans and rice, look breathtaking and mouth watering! I am so inspired by you and your site to up my game while I stuff my face. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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    […] 1: Vegan Lasagna (recipe soon). {Make 2 and freeze one for later in the month} Tuesday, Sep 2nd: Burrito Bowls with Sweet Potatoes Wednesday, Sep 3rd: Soba Noodle Salad Thursday, Sep 4th: Zucchini Noodles with Pesto Friday, Sep […]ReplyCancel

  • Annie28/08/2014 - 10:21 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. Followed everything to a T except used quinoa instead of rice and doubled everything–had a feeling it’d be that good. :) It WAS! Oh man, I loved this dish and will definitely be making it again! I’m a sucker for the dressing and will quadruple that next time, though!ReplyCancel

  • Ella29/08/2014 - 11:10 pm

    Made this exactly as Annie above did- doubled with quinoa. My mom wanted me to inform you that it’s one of the better dinners she has ever had. Absolutely delicious, Laura! Thanks so much for the recipe.
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  • Rebecca07/10/2014 - 4:56 pm

    What IS THIS sorcery?
    Made this for dinner last night, and hubby and I have *some* leftovers for lunch today. Made quinoa instead of rice, thought I was being brilliant – turns out everybody’s doing it…
    Wish I tripled the whole recipe. Will do, next time. Freaking amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa10/07/2014 - 5:46 am

    What a beautifully simple but healthy looking dish. I will have to bookmark this one for summer when it comes along.ReplyCancel

  • Ali @ Farmers Market Vegan10/07/2014 - 6:08 am

    Right now I’m loving corn and cherries! Corn grilled and sliced off the cobb into chipotle-spiced salads; cherries on top of my morning granola.ReplyCancel

  • Grace10/07/2014 - 6:20 am

    My favorite is rhubarb! As Summer approaches, I can’t wait to get my hands on it to make rhubarb pie, rhubarb tea, rhubarb compote! My absolute favorite is your rhubarb fool and coconut cream. It is, without a doubt, one of my all time favorite desserts!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon10/07/2014 - 6:22 am

    Just stunning! My favorite is cucumbers – I’ll eat them plain like an apple, or in a cucumber salad :)ReplyCancel

  • KL10/07/2014 - 6:29 am

    lately it’s been cucumber and radish for meReplyCancel

  • Bonnie10/07/2014 - 6:33 am

    I love all things summer: berries, cherries, lettuces, corn, peaches. Figs! But year round, I long for juicy, ripe Jersey tomatoes! Served simply, sliced, drizzled with good olive oil, and sprinkled with sea salt. Mmmmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • C. Soto10/07/2014 - 7:12 am

    Favorite summer food: Blueberries, straight up. Actually, they are my favorite food – period!ReplyCancel

  • Leah10/07/2014 - 7:13 am

    This meal looks delicious! Raw and fresh is definitely appealing in the warmth of the summer. This summer I plan to have my breakfast at the top of one of my favourite local hikes (Signal Hill, St. John’s, NL), perched on the mountain overlooking the Atlantic ocean in those early morning dawn hours when it’s often just you and the birds awake. As for summer fruit, I am in love with fresh figs. And biting into a juicy fig just as it is is my favourite way to enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Tova10/07/2014 - 7:31 am

    Love this! Although very new to me, I too am a fan of the Golubka blog!
    This summer I also hope to make a picnic on the beach, and prepare an entire meal using the heat and flame of an outdoor fire. My favourite summer fruit is the tomato –> and I love a quick panzanella style salad. I am also obsessed with Ontario peaches –> grilled and drizzles with honey over some yogurt and granola –> the best day to welcome another sunny summer day.

    Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Susan10/07/2014 - 7:55 am

    I love cherries in the summer! I really just love to eat them as is – such a great treat.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar10/07/2014 - 7:57 am

    This is gorgeous! I love the way it looks with the grass all around it…like we’re on a picnic with you :) Great recipe!ReplyCancel

  • jessica z10/07/2014 - 7:57 am

    I plan to cross zip lining and attending the beach fest off my list this summer!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah M.10/07/2014 - 8:02 am

    It’s hard to pick favorites when it comes to summer fruits and vegetables, but wild blackberries are up there in my top 10, for sure. Preferably eaten in a warm cobbler with unsweetened whipped cream :)ReplyCancel

  • Bridget10/07/2014 - 8:07 am

    Favorit summery food: peaches

    Favorite way to eat peaches you ask? In a cobbler with some ice cream wrapped up on the couch with my fiancé OR simply sliced open fresh in the morning with a bowl of oats and a cup of coffee.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne10/07/2014 - 8:11 am

    Summer! Seriously, I just want to find the time to sit in the backyard sunshine and read a good book. It hasn’t happened yet…but I’ll make sure it does!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara10/07/2014 - 8:17 am

    Tomato – still warm from the garden, eaten like an apple :)ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming10/07/2014 - 8:20 am

    i love allll the fresh fruit! especially blueberries and peaches!ReplyCancel

  • Brandee10/07/2014 - 8:26 am

    We are planning a trip to our local sandbar this weekend. It will be my sons first boat trip and first time in a lake!ReplyCancel

  • Brandee10/07/2014 - 8:31 am

    My favourite summer food is strawberries. To be honest I love them warm right off the bush while picking them! I also love them in cupcakes and sprinkled on my morning cereal.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen10/07/2014 - 8:34 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!
    This summer, I’m gutting and re-doing my guest bath. I know, sounds like a blast, right? Oh yeah, and I’m scraping, sanding, and painting my wrap-around porch!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Taylor10/07/2014 - 8:37 am

    I am finally going to visit the Outer Banks and see a lighthouse!ReplyCancel

  • Kat10/07/2014 - 8:45 am

    My favorites are sugar peas, love eating them straight out of the pod on the field.
    Will have a little get-together for our 1st wedding anniversary with all of our guests from last year, best food and music :)ReplyCancel

  • Margarita10/07/2014 - 8:55 am

    I love how beautiful this dish looks. So vibrant and refreshing.
    1. Go camping and hike some nice trails.
    2. Fruit tarts! Or any baked dessert with stone fruit toppings.ReplyCancel

  • leslie10/07/2014 - 8:57 am

    For sure my favorite summer meal is caprese salad with fresh picked tomatoes from the garden. I wait all year, skipping over the store bought tomatoes, waiting waiting for my own to finally ripen then I eat caprese salad over and over until they are all gone. Reminds me of summer and Italy all in one.ReplyCancel

  • Kari @ Cooking with Toddlers10/07/2014 - 9:05 am

    Such a gorgeous dish full of colors! This is the perfect summer meal!ReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon10/07/2014 - 9:14 am

    The way you said this is just right, about Anya’s book being a fully realized version of her blog, about how mutual admiration is surprising (especially with someone like this), about light foods being so welcome this time of year. Also, Laura, I will probably be saying this to you til kingdom come — YOUR PHOTOS. So good.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Bray10/07/2014 - 9:19 am

    I am looking forward to trying stand up paddle boarding for the first time ever! Beyond excited for that adventure.

    I’m constantly gravitating toward homemade iced tea. It’s simple, but I love to use genmaicha and a bit of stevia. Earthy, slightly sweet, and ice cold for the heat!ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan10/07/2014 - 9:26 am

    That book, swoon! Ok here are mine!

    1. Stand up paddleboarding, looks hard as shit, but I want to try it!

    2. Watermelon..alll the watermelon!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | my blue&white kitchen10/07/2014 - 9:30 am

    What a gorgeous post and recipe. I too am in love with Anya’s work and with The Vibrant Table, a cookbook full of inspiration. Haven’t made this zucchini spaghetti yet but am so so eager to try!ReplyCancel

  • Holly10/07/2014 - 9:30 am

    FAVE SUMMER JAM:

    Nothing in this whole wide world beats a ripe, fresh picked southern peach – close second to immediate devouring is old fashioned peach shortcake with basil garnish. Summer in a dish!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle10/07/2014 - 9:32 am

    Looks lovely! There is nothing better than a fresh tomato from the vine, chopped up with salt and pepper- preferably eaten on my parent’s back deck, watching the sun rise up to mid morning.ReplyCancel

  • Val10/07/2014 - 9:32 am

    Looks wonderful – I’m definitely interested in this cookbook! To answer your questions: 1) My goal is to grill ALL of the fruits/veggies this year. There are certain veggies/fruits that I tend to ear raw or cook on the stove (shelling peas, raspberries), but I’d like to develop some grilling techniques for them instead. 2) My favorite summer food? A tie between a good tomato/corn salad (corn, tomatoes, avo, herbs) and eating golden raspberries straight out of hand.ReplyCancel

  • michelle10/07/2014 - 9:33 am

    I would LOVE a copy of The Vibrant Table!

    1) I can’t wait to have a picnic in the park, get cinnamon buns at the bakery at my cottage, and hopefully catch a movie at the drive-in

    2) Right now I’m really feeling peaches. Particularly grilled peaches drilled with maple syrup over vanilla yogurt.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle10/07/2014 - 9:37 am

    My favorite summer fruit are peaches! I love the super sweet, oozing with juicy goodness with each bite. My mouth is watering! I love the looks of that cookbook and I’d love to get my hands on it.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley10/07/2014 - 9:39 am

    My #1 thing to check off of my summer bucketlist (which is revamped every year) is to learn how to can! I would like to can homemade marinara sauce, jams, etc. for the cold months to come.ReplyCancel

  • anastacia mosher10/07/2014 - 9:43 am

    My favorite summer fruit it’s strawberries! I love them any way I can get them…salads, smoothies, in desserts, or by themselves.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny10/07/2014 - 9:45 am

    Sigh…summmmmmmmmerrrrrrr. On my summer to-do list: picnic and lazy afternoon in central park and a day at Coney Island. Also: making our way to Red Hook to enjoy the libations at Fort Defiance. And I’m feeling you on open tomato sandwiches…with a somewhat heavy-handed sprinkle of flaky sea salt. xReplyCancel

  • Ashley10/07/2014 - 9:50 am

    These photos are absolutely, completely, amaaaaazing. I cannot wait for Colorado peaches to be fully in season. They are my absolute favorite and usually just get eaten over the sink. :) Bucket list: gotta get out for some camping this summer!ReplyCancel

  • Buffy10/07/2014 - 9:53 am

    What I’m looking forward to most this summer is all happening in August- our family beach trip and a large group camping trip by the river with friends for my 40th birthday!

    Also, I’ve been obsessed with tomato, cuke, and feta dressed with EVOO, balsamic and salt & pepper. I eat it almost every day!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen10/07/2014 - 10:07 am

    This looks incredible! :)
    This summer, we really want to stain/refinish the deck and eat lots of summer cherries – I usually just eat them as-is. One of my all time favorite things about summer! :)ReplyCancel

  • Aleksandra10/07/2014 - 10:21 am

    I love seeing the grass in your pictures. It makes me feel like I’m sitting with you on your porch and enjoying that beautiful dish. My favourite summer fruit of all time after cherries and peaches are figs. I spent so many blissful summers at my grandmothers picking them directly from her tree and marvelling in their honey-like sweetness.A ripe fig is incomparable!As far as summer is concerned, staying outdoors as much as possible and sipping on anything refreshing is essential!ReplyCancel

  • Christy10/07/2014 - 10:26 am

    Recently discovered your blog when my SIL made the roasted carrots on a bed of spiced yogurt (except she had to grill them because her oven doesn’t work in the house they just bought. Still she had the grace and generosity to make some astounding meals over last weekend–food = love.)

    This summer, I really want to learn to do some food fermenting. I’ve had some amazing slaws and pickles over the past couple of growing seasons and everyone in my family loves this.

    Thanks,
    ChristyReplyCancel

  • Katie10/07/2014 - 10:34 am

    Favourite seasonal vegetable: zucchini. I have many plans for the kilograms I will eat, cook, and (fresh)freeze for winter. My favourite seasonal way to eat it is to make raw zucchini sticks and drizzle with tahini and Sriracha. Bliss.ReplyCancel

  • Smadar10/07/2014 - 10:40 am

    I plan on going to the beach at least once, and I like to enjoy lots of berries this time of year. Straight up berries in a bowl, nothing fancy.ReplyCancel

  • sarah10/07/2014 - 10:50 am

    Oh my gosh, that dish is so beautiful! During the summer, all I want to eat is watermelon. It is just so good.ReplyCancel

  • Megan10/07/2014 - 10:50 am

    This weekend I can’t wait to go kayaking and canoeing with friends. We’ll slither through passages to a few different lakes and then it’s picnic time!ReplyCancel

  • Xanthia10/07/2014 - 10:53 am

    Figs my favorite part of summer. Although they’re delicious raw, if I’m feeling fancy I cut them halfway down in quarters so they fan out like flowers. Then I add on a little fresh goat cheese, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and honey or maple syrup (with a dash of salt and pepper). Grilling these confections under the broiler until the goat cheese starts to melt and the sugars caramelize makes an incredible starter.ReplyCancel

  • Holly10/07/2014 - 10:58 am

    My favorite summer vegetable is zucchini, and although I love it fried, my go-to much healthier way of preparing it is to dip in flour, then almond milk, then seasoned bread crumbs, bake, and serve with a vegan aioli.

    And this summer I plan to take a series of relaxing weekend trips with the hubby, almost all involving a cabin/B&B and a Major League baseball game!ReplyCancel

  • CL10/07/2014 - 11:06 am

    The best way to consume summer fruit is a watermelon soaked in basil gin and bitters, eaten with a spoon straight out of the shell. You’re welcome.ReplyCancel

  • Maria Anne10/07/2014 - 11:14 am

    My favorite summer fruit and vegetable – I really can’t pick just one, but I love zucchini and I love berries! I love any and all grilled vegetables – and I’ve been seeing a lot of people grilling fruit lately, which I really want to try. Mmmm!!
    xo
    mariaReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth10/07/2014 - 11:17 am

    I’m a big fan of Anya’s blog – as well as yours! One of my favorite summer memories is sitting in the garden patch as a kid, knees in the dirt, picking sun hot tomatoes off the vine with salt shaker in hand – bite, sprinkle, bite, sprinkle.ReplyCancel

  • Alanna @ One Tough Cookie10/07/2014 - 11:26 am

    What a gorgeous looking recipe! I especially love your photo of the Thai Basil flowers — when mine first sprouted this year, I couldn’t believe how lovely they looked!

    One of my favourite summer dishes is strawberries tossed in a couple tablespoons of sugar and balsamic vinegar, then cooked until they become thick and jammy. Eaten on ice cream, of course!ReplyCancel

  • marie10/07/2014 - 11:27 am

    1. canoeing with friends!
    2. watermelon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie10/07/2014 - 11:28 am

    For my summer bucket list, I plan to cross off kayaking in the San Juan islands off the coast of Washington when the resident orca pods are in townReplyCancel

  • molly yeh10/07/2014 - 11:34 am

    i have been ALLLLL about the cucumber noodles lately, but it’s zucchini noodles that i have to try! and i love the look of this pumpkin pesto.ReplyCancel

  • Christina10/07/2014 - 11:42 am

    I love fresh peaches with plain yogurt, granola, and mixed spice for breakfast on a summer morning.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie K10/07/2014 - 11:43 am

    I’m hoping to take a road trip to see Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty this summer. Maybe I’ll pack some watermelon for my trip. It’s by far my favorite summer fruit. This zucchini spaghetti looks amazing. I can’t wait to make it!ReplyCancel

  • Autumn10/07/2014 - 11:50 am

    Whoaaa! I’ll be making this salad for sure!!! I’ve been loving the cherries this summer!! They are so juicy and full of flavor!!!ReplyCancel

  • Annie10/07/2014 - 11:55 am

    I’m looking forward to putting together seasonal dishes and cocktails for a housewarming party later this summer and I always love grilled peaches as a go-to summer fruit!ReplyCancel

  • Mer10/07/2014 - 12:04 pm

    This summer, I plan to spot as many fireflies as possible…I didn’t see my first one until I was in my 20s, so I’m making up for lost time!!! They are nothing short of magic.

    My favourite summer fruit is watermelon – cold, scooped,sliced, diced, cubed…in salads with olives and/or mint, on its own, or pureed in tasty beverages…it really doesn’t matter as long as I can shove heaping helpings of it into my face!ReplyCancel

  • Maj-le10/07/2014 - 12:06 pm

    My favorite summer fruit hands down – peaches. There is nothing better than biting into a ripe peach on a lazy summer afternoon outside. But, they are also very taste in peach crisps, peach cobbler and grilled over charcoal and drizzled with some maple syrup.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda10/07/2014 - 12:09 pm

    So yum! This summer I plan to restain the deck and go camping. My favorite summer food are Jersey tomatoes in any kind of salad!ReplyCancel

  • catherine10/07/2014 - 12:12 pm

    i plan on making some roasted tomatillo salsa from my CSA. LOVE that they are grown organically in Ontario and yet feel kind exoticReplyCancel

  • Spring10/07/2014 - 12:19 pm

    I plan to do some major summer hiking in the Rocky Mountains.ReplyCancel

  • Liesel10/07/2014 - 12:22 pm

    As usual, beautiful presentation and photography!

    Favorite summer produce: Has to be a tie between fresh-picked blueberries (on top of homemade granola) and basil from the garden (pesto, pesto, pesto).

    Laura: Your counter tops turned out beautifully. You inspired us to use Helmsman spar urethane on our butcher block island from IKEA and we are so pleased with the results. Just curious – How many coats did you apply?ReplyCancel

  • Eileen10/07/2014 - 12:47 pm

    This zucchini spaghetti sounds amazing! Peaches? What?? :) I have already accomplished my main summer goal — to go to the dog beach in Santa Cruz and spend a few hours watching all the dogs frolic in the waves! And my favorite summer food is, hands down, the tomato, sliced and with a pinch of salt. No need for anything more. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Julie S10/07/2014 - 12:48 pm

    This looks so lovely! My big summer project is starting my garden now that we OWN a house. I’ve always had a makeshift garden at my previous rentals but am so excited to go totally all in! I’ll be taking breaks with thick slices of heirloom tomatoes from the Farmer Market with a sprinkling of sea salt and some torn basil :)ReplyCancel

  • Martina10/07/2014 - 1:04 pm

    Nothing will beat fresh local peaches for me! Plain and simple and soooo delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jade Sheldon-Burnsed10/07/2014 - 1:19 pm

    My husband and I are hoping to have a day at the beach: crepes in the morning, chowder in the afternoon and plenty of walking up and down the beach in between!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Wallen10/07/2014 - 1:23 pm

    Fresh berries (any kind) with a little cream are my favorite summer food.ReplyCancel

  • Eve10/07/2014 - 1:27 pm

    On my summer to do list, was to plant a raised vegetable bed and to tend and harvest it with my two young girls. It is doing really well, and the giant cucumbers are coming up next for harvest. I’ve met a lot of great neighbours, who are enthusiastic about seeing food grown in suburbia.ReplyCancel

  • Jesse10/07/2014 - 1:30 pm

    Beautiful recipe; I just so happened to buy a julienne peeler the other day! Living in the southern U.S., summer nights are balmy and breezy…for the next full moon I wanna strap on my roller skates with their rainbow laces and glow-in-the-dark stickers and soak up the night. The peaches we have down here are amazing (Georgia peaches!) and I loved blending them up and pouring them into Popsicle molds, topped off with some coconut cream. A sweet treat for a hot afternoon, sitting on the stoop in the sunshine.ReplyCancel

  • Beth10/07/2014 - 1:40 pm

    Oh, what a simple and delicious looking dish! Can’t wait to make it myself. I’m looking forward to mint juleps on the porch with the abundance of mint taking over my flower beds. My fav summer fruits are all the berries and peaches, straight up and cobbler or crisp style:)ReplyCancel

  • Saniel10/07/2014 - 1:41 pm

    Peaches and zucchini, great combinationReplyCancel

  • Sandra Lea10/07/2014 - 1:41 pm

    My book club plans to have their next two meetings on the beach with some good food and wine.ReplyCancel

  • Gwen10/07/2014 - 1:55 pm

    Caprese salad made with tomatoes still warm from the garden…this year I planted Brandywine, Russian Black and Berkeley Pink Tie-dye. Sliced with locally made Vancouver Island buffalo mozzarella, and fresh basil. Salt and cold-pressed olive oil.

    Swimming in the ocean in the evening means it’s really summer…ReplyCancel

  • Victoria10/07/2014 - 2:11 pm

    Summer food is a toss up between a simple cucumber+tomato salad with lots of s&p plus a hit of vinegar or eating a whole melon (doesn’t matter which) for breakfast! I DEVOURED the first cantaloupe I got my hands on this season. So good!
    This recipe looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Reeve10/07/2014 - 2:38 pm

    My favourite summer food: watermelon popsicles!ReplyCancel

  • Justyna10/07/2014 - 3:47 pm

    seasonal activity which must be crossed off the to-do list: a weekend camping getaway with friends complete with evening bonfires and midnight swims!ReplyCancel

  • Aleena10/07/2014 - 3:56 pm

    My favorite summer vegetable is summer squash. I love it grilled on a charcoal grill with a olive oil-balsamic coating on it and eating it on my deck with the scenery of the trees in my backyard. It is such a treat.ReplyCancel

  • Jo10/07/2014 - 4:31 pm

    I’m loving summer squashes at the moment, and I have to admit my favourite way to eat them is spirilaized with pesto, just like your amazing dish here! So, in the interest of being original, I’ll share something seasonal I’m planning to do this summer. I’m going to gather together all of my friends with little ones, and head to the PYO blueberry farm and pick a years worth of berries for our freezers. Also make flower-crowns in the field next door and adorn all of our babies with petal-head dresses : ) And I don’t live in the US or Canada, so this was just for fun! Though I’d happily donate the beautiful book to some friends in Canada if I were to win! Hehe. Beautiful pics as always Laura. Happy summer, I’m totally with you an all of your plans and summery snacks! xxReplyCancel

  • Sarah10/07/2014 - 4:43 pm

    1. I want to host an outdoor brunch by the pond at my house. Everyone would wear pajamas and sit on quilts while eating elegant pastries and such. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristie10/07/2014 - 4:49 pm

    I can’t wait to climb to the top of an 11,000 foot peak in the Rockies and see nothing but mountain upon mountains from the top. As far from a city as possible.
    I am living cherries in everything from salads to raw porridge right now. New fave, cherry mole sauce!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Schultz10/07/2014 - 5:15 pm

    My summer list includes: perfecting pasta from scratch without a machine – just simple hand cut shapes and purchasing a tiny chest freezer that will fit down my tiny basement stairs built in 1903 – to fill for the long winter months.

    My favorite summer goods: sun ripe tomato, fresh torn basil, avocado, olive oil salad.

    So simple so satisfying.

    Happy summer to you.ReplyCancel

  • Emma10/07/2014 - 5:28 pm

    My favorite summer food are nectarines. I love to eat them with plain Greek yogurt, raw steel cut oats, and hemp hearts.ReplyCancel

  • shilpa10/07/2014 - 5:38 pm

    Oh Summer how I love thee! Two things that scream summer are Strawberries and Cukes!! I absolutely love both yours and Anya’s blogs. Definitely get so much summer inspiration from them! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Heather10/07/2014 - 5:43 pm

    S’mores on our newly-completed patio!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren10/07/2014 - 6:39 pm

    My favorite summer food is corn, cooked on the grill. I also like to make pickles!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin10/07/2014 - 7:16 pm

    How do I even choose??? Corn, zucchini, tomatoes, and peaches top the list. A fave corn prep: saute diced zucchini and red pepper in a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper; add one ear’s worth of corn fresh from the cob; saute for 1-2 mins, just enough to warm. Butter on top to get all melty, a bit more sea salt and pepper, and spoon into my face. :)ReplyCancel

  • Christine10/07/2014 - 7:17 pm

    Looks yummy! One summery thing I’d love to cross off my list this summer would be to go camping or go on a nice picnic. My favourite summer fruit would probably be nectarines and I eat them with any kind of cheese and maybe honey.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki10/07/2014 - 7:17 pm

    I love using raw zucchini in every possible way !! Thanks for sharing this wonderful dish and lovely vibrant pictures !!ReplyCancel

  • sarah10/07/2014 - 8:08 pm

    I can’t live without watermelon!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca10/07/2014 - 8:58 pm

    YUM. I can’t wait to make this! My it’s-really-summer food is watermelon. My go-to way to eat it is in a HUGE slice on a plate. Sometimes it doesn’t make it that far though, and I crack it open and just dig the spoon in! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily10/07/2014 - 11:02 pm

    I’m planning to do some hiking this summer. Hopefully near the beach!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan11/07/2014 - 1:05 am

    I’ve been dreaming of this book before it hit the shelves, and have been collecting the recipes from other bloggers like yourself, ever since. It’s ironic that I am so fond of The First Mess in all the exact same ways that you love Anya. Likewise, you recreated her recipe beautifully. And what a recipe it is! I do love zucchini in the summer, but my favorite would have to be a fat and sloppy Texas peach, eaten hot and sultry in the sun. And as for my summer adventures, I am hoping to finally catch one of these gnarly storms that have been ripping through town, and chase lightning! It was my childhood dream, and now, my summer reality.

    Thanks Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Erin11/07/2014 - 7:52 am

    My favorite is heirloom tomatoes! I live for the moment they start appearing in the farmers’ markets. I like to eat them raw on crusty brown bread crostini with homemade ricotta and a splash of balsamic vinegar.ReplyCancel

  • Susan11/07/2014 - 8:22 am

    I’d love to check out a new swimming hole south of Austin!ReplyCancel

  • Allison11/07/2014 - 8:45 am

    I love fresh tomatoes, cut up and sprinkled with a (generous) bit of sea salt. So good!ReplyCancel

  • amanda11/07/2014 - 9:08 am

    1. Something seasonal you plan to cross off your list this summer (mine: have a beach picnic, paint my porch, come up with a high-vibe campfire recipe that doesn’t involve beans or oats). — build a mega sand castle

    2. Your favourite summer fruit or vegetable and your go-to way to eat it (mine: tomatoes on toasted sourdough with salt, preferably on the steps of my porch as my mid-morning meal, aka second breakfast) — figs… from branch to mouth, warm and slightly gooey from the sun (like me) :)ReplyCancel

  • Eliza11/07/2014 - 9:59 am

    My favorite summer fruit, by far, is watermelon. I love to eat it cubed with just a little sprinkle of salt with breakfast in the morning or as a mid-afternoon snack.

    My grandfather taught me how to salt watermelon. We used to eat it on an old picnic table at his house in Kentucky, right by his small garden where he grew tomatoes, watermelon, and a few other summer crops!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley11/07/2014 - 10:20 am

    This weekend I will be visiting a camp in the woods on Cape Cod where I had my first nursing job several summers ago. Friends who live there year-round and a visiting friend will meet there for bonfires, pond-swimming, and cocktails on the dock (“docktails”). I have been waiting all winter for this summer treat. I love your blog and Golubka!ReplyCancel

  • Miruska11/07/2014 - 10:34 am

    I live in Calgary, Canada, where winters start in October and end in late May. There is never enough summer. I have a pretty big balcony I have not been able to enjoy. Its concrete pad was in a pretty bad condition and it’s really windy on the 9th floor where I live. This year, my dad helped me resurface the concrete and we put acrylic sheets on the railing to make it less windy. It’s perfect. I bought a nice outdoor rug and some planters and have been having my morning coffee out there every day. I plan to continue for the rest of the summer. Next, barbeque!ReplyCancel

  • Clara11/07/2014 - 10:39 am

    Hi, I was about to buy this book but I will wait until this giveaway!
    1) I would like to have picnics at the park, I never do and I always fantasize of doing them. My favorite fruit is peaches! I can’t get enough of them, and blueberries and plums and all the berries, oh gosh, I love summer season!
    2) quesadillas with avocado and of course Gazpacho!
    Thank you for your generosity!ReplyCancel

  • Madeline11/07/2014 - 10:51 am

    One summery thing I hope to do is take my daughter to the fair for the first time! And my favorite summer fruit has always been mangos. I eat them plain, when they’re perfect and ripe :)ReplyCancel

  • Mandy11/07/2014 - 12:00 pm

    First, by the end of summer, I want to finally achieve a headstand!

    Second, PEACHES!! I have two simple favorites – sliced fresh, atop a crispy polenta cake, topped with gorgonzola/feta/goat cheese and some honey, or a salad of sliced peaches, red onion, feta and mint, drizzled with olive oil, salt & pepper.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa11/07/2014 - 2:07 pm

    With the abundance of fruits and vegetables available in California’s central valley during the summer it is difficult to pick just one, but one all-time favorite is the Kingsburg sweet 100 tomatoes. I like to eat them in a salad or on pasta if any make it home from the farmer’s market — I’ll eat them out of the basket!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin R11/07/2014 - 2:40 pm

    This summer I am looking forward to planting my “verticle” gardens to hang from my fence!

    My favorite summer food is (hands down) watermelon! This season has brought so many scrumptious, sweet and mouth watering melons to my table,its an endless amount of pure bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Anna11/07/2014 - 3:29 pm

    My favourite summer fruit is local strawberries. And my favourite way to eat them is right out of the box after I buy them, walking around the farmers market.ReplyCancel

  • Erin11/07/2014 - 6:44 pm

    Looks great! This summer I’m looking forward to mastering the art of great, healthy ‘travel snacks’ and there is nothing better than basil being used for fresh pesto :)ReplyCancel

  • Elise Hill11/07/2014 - 7:48 pm

    I have been a longtime fan of Golubka and this cookbook looks like a glorious continuation on paper. This coming weekend I am crossing off my summer list, wine tasting and camping along the Oregon coast. My favorite summer vegetable would have to be sun-ripened tomatoes consumed with burrata and sea salt because it reminds me of my honeymoon in Big Sur, CA.ReplyCancel

  • Alison11/07/2014 - 9:38 pm

    Berries! As many different ones as I can get my hands on!! Hopefully I will get to fit in a day on a picking farm in, before the season is over.ReplyCancel

  • Anya11/07/2014 - 10:16 pm

    Laura, I am so, so honored! Thank you for such a kind, thoughtful review – you saw in the book exactly what I hoped readers would see. Hope you get to try the crumble soon :)ReplyCancel

  • Cait12/07/2014 - 10:50 am

    My favorite is fresh corn from the farmers market- grilled with cilantro lime butter, or roasted, cut off the cob, and in a salad with cherry tomatoes, avocado, crab meat, and a honey lime vinaigrette. Yummmmm!

    Summer to do list? Books- reading as many as I can out in the sunshine!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha12/07/2014 - 11:39 am

    This recipe looks outrageously good.

    My favourite summer fruit are cherries, eaten by the handful directly from the tree. Preferably after biking to the orchard!ReplyCancel

  • Leah12/07/2014 - 11:51 am

    Stunning photos as always!!

    I would love to have an outdoor picnic this summer complete with a fancy picnic basket.

    My favorite summer fruit is peaches and I love a good peach cobbler :)ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin12/07/2014 - 9:51 pm

    Grilled peaches with homemade ricotta, honey, and a pinch of salt is a summer favorite and I’m hoping to go blueberry picking in Mississippi!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah12/07/2014 - 11:01 pm

    I was introduced to your blog recently and find myself browsing it often for inspiration and recipes! It truly is a beautiful place to visit! Myself and my family are gluten, dairy and meat free. Anya’s cookbook sounds like a wonderful fit for us! Her recipes that you mentioned have piqued my interest. I would love a copy of her book! To answer question number two, my favourite summertime veg is snap peas. I love their sweetness, and the warmth of the sun soaked pods juxtaposed with the cool crunch of the peas inside. I like them best straight from the plant still standing in my garden. I especially like when my kids are by my side sharing them with me!ReplyCancel

  • Tess13/07/2014 - 3:36 am

    The flavours here are so intriguing! I can’t wait to visit my dad who lives far away, as is summer tradition. I just moved to Minneapolis from Winnipeg, Canada and I really look forward to exploring Minnesota on camping trips during these brief but beautiful warm months. Juicy nectarines, peaches, strawberries and cherries are my favourite summer foods. I’m going to make a tart with fresh strawberries so very soon!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Claire13/07/2014 - 3:54 am

    Strawberries mixed in with vegan yogurt!ReplyCancel

  • Liz S.13/07/2014 - 7:28 am

    My favorite summer fruit = fresh bing cherries. I eat them with raw walnuts or on top of coconut milk ice cream.ReplyCancel

  • Marie13/07/2014 - 7:40 am

    Salads! Soft butter lettuce from Josh and Melissa’s farm and Tokyo turnips, purple radishes, green onions and hemp seeds sprinkled all over, dressed with a yummy maple syrup, lemon juice, garlic and balsamic dressing! Oooh! So good that we dream about it and celebrate the start of the Farmers’ Market season by taking the day off so we can take the time to catch up with everyone, and check out new vendors. Love Summer and all the salad possibilities that lie ahead!ReplyCancel

  • Christy13/07/2014 - 9:20 am

    My favorite summer produce is rhubarb – I love to eat it in strawberry-rhubarb pie! It makes me think of my grandparents and how they always grew rhubarb specifically for strawberry-rhubarb pie :DReplyCancel

  • Jessica Brown13/07/2014 - 9:26 am

    I love making paletas, it is a wonderful contrast to the suffocating humidity of New York City in the summer. My favourite to date is jalapeño and pinapple. I can’t have a weekend in the city without a picnic in the park, people watching – two essentials… portable speakers and cheese!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula13/07/2014 - 10:15 am

    1) We crossed off setting up a hammock chair in the backyard to cozy up and read with my four year old.
    2) We really love our arugula, cilantro and mint straight out of the garden. Otherwise, making your Vanilla-Stewed Rhubarb is always a favourite, and we never go without watermelon mint popsicles in the freezer!ReplyCancel

  • Cristina13/07/2014 - 10:41 am

    Your blog is awesome.

    Tomatoes, hands down. Roughly cut and topped with sea salt, basil and a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil. Stir and let sit until the juices start running then eat and sop it all up with a fresh baguette.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne13/07/2014 - 11:24 am

    1. i am making the forest hike a regular weekend trip
    2. tomatoes on toast with basil and honey – tastes like summer every time

    your blog is beautiful and makes me excited to cook. couldn’t ask for more :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather13/07/2014 - 12:41 pm

    This past week I crossed off my must-have summer adventure: overnight camping on a mountaintop in the Smoky Mountains. After quite a wild thunderstorm in the evening, we were treated to a lovely foggy morning hike through the forest.

    Tomatoes and corn on the cob win the fruit/veg of summer contest for me. I like thick slices of tomato, topped with plain yogurt, fresh basil, and s+p. And I like my corn grilled and topped with a chili-butter.ReplyCancel

  • Emm13/07/2014 - 1:53 pm

    I am obsessed with zucchini spaghetti! I just made some with pesto last night. I finally purchased a spiralizer and I highly recommend it. The Vibrant Table sounds like my kinda book! I would love to have a copy. This summer I want to:

    Host a candlelight dinner for 20 in my backyard – we did it two years ago and it was magical. Something about a balmy night and the sound of many friends enjoying it together.

    Make a dessert with sweet, sweet pluots. Maybe a cobbler – I like crisps, but I’m craving that cake-y batter with the intense juice from the fruit.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel B13/07/2014 - 3:04 pm

    1. Take a day trip on my bike, outside of NYC.
    2. Grilled peaches and halloumi cheese. As an appetizer, while preparing a gourmet meal for friends and family.ReplyCancel

  • Christa13/07/2014 - 5:26 pm

    Oh my, lovely.

    Definitely blueberries, eaten right off the bush. My favorite PIYO place just opened today, and I’m going Wednesday. Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda13/07/2014 - 8:08 pm

    Love the recipe! I discovered kohlrabi this summer, and love it in a simple vinegar-based coleslaw.ReplyCancel

  • Meg13/07/2014 - 8:13 pm

    This looks DIVINE! I’ve had CRAZY cravings for zucchini pasta and pesto lately (what can I say–summer = basil = ALL THE PESTO!!) so this is definitely happening soon. The peaches are an unexpected addition but, no doubt, delicous.

    I’d have to say my favourite thing about summer is going for a nice relaxing run or walk in the evening, just as the sun is going down and the breeze is cooling off.

    Happy summer!ReplyCancel

  • sophie wolanski13/07/2014 - 8:15 pm

    It’s too hard for me to choose one blanket summer favorite, but right now having just come back from a trip to Brazil, where they’re really not about the vegetable or good fresh bread, I’m obsessed with: a perfectly CREAMY AVOCADO spread extra thick on a slice of SPROUTED MICHE, topped with a WHITE ANCHOVY and a good squeeze of LEMON. Ooooh and fresh, crunchy, spicy RADISHES dipped in whipped BUTTER topped with SALT.Omg my stomach is rumbling I need to go……….ReplyCancel

  • S Brenner13/07/2014 - 9:24 pm

    1. Something seasonal you plan to cross off your list this summer: seeing the sun for as many of the next weekends as I can (i.e. escaping the San Francisco summer fog).

    2. Your favourite summer fruit or vegetable and your go-to way to eat it: Current favorites, heirloom tomato sliced and garnished with crumbled feta cheese, oregano, and nice olive oil (great accompaniment to a homemade herb and fennel spanikopita w/ spelt dough) OR any berries or watermelon I can get my hands on. I’m particularly into making ‘fresca’ (w/o extra sugar)…water, ice, and a few strawberries or pieces of watermelon into the blender. Verrry refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • kelli heidtmann13/07/2014 - 9:40 pm

    I am going to build myself an outdoor sleeping area, covered and screen, cool and breezyReplyCancel

  • Cristina Lopez14/07/2014 - 1:43 am

    my summer goal is to go on a road trip up north, and enjoy and revel in the beauty of summer minus the crazy heat waves. preferably with my dog :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristin14/07/2014 - 6:05 am

    Asparagus!!!! We love to put a little olive oil, lemon and a secret seasoning mix that has a little kick to it then put them on the grill. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna14/07/2014 - 2:55 pm

    This summer I’m learning how to grill! I finally bought a grill after 2 years so I’m hoping to find some good recipes and not burn everything :). I love zucchini pasta and this recipe looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey14/07/2014 - 4:21 pm

    I have been loving seeing all these zucchini noodles! I’ve only recently started making them, and am totally hooked. Thea edition of peaches and pesto?? Just. Brilliant. xoReplyCancel

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  • Ashlae15/07/2014 - 10:24 am

    I’ve been wanting to try the zucchini spaghetti ever since I got my hands on the book – but the last time I ate raw zucchini I was bed ridden for two days with what I still swear is the worst stomach bug I’ve ever had. It probably wasn’t the zucchini, but every time I look at zucchini noodles I’m taken back to that terribly miserable day. However, that pesto is another story. I’m gonna smother some brown rice noodles in it later tonight and *maybe* shred some zucchini on top. BABY STEPS, YO.

    PS – Your photos always make me swoon. And I think I tell you that every time.ReplyCancel

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  • Brian @ A Thought For Food22/07/2014 - 9:50 pm

    I can’t remember if I posted on this or not… the recipe seems somewhat familiar but I just can’t recall if I ever told you how beautiful it is. I’m kind of obsessed with everything in this dish. Especially the pesto. I could eat pesto every day and be a happy camper.ReplyCancel

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  • Kathryne01/08/2014 - 10:06 am

    Laura, gorgeous photos, as always. Anya’s book is lovely. It’s so fun to see others’ visual interpretations of recipes. Your kitchen! I love it. Can we talk sometime about how you sealed those counters? I got a kitchen island from Ikea with a similar top and it doesn’t look so good.ReplyCancel

  • Denise03/08/2014 - 12:56 am

    Thank you for the inspiration. This is my favorite summer lunch. Pumpkin seeds are a perfect replacement for pine nuts-I’m allergic to tree nuts.ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish10/08/2014 - 11:56 am

    You’re my new favorite blog!!! I am making this for lunch and couldn’t be more excited! xoxo, KellyReplyCancel

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  • Tess29/09/2014 - 7:19 pm

    Just a question from someone who’s wondering about starting a cooking blog, do you get permission from the cookbooks you post recipes from? Or is it enough that you source/mention where you got them and aren’t claiming they are your own ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright30/09/2014 - 8:25 am

      Hi Tess,
      For this particular recipe, I was promoting my friend Anya’s book on her + her publisher’s request, so I did have very explicit permission to re-print her recipe. Here’s a great article on recipe attribution for future reference though.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Toby01/07/2015 - 6:09 pm

    This is delicious! I added some asparagus for fun but otherwise followed this exactly. Loved it!ReplyCancel