Easy Summer Recipes

I’ve been cooking. Yay! Nothing fancy, but I lean towards easy as hell and light. I made like 2 lbs of quinoa last week and pretty much ate some variety of it every day. Cumin-scented black beans and quinoa, lemon-scented chickpeas and quinoa, zucchini-scented carrots and quinoa, etc.  Also, I made a pretty divine cauliflower soup that is my favorite go-to recipe in the summer. We eat it with bread and wine much like everything else. Easy as hell recipes below.

Images by moi!

Cumin-scented quinoa and black beans

Quinoa (obviously)
Olive oil
1 onion
A couple cloves of garlic
As much cumin as you can stand (I like about a tablespoon)
1 can of black beans
A few tomatoes
Salt and pepper

Cook giant batch of quinoa according to instructions on box. Heat about one tablespoon olive oil in a pan and saute onions with cumin for a few minutes. Add garlic and cook additional minute. Add beans, quinoa and tomatoes, cover and simmer for a few minutes until beans are heated through. Salt and pepper to taste and garnish with cilantro.

Quinoa and chickpea salad

Quinoa (cold)
3 cloves of garlic
Handful of chives
Some parsley
A few tomatoes
1 can of chickpeas
Olive oil
1 lemon
Salt and pepper

Chop garlic, chives and tomatoes and mix well with cold quinoa in a bowl. Add chickpeas, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with parsley. This makes an amazing lunch too!

Cauliflower soup

1 head of cauliflower, chopped
2 small potatoes, peeled and diced into tiny cubes
1 small yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 cloves of shallots
1 cup aged cheddar
1 tblsp olive oil
4 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper

Saute onions and shallots in olive oil over medium high heat for about two minutes. Add garlic, potatoes and a pinch of salt, cover and cook until potatoes are near tender. Add cauliflower and broth, bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a regular blender) to puree the soup. Add half a cup of cheese and blend some more. Transfer to bowl, season with pepper, top with cheese and chives and chow down.


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17 thoughts on “Easy Summer Recipes

  1. belenotero says:

    All of these look so delicious!!! I recently found out that i am sensitive to Quinoa and had to remove it from my diet. Which is extremely devastating because i would eat quinoa like 5 times a week. So i will just droll over these images.

  2. Hold the lemons…. those salads look amazing! And your food photography is killer, girl! I’m always looking for easy salads or apps that I can take a long with me to friends… perfert! Thanks dear for sharing!

  3. GORGEOUS photos and they all look delish! The soup especially needs to get in my belly. In culinary school, we used to make a quinoa/black bean salad just like that. Secret ingredient: diced fresh pineapple. Sounds crazy, but trust, it’s delish.

  4. thank you for these! i have recently been forced to go gluten-free and quinoa used to be the bane of my existence but these look tasty. very nice photos to boot!

  5. Lauren says:

    These look so good. I’m a huge fan of quinoa and chickpeas. And especially all things easy.

    Did you see on the Bachelorette when the guy kept pronouncing it ka-no-a. It was hilarious!

  6. designstiles says:

    Yay. Glad you’re back to showing your photog skilz. Yum. I’ll def have to try that cauliflower soup. PS – I still make your quinoa with beans recipe.

  7. um yummers! I love quinoa but rarely cook it – i need to fix this situation!

  8. trialsinfood says:

    i tried quinoa for the first time last week and loved it! these recipes look easy and delicious!

  9. Lily says:

    It all sounds delish…and easy is right up my alley…gorgeous pictures too !!


  10. The quinoa salad sounds delicious! I love having that in the summer because it is so light and refreshing. Great post lady xoxo

  11. elizabeth says:

    Why does the quinoa always have to be scented with something else? I have never had quinoa and this mess sounds way to healthy for me. I love you Sabz, but I can’t eat this way. Where are the donuts and wine?
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)

  12. And what lovely images they are! That soup sounds magical, as do the two salads of course 😀

  13. kristina says:

    mmmmm, these look so mouthwatering!!!! and healthy!!!!!

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