Caprese Quinoa Grilled Zucchini Boats

Caprese Quinoa Grilled Zucchini Boats - easy, healthy, summery vegetarian meal!

All the summer flavors stuffed and grilled and cheesed!

It’s a struggle for me not to make a caprese version of every type of food. Tomatoes (especially this time of year), are like candy to me, basil has a special place in my heart (read more about that here – hi Ryan!), and fresh mozzarella may be the most perfect cheese of all time.

Except for possibly burrata, which is mozzarella stuffed with cream and mozzarella. So still, mozzarella just wins, especially in the summer.

Black Bean and Tofu Breakfast Tostadas

Tofu Breakfast Tostadas - spiced salsa black beans and seasoned tofu on top of a crisp baked tortilla! Flavorful, high-protein savory egg-free breakfast!

Full disclosure: I’m a vegetarian who loves tofu. Have you noticed? See examples A, B, C, D, etc.

I’m also a vegetarian who doesn’t like eggs. I know, people love eggs. I know, eggs are big in the blogosphere right now. I’m not part of that trend, but I AM part of the vegan breakfast tostada trend!

Ok so that’s not a thing yet. It’s gonna be a thing!

Superfood Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding

Superfood Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding - Thick, creamy pudding made from superfoods like chia seeds, cocoa powder, and spinach!

It’s thick, chocolatey and luxurious, and you’re going to think I’m a weirdo when you see the ingredient list.

I tried chia pudding once last spring, and those little balls of gelled seeds (appealing description, right?) were NOT for me. I could do chia seeds blended in smoothies or sprinkled on top of peanut butter toast, but soaking them in liquid and deeming the result “pudding” seemed like blasphemy.

Grilled Romaine Salad with Basil Hummus Dressing

Grilled Romaine Salad with Basil Hummus Dressing - a fresh, summery meal packed with veggies and flavor!
Welcome, friends, to my new favorite thing.

GRILLED ROMAINE! It retains it’s crunch, but the leaves become a little buttery with the olive oil and the heat, and then they get just a bit golden brown char that adds a touch of smokiness.

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins - soft, sweet, and decadent, made gluten free with homemade quinoa flour and almond flour!

An alternate title for this post could be, “I don’t know why it works but it does.” I can’t tell you why the zucchini-in-desserts thing works, or why these gluten free flours bake up like regular flours without the help of an egg, but they do, and I like it.

This recipe is based off of a recipe I received from my friend Terese’s mom, which may be found here. When Ryan and I had a garden a couple years ago, and more zucchini than we knew what to do with, he requested Terese’s mom’s zucchini cake. That recipe delivers in all kinds of sweet, chocolatey, crunchy-top ways. I believe we ate the entire 9×13-inch pan in about 4 days.