Looking for fresh and easy summer meals?

With the summer months so full of on-the-go outdoor activities, get-togethers, and socializing with friends and families, it can be hard to slow down and spend time cooking in the kitchen!

I love having a few simple summer staple recipes that are healthy, fresh and light, and easy to make when you’re short on time and energy. Last month I shared my favorite allergy-friendly, nutrient rich Fiesta Bean Salad recipe and a special dessert I made using a secret ingredient – Aquafaba! Catch me on Daytime Tri-Cities here, recipes below!

Fiesta Bean Salad

1 can of low-sodium chickpeas (rinsed, liquid saved)

1 can of low-sodium black beans (rinsed)

1 can of sweet corn (or 1.5 cups of fresh roasted or grilled corn off the cob)

1 cup diced bell pepper

1 cup diced cherry tomatoes


1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp cumin

juice of 1 lime

cayenne pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, stir to blend well. Enjoy!


Aquafaba Berries and Cream

Liquid from 1 can of chickpeas (aquafaba)

Mixed Berries

1/8 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp vanilla

sugar to taste

Reduce aquafaba on stove over low heat for ten minutes. Pour into immersion blender or handheld mixer, add cream of tartar, vanilla, sugar, whip until fluffy. Add berries, enjoy!


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