Wild Rice & Chickpea Tabbouleh

Wild Rice & Chickpea Tabbouleh

There are certain recipes that I gravitate to when I know my schedule is going to get hectic.  Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken is definitely one of them, but right next to it at the top of that list is this wild rice salad.  I love that it holds up for several days, so it fits well into a meal prep day and gives you a few different options for lunches and/or dinners throughout the week. 

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Chilled Cucumber Bruschetta Soup

Chilled Cucumber Bruschetta Soup

Recently, we celebrated Bert’s birthday and my uncle in-law gifted me with a whole bag of cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes from his garden. Given that I have a notorious black thumb, any time that someone wants to pawn off their garden surplus on me, I am so very happy to oblige. I’ve been thinking about a chilled cucumber soup lately, and then Uncle Joe showed up with a whole bag of cucumbers!  Clearly the universe decided that chilled cucumber soup needed to make an appearance here at Always Daydreaming, so here we are.

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Pineapple & Cucumber Salsa

Pineapple & Cucumber Salsa

The 4th of July is just around the corner folks!  I feel like once the 4th is over, summer flies by so fast and before you know it we’re shopping for school clothes and gearing up for fall sports.  June passes by at a normal pace and come July and August, time moves at warp speed, what’s that all about?  Lucky for us, the 4th is one of those rare holidays that seems made for lazy days outside, hanging out at the lake, by the pool, or in your backyard with a sprinkler.  A fun drink and snacks are all you need! 

The downside of cutting wheat and dairy from my diet is that it really eliminates a large chunk of appetizer and snack options. As we all know, the best appetizers include warm, gooey cheese and/or bread, preferably both. Sure there are options out there, like marinated vegetables or antipasta kebobs, or something else along those lines. But sometimes what you need is something that you can throw in a bowl with a basket of dippers and be done and if that is your goal, then salsa is where it’s at.  And that is exactly why salsa is the answer to my snacking and appetizer conundrum. I make it for everything, all of the time, all year round.

Pineapple & Cucumber Salsa

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