Roasted Summer Salad

Good afternoon! Today's post is all about my Roasted Summer Salad. Right now there are so many vegetables that are in season and this means that they taste their most delicious and they're also more affordable. You can make this as a lunch for two, a dinner for one, or as a side dish without the lettuce. It is also vegan & gluten free. 

For this recipe you will need: (serves 1-2)

1 zucchini, sliced in rounds

A dozen cherry tomatoes (these were from my own balcony garden!)

2 medium-sized potatoes, half moon slices 

2 green onions, sliced 

A handful of fresh herbs (whatever you have on hand works; I used parsley, basil & rosemary)

2 tbsp of olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Butter lettuce leaves (or any other greens you have on hand)

Seeds, nuts, anything crunchy & nutritious 

To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper all throw everything together except for the green onions, lettuce, and nuts. Toss everything together so the veggies are well coated. Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes or until everything is golden brown and delicious. 

To assemble your salad, place your butter lettuce leaves or greens as the base in your bowl. Put all the roasted goodness within the lettuce cup/base, and sprinkle the green onions and nuts as a garnish. For a dressing, balsamic vinegar works well. You can keep this plain as well as it is quite flavourful. Enjoy! 

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Mystic Magic & Indigogo Campaign (ad)

I just recently stumbled upon Mystic Magic. It is a fashion brand that has a unique look and has up until now only produced masks and headwear. They are looking to venture into the world of clothing, while keeping with their very creative vibe. They are currently campaigning to raise enough funds for their clothing creation dreams, and they need some help. The campaign ends on June 25th, and you can access it here. There are gifts given to those to contribute to their clothing fund. And if all goes well, they'd like to be in London Fashion Week. I think it is important to support young emerging artists, and this chap is 21 and from the UK. The brand Mystic Magic is edgy and has a very distinct look, which is so important in the fashion world. As I am a huge art and art history lover, I can appreciate a creative fashion brand that is formed by such a passionate individual. Follow the link to view their campaign and to learn about their fashion brand!

Good luck Mystic Magic on your campaign! I wish you all the best!

Here's a link to their own website if you'd like to see what their currently sporting.

PS. I'm doing a twitter chat at 1200 EDT tomorrow June 9th so please join in with the hashtag #ltbloggers. Find me on twitter @melodyyannep.

Summer Time Fridge Clearing

Hello my fellow InBetweeners! It has been a while since I posted something because I've been really busy with getting my apartment together! There will be a series of Apartment postings coming soon, and you can judge my personal decorating skills.

Summertime means fresh and healthy food that is uber delicious, and I'm all about that. This week I made a pizza and salad using leftover fruits and veggies (and cheese!) in my fridge.

I had some pizza dough on hand so I rolled it out and slathered it with red pepper pesto. I topped that with grated mozzarella, sliced and diced peppers, tomatoes, and red onions. I finished off the pizza with more mozzarella, and goat cheese! (I absolutely love goat cheese so I always keep it in my fridge. PC Blue Menu is a fantastic and cost-effective choice!)

I had half a watermelon left in my fridge, and without this clearing, I probably would have forgotten about it. I LOVE watermelon. It can be sweet or savoury, and although the pizza and watermelon is an odd combo, it is so refreshing! I cubed the watermelon, added a little salt, oil, lime juice, and cilantro (from my very own balcony herb garden). I finished it with feta cheese, and I was good to go.

It was so scrumptious. I can't recommend enough clearing your fridge once in a while and using what you have on hand to create a meal! It saves you money, and you'll learn to be creative.

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How to Make a Salad

I am called the "Salad Queen", not that I'm bragging. Salads are wonderful for you, taste delicious, and really can fill you up! They are also a way for you to use anything you already have on hand, and will cost you nothing by the end of it. For a fantastic salad, you need: A light dressing. Just a little bit. Make your own or buy one. (and remember, a lot of dressing doesn't always mean a lot of flavour!)

A leafy green. I personally love kale or baby spinach. Feel free to mix them both, buy a spring mix, or just do a simple romaine! I think that salads are all about maximizing flavour and healthy essentials.

Fruits and veggies. I am a BIG believer in putting fruit in my salad. It adds such a great dimension. Try adding sliced apple, pear, or even berries!

Nuts, seeds, dried fruits. Any type of nuts, seeds, or dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, or apricots. I like walnuts, almonds, flax seeds, and pepitas. Experiment and put what you like. Try to get raw nuts for greater benefits!

Anything else. I personally love cheese so I always add it to my salad. Just a little bit goes a long way. Goat cheese, brie, mozzarella, you name it, it's been in there. Also, if you need a carb, add croutons, or a slice of bread.

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This salad I made today had baby kale, sliced pear, almonds, soya nuts, flax seeds, pepitas, golden raisins, brie, and a lemon poppyseed dressing! So satisfying and delicious! Get creative with your salad, and enjoy! What are your thoughts on salad?