Archive - August, 2011

Easy Shrimp Salad with Peppery Greens, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds

Easy Shrimp Salad with Peppery Greens, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds // wishfulchef.com

I think every meal should be special, even lunch. So when I’m home relaxing by myself I try to stay away from the easy Ramen Noodles and cook something healthier and from scratch. After you make this you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, even if it’s just a simple salad! I had a smaller version for myself but I made this recipe to serve a nice appetizer size for four.

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Vegenaise Macaroni Pasta Salad with Celery, Carrots and Sundried Tomatoes

Vegenaise Macaroni Pasta Salad with Celery, Carrots and Sundried Tomatoes // wishfulchef.com

I haven’t made a cold pasta salad in a long time so I was excited to come up with a simple and healthy version. I also finally had a reason to try Vegenaise. VEGE-wha? Vegenaise is a dairy-free, eggless mayonnaise alternative. I heard about it through a few vegan friends and Gwyneth Paltrow (not my friend) saying how great it was.

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Blended Mango Sorbet – The Fastest and Easiest Sorbet Recipe

Blended Mango Sorbet   The Fastest and Easiest Sorbet Recipe // wishfulchef.com

If you’re looking for an icy dessert fix, this recipe is for you. With just 3 simple ingredients, a blender and about 5 minutes you’ll have a quick healthy summer dessert. I used my trusty Blendtec blender and puréed the mango till there were no more chunks.

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Soft-Shell Crab Pasta – The Easiest Way to Enjoy the Whole Crab

Soft Shell Crab Pasta   The Easiest Way to Enjoy the Whole Crab // wishfulchef.comI love Blue Crabs. Every summer when they’re in season, my family and I sit around a table full of crabs and just pick at them for hours (while seeing who can get the biggest piece of meat out). I’m a slow eater so I’m usually the last one at the table. I really don’t like wasting food and have OCD-like tendencies so I want to get everything! That said, it was like an epiphany the first time I ate soft-shell crabs. The crab flavor is so much more intense since you eat the whole crab, shells and everything.

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Traditional Spanish Sangria with Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice & Rum

Traditional Spanish Sangria with Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice & Rum // wishfulchef.comIt may be too early in the week but I just had to post a sangria recipe before the summer’s over! Sangria is a common wine punch made popular from Portugal and Spain. The wine (usually red) is added with rum, brandy or other spirits, and is sweetened by sugar and fruit.

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Cold Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Bell Peppers and Red Onions

Cold Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Bell Peppers and Red Onions // wishfulchef.comDuring the summer you see corn everywhere, so the other day I picked up a few cobs at my local farmers market. Here’s a super easy cold corn salad recipe you can eat cold on those hot summer nights. It’s sweet, crunchy and a perfect side dish for a family picnic.

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