Simple Tomato Salad

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SIMPLE-TOMATO-SALAD

It is that time of year.  My girls are back in school & I’m starting to think fall thoughts, but I’m not quite ready for the cold that I know is coming here in the midwest!  I find myself holding onto summer. The flavors of vine ripened tomatoes and fresh basil helps me savor these last few days of August!

I’m continuing to love my square foot garden.  I practically ignore it all summer long and it produces amazingness with no weeds.  It is my type of gardening.  This year I kept it simple by planting just 2 types of tomatoes (early girls & cherry 100’s), one cucumber plant, one basil plant, and some swiss chard.  I have had great success with no garden pests this year.  Last year I was bugged by those ugly, squash bugs and it was dreadful!

We have had enough rain lately to give my tomatoes a huge growth spurt, and I’m super excited to make some Freezer Salsa & Henry & David Knockoff Onion & Pepper Relish with the abundance of tomatoes that I have.

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In the meantime, I have been enjoying the tomatoes by simply slicing them, sprinkling them with ribbons of fresh basil, a bit of feta, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  I sprinkle just a bit of garlic salt and pepper to taste. This could not be more simple or delicious! It tastes so fresh, the sweetness of the tomatoes and balsamic, the bite of feta and the freshness of the basil all come together to create a mouthful of flavor.  It is simply delicious!

PINTEREST-BOARD-TOMATOES

Do you have an abundance of tomatoes? Need some great ideas of how to use them? Then go visit my Recipes: Tomatoes! board on Pinterest.

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Simple Sliced Tomato

(a no recipe, recipe)

1 tomato

2-3 leaves fresh basil, rolled up then sliced into ribbons

a bit of feta cheese

a drizzle of balsamic vinegar

a sprinkle of garlic salt

a sprinkle of pepper

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Slice the tomatoes, sprinkle with basil, feta, garlic salt & pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!

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What are your favorite ways to use up those garden or fresh from the farmer’s market tomatoes?

Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf

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Summer Kitchen Adventures

We have had our share of cloudy summer days here in the Midwest, and although I miss the sunshine on those days, they are great days to stay indoors and get creative!  My youngest daughter, Avery, is always up for an adventure in the kitchen, so on a recent cloudy day we decided to bake up some sunshine of our own and make Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf.

I also have two teenage daughters, Teagan and Colsie, but they are much less enthusiastic to get in the kitchen, so it was all up to Avery and I to make this amazing bread that was full of fruit and oh so moist!

Avery is my very capable baker.  If you follow my instagram feed you’ve seen some of the incredible things she has baked up.  I asked her if she wanted to make this recipe alone and she said “Let’s do it together.” I loved hearing that.  She usually has her own plan and loves independence in the kitchen, so to hear her excitement about doing some summer baking together made this Momma happy.

This loaf was really fun and easy to make.  I love any recipe that involves mixing the dry ingredients, then making a “well” for the wet ingredients.  I also love any recipe that allows me to keep my mixer stored away and clean.

The citrus comes from grated lemon rind, which adds such a great fresh flavor.  Raspberry and lemon go so well together, which makes this bread special, but the ingredient that makes it extra special and moist is Yulu yogurt.

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HELLO YULU. GOODBYE GREEK.

My new favorite brand of yogurt is called Yulu.

I have never been a big fan of the sour taste of yogurt.  I’m a bit picky with my yogurt, as I prefer it to be creamy, but not as thick as Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt tends to be an “acquired taste,” as it is quite tangy, so I have stayed away from it.

Yulu is an Aussie-style yogurt that is made here in the USA.  It is double-smoothed and double-creamed, so it was a whole new yogurt experience for me.  It is not too thick or not too thin. It does not have the too-sour quality that is found in Greek yogurt. I think it tastes divine.

It comes in a container that is see-thru, which I thought was pretty cool and is a clear sign of the honest company that it is.    The ingredient list made me smile as they use real fruit, fruit juice and even vegetable juices for color and flavor– so no artificial colors– and it there is 9 grams of protein in each cup.

If you want to know more about Yulu, you can check them out here  and sign up for the Yulu newsletter for coupons, giveaways & more!  Keep in mind that Yulu is a new product on the market, so check their site for locations & availability in your area.

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Raspberry Yogurt Lemon Loaf

Back to our summer kitchen adventure, I gathered all the ingredients and Avery started in on the measuring.  She was a rockstar with grating the lemon rind, which is not my favorite job so I was happy to let her go to town on that.  It came together in minutes, smelled amazing while baking, & made a great sunshine snack on a cloudy summer day.

Recipe

2 cups plain flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)

2 eggs

1 cup Yulu Raspberry Yogurt (about 2 small containers)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups rasberries (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind

 

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a 1lb loaf pan with oil.

Combine flour, sugar, & baking powder in a bowl.  Made a well in the center of the bowl.

In a separate bowl combine oil, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla.

Add wet mixture into the dry well and mix well.

Gently fold in raspberries and lemon rind.

Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, and a knife comes out clean.

45-60 minutes.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yulu. The opinions and text are all mine.