Garden Party

Garden party menu and decor ideasFor the longest time I’ve wanted to host a garden party. I don’t know where the idea came from, but I’ve always daydreamed about cooking a lovely dinner for close friends using ingredients from my garden and from the local farmers’ market. I imagined we’d dine at sunset and drink wine as we laughed into the night. And that’s pretty much exactly what we did. It was picture perfect. I didn’t mess anything up and I can’t wait to do it again next summer!

With a little planning, you can host an incredible garden party, too. Here’s how my co-host and I pulled it off.

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Tomato Tart with Vegan Lemon Ricotta (Gluten Free, Paleo)

Tomato Tart recipe | This gluten-free, paleo tomato tart is a delicious and healthy appetizer that's pretty enough for a party. A paleo tart crust is layered with dairy-free pesto, vegan lemon ricotta cheese, and topped with roasted tomatoes and fresh basil.

The best tasting food around is pretty much always going to be the freshest. That’s why I love the farmers’ market so very much. This weekend I went to my favorite market, the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market on Lyndale Avenue and was inspired to make a tomato tart with lemony ricotta and a tasty basil pesto. It turned out incredible not only because the flavors go so well together, but because the ingredients are as fresh as they come. The basil and cherry tomatoes I bought were both grown right here in Minnesota.

Tomato Tart recipe | This gluten-free, paleo tomato tart is a delicious and healthy appetizer that's pretty enough for a party. A paleo tart crust is layered with dairy-free pesto, vegan lemon ricotta cheese, and topped with roasted tomatoes and fresh basil. Continue reading

Easy Lettuce Wraps

Easy Vegan Lettuce Wraps | These lettuce wraps are the easiest, quickest lunch ever. Plus, they're healthy and filling and you can add just about anything to them. [gluten free, vegetarian recipe]

Looking for an easy, healthy AND tasty lunch that’s loaded with vegetables? These lettuce wraps are probably the best you’ll find. You can load them up with whatever veggies and fillings you want. Add nutritious toppings like hemp seeds or other favorites and you’re in business! Plus, they’re one of the easiest to put together because you assemble as you go.

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Corn Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Corn Salad | This easy corn salad recipe has just three simple ingredients (not including s&p!). It's fresh and sweet and smoky and delicious. And you should definitely try it. It's a perfect summer side dish to build upon!

I am obsessed with this corn salad. Per usual, my favorite part about it is that you can build upon it and include your favorite summer staples. I’m imagining fresh grape or cherry tomatoes and some diced avocado. Or maybe you make it Mexican style and add black olives, black beans, tomatoes and some green chiles. You could even add in some fruit to make it a sweet/savory combo, like peaches or pears.

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