Salads, Side Dishes

Chicken Salad with Tomato and Cucumber

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup small-dice onions 2 cups medium-dice English cucumber 2 cups medium-dice seeded plum tomatoes 2 cups medium-dice cooked chicken breast 1/4 cup rough chop cilantro leaves and stems 3 tablespoons olive oil Juice of 2 lemons 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste if needed […]

Salads

Corn and Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Makes 4 to 6 servings This salad is simple as summer, with the season’s biggest flavor powerhouse ingredients. Serve it as a side dish or as a main course topped with grilled shrimp or stewed  beans. We love it for lunch with a slice of crusty bread to soak up […]

Allergen Friendly, Salads

Creamy Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings We don’t like to dumb food down for kids, but we also know that sometimes kids are picky. So this plant-forward (vegan, in fact!) pasta salad is just a good starting point. The tangy chickpea dressing is creamy like mayo, but packed with protein. Add […]

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Election Day Fried Chicken

As far as we know, Election Day fried chicken is not a tradition, though maybe it should be? If, like the rest of the country, your nerves are a little shot after this election cycle (give it a rest, 2020!), Election Day Buttermilk Fried Chicken might be the thing for […]

Salads

Farro Caprese Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings Farro is a nutty, chewy grain commonly used in Italian cuisine. Tossed with the classic components of a caprese salad, like creamy mozzarella cheese and sweet summer tomatoes, you will love it for school lunches, a take-along picnic dish, or a side for grilled chicken […]

Beverages & Cocktails

Frozen Mint Limeade

Makes 8 Servings Ingredients 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup water 1 1/4 cups lime juice (from about 10 limes) 3 lb crushed ice 1 cup mint leaves Directions In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water and simmer to dissolve the sugar, about 1 minute. Set aside […]

Beverages & Cocktails

Hibiscus-Ginger Soda

Makes 4 to 6 servings Hibiscus tea (which is the primary ingredient in this soda) is slightly bitter, a little tart, and not at all sweet, so we balance it with a touch of honey. You can also serve simple syrup on the side for guests to sweeten, as they […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Yaupon Tea

In the deep summer, when the Texas sun beats relentlessly and sends temperatures over 100 degrees day after day, even the heartiest of native plants wilt. But there is one plant that seems to thrive in the toughest of conditions, growing lush and green under the harsh Texas sun. Yaupon […]

Salads

Kale, Cashew, and Cranberry Pasta Salad

Makes 4 to 6 portions This pasta salad is great cold or at room temperature (a gift from the meal prep fairies), but it’s just as good hot, if you don’t have time to give it a good chill. Ingredients 12 oz whole wheat penne 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 […]