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If you can't stand the heat, get INTO the kitchen?

It may sound counter-intuitive, but heading into the kitchen after an exhausting and incredibly hot day* is actually one of the best things you can do. Making a meal for yourself is meditative. It gives you time to reflect and decompress before heading to bed. All you have to do is keep it simple (and keep the actual cooking to a minimum).

 Mid-cooking snack: light rye Wasa cracker with lemon avocado, Beth's Farm Kitchen mighty hot pepper jelly & mint

Mid-cooking snack: light rye Wasa cracker with lemon avocado, Beth's Farm Kitchen mighty hot pepper jelly & mint

Nothing is easier than tossing a big salad with some healthy fats, greens, grains and protein. The key is to trust your instincts when choosing ingredients and determining ratios. A good rule of thumb is to start with less and add more, tasting as you go.

My Salad

Quinoa, Brussels sprouts, crunchy sprouts, heirloom tomato, mint, mashed avocado

My Dressing: 

Lemon juice, EVOO, hot honey, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, paprika, salt & pepper

 Yellow grape heirloom tomato

Yellow grape heirloom tomato

 Red quinoa

Red quinoa

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Crunchy, healthy, & delicious!

xo, 

Lo

*Record breaking temps for 2014 in NYC today, hitting 92 degrees!