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Watermelon Bites with Fresh Basil and Halloumi Cheese

These are ridiculously easy to make and a delightful combination!

Watermelon, grilled or fried Halloumi (Greek cheese) and fresh basil on a skewer makes for a lovely appetizer.

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Ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Halloumi (Greek cheese)

Directions

  • Fry or grill the Halloumi for a minute or two, then slice it into small <1″ cubes
  • Slice watermelon in cubes
  • Layer watermelon, Halloumi and basil on skewers
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Peach, Avocado, Tomato, and Basil Salad with Goat Cheese

I try and make a really big salad with every dinner.

I love when I can put so many flavorful fruits, veggies, and herbs in there, that you don’t really need a fancy dressing.  I drizzled a little bit of olive oil, honey, and a bit of sea salt and pepper on top of this, and it was good to go!Blog Peach Avocado Tomato Goat Cheese Basil Salad-1 Blog Peach Avocado Tomato Goat Cheese Basil Salad-2 Blog Peach Avocado Tomato Goat Cheese Basil Salad-3 Blog Peach Avocado Tomato Goat Cheese Basil Salad-4

Ingredients

  • Large handful of mixed greens.
  • 4-5 Large basil leaves shredded
  • 1/2 Medium avocado diced
  • 1 medium size peach
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes or about 1 cup of roma or heirloom tomatoes cut.
  • 2 Tablespoons of goat cheese
  • Drizzle olive oil over the top and a little bit of raw honey.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy 🙂dit-elle-Lauren

Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella and Watermelon Skewers

We’re having another “heat wave” (Seattle doesn’t really know what to do when it’s 80+ degrees (except celebrate perhaps). Get to 90+ though and we start melting). With no air conditioning, we try not to cook and bake much, instead we head to the lake for picnic dinners or grill on our deck. These skewers require no grilling or cooking however and are totally summer, totally simple, and totally delicious.

We had these at a wedding few weeks ago in California. It was the perfect appetizer.

You skewer cherry tomatoes, cubed mozzarella, cubed watermelon and fresh basil leaves. Then drizzle with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette and serve! So easy!

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Ingredients

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Watermelon, slice into 1″ cubes
  • Mozzarella, cubed
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Skewers (look for bamboo knot cocktail / Hors’ D’oeuvre picks)

 Directions

  • Skewer tomatoes, watermelon and cheese with basil layered in
  • Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve
  • Enjoy!

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Lemon Basil Cookies

My basil plant has been loving the heat wave in Seattle and growing like crazy! These lemon basil cookies are great for breakfast or as a quick snack – keep in the freezer for a yummy cold paleo cookie treat! Grain free, dairy free, soy free, egg free! Blog Basil lemon paleo cookies-2 Blog Basil lemon paleo cookies-1 Ingredients

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ÂĽ teaspoon baking soda
  • ÂĽ cup coconut butter
  • ÂĽ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions

  • Combine almond flour and baking soda in a food processor
  • Pulse in coconut butter, honey, basil, and lemon zest
  • Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Press balls of dough down to flatten
  • Bake at 350° for 6-10 minutes
  • Cool for 2 hours
  • Serve or freeze for an easy protein rich snack!

Inspired and modified. Thanks Elanaspantry.com dit-elle-Esther

Basil Lime Fruit Salad

This recipe takes your standard fruit salad and adds a savory undertone and some garden party elegance! 🙂 With whipped cream or coconut milk – it is pure deliciousness! I served this for my Easter brunch and made the syrup days in advance – you can clean and cut the fruit a day in advance, refrigerate separately and toss to serve!

The original recipe called for a 1/2 cup of sugar in the syrup but I generally don’t add sweeteners to fruit. I did add one tablespoon of agave syrup however to balance out the lime and basil. There’s definitely some flexibility here so go ahead and taste your way to the perfect syrup. 🙂

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Ingredients

Syrup

  • 1 Tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp grated lime rind

Fruit

  • You can really use whatever fruit your heart and tummy desires including but not limited to –
  • Cubed pineapple (about one medium)
  • Quartered strawberries (about 1lb)
  • Cubed peeled mango (1 or 2)
  • 4 kiwifruit, peeled, halved and sliced
  • Grapes, apples, pears, oranges..

Directions

  • Combine agave and water and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in basil and lime rind
  • Cool and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Discard solids.
  • Combine cleaned and chopped fruit and drizzle with syrup right before serving
  • Toss gently
  • Garnish with whipped cream, coconut milk and a mint leaf! 🙂

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Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cream Sauce

Sound amazing? Look amazing? It is. Chicken is baked in a sun-dried and basil cream sauce.. wow!

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Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Melt butter in the skillet on medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant but not brown, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan, thyme, oregano and basil.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Place chicken into baking dish. Cover with sauce and place in hot oven.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees F.
  • Serve chicken immediately, garnished with basil, if desired.

Thanks DamnDelicious.net for the inspiration. I modified the recipe quite a bit to make it quicker to make. But wow, that was still amazing!

dit-elle-Esther