It's amazing how a single red dress inspired me to look at all the gorgeous summer produce sitting on my kitchen countertop a little differently. Just taking a moment to appreciate the vibrant hues of the season - and this might sound silly - reminds you of the beauty of good food, and that it can be breathtaking sometimes (often times). And when your fridge, your plate, your diet is vibrant, it's a fail-proof sign that you're eating healthfully, smartly and deliciously. I present you with some of summer's best as an example. Antioxidant-packed heirloom and cherry tomatoes (which immediately encouraged me to do up a simple, scrumptious snack of heirloom tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella dotted with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and a sprinkling of that red chili you see above). The tomato crop is unbelievable this season, so make a run to your local greenmarket asap and stock up. Major flavor and major nutrients, and mini-calories - which leaves you a little more room for a nice piece of ciabatta, baguette or whole wheat sourdough with that tomato, basil, mozzarella salad below. Also tossed into the bowl above are 2 Turkish eggplants (those little red guys with stems on the left side). I'd never seen them before I stumbled upon them at the farmers market last weekend - and fortunately so, they're wonderful grilled or quickly sauteed.
tomato, basil, mozzarella salad = the perfect snack or starter
a little more red love...summer tristar strawberries
my red dress that inspired it all...
you can't go wrong with summer fun and sparkles - and a plate of delicious fresh food!