Unusual recipes

What to Cook This June

What to Cook This June

How are you doing? My heart has been heavy since the cruel and senseless murder of George Floyd. I’ve realized that hoping for change is not enough, nor is considering myself a non-racist. Black lives matter.

I have work to do. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been listening to the Black community and contemplating how to become a more active part of the solution. Here are a few resources that I’ve found educational, and links to additional books and resources that I’m just beginning. If you have any additional suggestions, please let me know.

  • Trevor Noah on Protests
  • Anti-Racism Resources for White People: I’m working through this list, and it offers far more resources than provided here.
  • Kansas City: Black-Owned Businesses
  • Podcast: 1619, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • Books: How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi, Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Tim Madigan

We all need nourishment during times of stress and unrest, so here is my belated monthly list of in-season recipes. Be well. ♥

Avocado

Creamy Avocado Dip

Gluten free and vegan

“Another dinner success! This was surprisingly tasty. I honestly passed this up thinking “eh” but then my friends had a fiesta dinner and I was dying for an excuse not to eat their steak or ground beef tacos so I made the refried beans for my tacos. Tonight I made the avocado sauce and pickled onions with it….YUM. And super easy!!” – Erin

More avocado recipes »

Beets

Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Gluten free and vegan

“This could be THE best salad I have ever made. I have a vegan friend who I am always trying to find interesting recipes for and she also loved it. I made it exactly as per your recipe apart from adding a mixture of toasted almond flakes and pumpkins seeds.” – Heather

More beet recipes »

Blueberries

Blueberry Almond Crisp

Gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe notes)

“This was delicious, served with vanilla ice cream and topped leftovers with some plain yogurt. Such a simple dessert!” – Lindsay

More blueberry recipes »

Cherries

Cherry Couscous & Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe notes)

“Just had this for dinner and it was just as amazing as it looked!” – Kate

More cherry recipes »

Cucumber

Gaby’s Cucumber Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“Made this immediately last night and loved it – my daughter as well! Quick and easy for when you get home from work – served alongside pasta.” – Connie

More cucumber recipes »

Green Beans

Green Bean Salad with Toasted Almonds & Feta

Gluten free and easily vegan (skip the feta)

“Incredible! Made this last night and absolutely loved it – it was so fresh, easy to prepare, and satisfying. I served it warm and the combo of tart lemon, crunchy almonds, and salty feta was spot on. This one is definitely going into my weekly rotation – thanks for another winner, Kate!” – Sarah

More green bean recipes »

Greens

Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach and Quinoa Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“Another awesome recipe! I made this the other day and loved it. The next had some left overs so had a avocado I needed to eat so I cut it up and threw it on top and wow! This is going to be on my favorite list for sure.” – Christine

More spinach recipes » (also arugula)

Herbs

Classic Pesto

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Got a big bunch of basil from my farm co-op, so I made this yesterday from your cookbook, and froze it in an ice-cube tray. Now I have delicious little pesto cubes to add to soup, roasted veggies, and probably everything else! Today I’m going to try the same with leftover cilantro, parsley, maybe some arugula, and toasted pepitas.” – Jeanne

More basil recipes » (also cilantro and dill)

Kale

Anything-Goes Kale Salad with Green Tahini Dressing

Gluten free and vegan

“I made your “Everything goes Kale Salad with Green Tahini Dressing” last night for my daughter’s 25th birthday. I have never toasted pepitas before – and my daughters loved them! Both my daughters asked for your recipe -The salad looked beautiful and tasted delicious…” – Peg

More kale recipes »

Mango

Fresh Mango Salsa

Gluten free and vegan

“This summer brought a bumper crop of mango to our Florida home, and I found this recipe online. Perfect for a women’s luncheon I was invited to. It was simple to make, looked beautiful and was delicious. Nearly every guest asked me for the recipe. I will definitely make this again.” – Vicky

More mango recipes »

Radishes

Almond-Sesame Soba Zoodles with Quick-Pickled Veggies

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“This was such a quick and easy meal to make! The pickles really balance the sauce and the noodles – and the sauce is so delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe!” – Maya

More radish recipes »

Rhubarb

Almond Cake with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb

Gluten free

“I have made this cake 3 times now. Once with apple, raspberry and rhubarb. Twice with strawberrys and rhubarb. It’s so simple. I have all the ingredients in my cupboard and it whips up in minutes so I can throw it together between preparing the main meal and surprise everyone. A great insight Kate to do the fruit separate. It means I can keep it for a few days and just top it as I like. The flavour is delicate and lovely. I have shared with many of my friends.” – Molly

More rhubarb recipes »

Strawberries

Colorful Strawberry Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I did not believe it was possible to crave a salad until I ate this! It’s the BEST salad in the whole world, hands down. The dressing is also perfection!” – Rebecca B.

More strawberry recipes »

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Watch the video: Cooking with June recipes #1 u0026 #2 (November 2021).