Watermelon Mint Slushies

This is, in my opinion, the ultimate refreshment for those still, hot summer afternoons when you just want to lie there, unmoving, until the weather changes. Frozen watermelon, when blended, creates a fine, velvety slush very much like a slurpee. Add a little mint and lime and you’ve got an ultra-refreshing, natural slushie. Oh, and a little rum doesn’t go amiss either, if you feel like turning it into a frozen watermelon mojito.

Quick Garlic Rosemary Focaccia (no knead)

It’s pretty hard to go wrong with freshly baked bread. Add some herbs and garlic? Subtract all of the hard stuff like kneading? Even better. This quick garlic rosemary focaccia makes the perfect side dish and the leftovers are great as a savory snack. The recipe comes together in little more than an hour (most of which is completely hands-off rise time), is made with 100% whole wheat flour, and has little enough salt and olive oil to fit easily into DASH diet guidelines.

peachy baked oats

Is it oatmeal? Is it cake? Who knows. What I do know is that it’s an super easy breakfast offering a balance of fruit, protein, and complex carbs. Vanilla and a hint of cinnamon flavor batter studded with juicy peaches, which yields a cozy texture somewhere between muffin and bread pudding. Peachy baked oats come together in minutes in a blender and can bake while you enjoy a nice cup of coffee or get ready for your day.