This post is sponsored by Hip Chick Farms. All opinions, words, and general charm are my own.
“Heat cannot be separated from fire…”—Dante Alighieri
There’s more to the quote than that but for me, for now, this will suffice. Summer has yet to officially begin and yet The San Fernando Valley pays no mind to the order and reason of seasons. Early mornings are balmy here and the heat swells from the ground up, swift and stifling. Truly, in the heat, my skin is set aflame. I’m better suited for cold climates as all those close to me know well.
Whereas last year I rebelled against the sun, and summer in general—this year I’m doing my best to resign to my fate with a bit of dignity. This means ardently trying to look on the hot and blindingly bright side of things. For example, summer produce is starting to show up early—as it usually does for Southern California. Tomatoes, peaches, melons, and cherries—all this and more can be spotted at local farmer’s markets and grocery stores.
I love cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Especially as of late—I’m on a mission to heal myself through healthier eating. I love buying local, eating fresh, and most importantly keeping “healthy” fun and enticing. One of the easiest ways for me to accomplish this is with a good garden bowl. Greens, grains, fruits, vegetables, protein—pile your favorites into a bowl with your favorite dressing and you’re in good shape.
For these particular garden bowls I used fresh arugula wilted in wild rice, avocados, peaches, and fresh grapefruit along with some broccoli sprouts. I like to use a few different cooking techniques when making a bowl so I also roasted some onion, lemon, and jalapeño to add in.
Then I threw in my favorite organic, gluten free Hip Chick Farm meatballs. They roast up quickly in the oven and are easy and delicious. They are also free range, have no antibiotics or added hormones, and are humanely raised. I absolutely love to know where my meat is coming from and I have so much respect for the brand and what they are aiming to do! Also, right now, to promote their “Free Range Your Life” sweepstakes they are giving away a FREE range to one lucky winner. Click here for more details and entry info!
To finish of these bowls I whipped up a roasted lemon vinaigrette to drizzle on top of all these delicious ingredients and called it a day! There were lot of good textures, fresh ingredients, and a nice balance of savory and sweet flavors. The best thing about these bowls, or any bowls really, is that they are infinitely adaptable! Use whatever is in season or whatever is on hand—it’s a great clean out the fridge meal!
I’d love to know some of your summer got-to’s for garden fresh bowls or salads! Please leave a comment below!
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar
- ½ cup torn basil leaves
- 1 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 box Hip Chick Farms Gluten Free Chicken Meatballs
- 1 large red onion, quartered
- 2 cups prepared wild rice (or other preferred grain)
- 4 cups arugula
- 2 peaches, sliced
- 1 grapefruit, segmented
- 2 avocados, halved, pitted, and skin removed
- 8 oz. cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups broccoli sprouts