Here at Styleshack we have two mantras: the given, is that we have a passion for fashion. But it takes more than just an interest for fashion to fit in with the Styleshack team! We also like to consider ourselves as food enthusiasts- (because in all honesty, who doesn’t love food??)
As we’re reaching mid July, the perfect time for summer picnics, barbecues, and pool parties, you’re probably wondering, “what the heck do I bring to a party that will surely be a hit?” And if you’re not wondering that, well hopefully you can take away some new recipes to try, whether for yourself, a crowd, or simply to Wow that special someone with a home cooked meal!
This time, instead of a “What to Wear” Style Guide, we’ve decided to take a different approach to Summer Style, with What to Eat!
No. 1: Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado
Back in January, when I was visiting Atlanta, I ate at this restaurant, The Buckhead Saloon, where they served, what easily became one of my favorite meals, a Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado. They had me at Avocado. Three halves of baked deliciousness, filled with a southwestern chicken salad and topped with corn salsa, and I was in food heaven! I then took it upon myself in search for stuffed avocado recipes. Although I have found a variety of stuffed avocado recipes, thanks to Hella Wella’s 17 Unbelievably Delicious Ways to Stuff Avocados ,that are on my “to try” list, my favorite is still the Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado. The combination of chicken, peppers, and mayo stuffed in our favorite creamy fruit, it’s surely a meal you’ll want to try!
Want to challenge yourself and top it off with something just as amazing? Check out this delicious Grilled Corn Mango Salsa at damndelicious.net
No. 2: Smoothies
Now, Smoothies, are my ultimate forte. I have an assortment of Smoothie recipes that could stand as it’s own post. I use a variety of fruits: strawberries, raspberries, bananas, blueberries, crushed pomegranate seeds, mango, pineapple, or a combination of these, whatever strikes my mood!
I typically add along (some if not all) of the following:
Honey, Vanilla Yogurt, Coconut Oil, a Tbsp. of Peanut Butter (for extra protein!), Chia or Flax seed, Cinnamon, Milk (Rice, Almond, or Regular) and on occasion I will throw in a bit of kale or spinach or a tsp. of Lavender Kombucha.
I like to play around with a combination of these items, and don’t always use them all at once, but more often than not you will find most of these ingredients thrown into my smoothies, that are not only satisfying to the tongue, but to the tummy as well!
No. 3: Peanut Butter and Apple Snack Wrap
Okay, now this one is easy. As an avid peanut butter lover, I stumbled upon this recipe in the health and fitness section of – (yes, a Seventeen Magazine) – and knew I had to try it! I used to make this snack wrap for my family all of the time! It’s as simple as it sounds: all you need is peanut butter (or alternative choice of spread) on tortilla, topped with sliced apples (or bananas), rolled into a wrap, and voilá! a simple, yet tasty snack! It’s even more delicious if you warm it in the oven for a couple of minutes! But be careful, that can get messy!
No. 4: Peanut Butter Banana Shake
If you enjoy a nice Shake to cool down in the summer, and if you’re a fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, then you will probably enjoy my Peanut Butter Banana experimentation. With 1 to 2 whole bananas and approximately 1/3 cup of peanut butter (adjust accordingly) blended with ice, plain or vanilla yogurt, honey, cinnamon, and a bit of chocolate milk, now you have a dessert like shake that you don’t have to feel guilty about!
No. 5: Baked Brie Guava Pastry
Skip the brownies and cupcakes for dessert and try this delicious fruity pastry! The best part, is it’s super easy! I use a frozen puff pastry (thawed) that you can by at your local grocery store (but if you want to try making it from scratch, then the more power to you!) and center a small wheel of brie inside the pastry. You will need to line a baking sheet for the pastry to lay on and brush the edges of the pastry with a whisked egg, first. Once the brie is centered, top it with guava paste (I use Margie’s Guava Fruit Spread) and carefully fold the pastry over the brie and guava. Make sure the pastry is sealed before putting it in the oven! The first time I tried this, I had guava oozing like hot lava. Heat the oven at 400 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden. You can find the full version and a variation of this recipe at honestcooking.com
More Styleshack Summer Favorites
Styleshack graphic designer, Melissa Burke, is another beloved foodie. Peach Cobbler falls high on her list, and rightfully so! I think it’s safe to say that a fruit Cobbler is a Classic!
Iced Cardamom Latte
Burke also loves to sip on an Ice cold Cardamom Latte during hot summer nights. Her specialty is super easy! Just add espresso (or coffee), a cup of milk, a tsp. of ground cardamom, a few drops of rosewater, (sweetener to taste), and pour over ice!
Spicy Shrimp Taco with Avocado Cucumber Salsa
Styleshack contributor, Sam Meux, shared one of her favorite recipe’s to the Styleshack team, and since Avocado is favorite among the team, we had to share this delectable recipe! Prepare yourself for a bit of a kick with shrimp coated in chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and cumin, but combined with a cucumber avocado salsa, it’s pretty hard to resist! You can check out the full recipe on Foodyear!
Watermelon Cucumber Salad
Our newest Summer intern, Eden Zaslow, loves this watermelon cucumber salad! With a combination of watermelon, cucumber, red onion and cashew, coated in olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, and topped with crumbled goat cheese, here’s a summer salad that’s light and refreshing!
And last but certainly not least…
The Prinstak Salad
Styleshack founder, Rachel Schostak, loves this special family creation.
“The Schostak Mediterranean Salad is the perfect dish for when you’re on-the-go and in need of a healthy snack or yummy salad for dinner.”
This salad is the best of both worlds! Not only is it packed with nutritional value, it’s tasty too! This healthy and delicious combination of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, avocado, olives, corn, kidney beans, garlic, and parsley will have you going back for more! Substitute dressing with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper!
At Styleshack, we like to keep our Style on point, but we think our cooking game is pretty on point, as well! – – what do you think? Share your thoughts if you try out any of these recipes! Email us: Hello@Styleshack.com