10 Desserts Perfect for Summer

I can’t believe it’s already more than halfway through July! Summer flies by fast, doesn’t it?

One of my favorite parts of summer is the abundance of fruits that are available. They’re prefect for salads, beverages, and desserts. Who could resist?

So tonight, since I’m in the middle of changing my blog layout, I decided to re-share with you several desserts that are refreshing and just in time for the peak of summer. Hurry and try these desserts before the fruits go out of season!

Strawberry Mango Coconut Sticky Rice

Slightly sweetened sticky rice with a hint of coconut topped with sliced strawberries and mangoes. A little twist to the traditional mango sticky rice, this dessert is simple to make and delicious, perfect for an indulgence after dinner.

Strawberry Mango Coconut Sticky Rice - Cooking with a Wallflower

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Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Soy Lime Dressing

Buckwheat noodles tossed with chopped tomatoes, julienned zucchini and shredded carrots then drizzled with a spicy soy lime dressing. This tasty vegan and gluten-free Asian inspired noodle salad is simple to make and great for hot summer days.

Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Soy Lime Dressing | Cooking with a Wallflower

With out of state relatives visiting, my grandma’s birthday celebration, and seeing friends I haven’t seen in a long time, I have been eating out a lot and definitely not healthily. Don’t believe me? Check out my Instagram. So once all the guests were gone, I wanted something that tasted delicious but was at the same time healthy and guilt free. That means I need to whip out my soba noodles and my summer vegetables. Continue reading →

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Fresh strawberries blended with lemonade and ice for a delicious summer beverage. With just a few ingredients, this refreshing drink is quick and simple to make.

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie | Cooking with a Wallflower

It has been such a hectic few days, but finally, finally I get to relax. I can’t imagine a better way to unwind than with a good book and a refreshing beverage in hand, especially on a hot humid day.

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10 Summer Salad Recipes

It has been a super long stressful weekend. So… even though I have a few recipes waiting to be written and posted, I decided to do a roundup of some of my summer salad recipes instead. I took my licensing exam at 6:15 this morning, and I’m attending a family event tonight. I really didn’t think I could give my post all the attention it deserves. This was my compromise. I hope you don’t mind. =)

In a few days, I’ll be back to posting new recipes. In the mean time, I hope you’ll find something you like from these summer recipes.

Roasted Asparagus Spring Rolls with Hoisin Sauce

A vegetarian twist on the Vietnamese spring rolls. These spring rolls are filled with roasted asparagus, Granny Smith apples, and fresh veggies. Refreshing and crunchy with a hint of spicy and sour, it’s perfect for a quick and healthy meal.

Roasted Asparagus Spring Rolls

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Green Tea Cookies

Crispy on the edges and chewy in the center, these green tea cookies are oh so very tasty and addictive. Simple to make with only four ingredients, you’ll have cookies ready in less than 20 minutes.

Green Tea Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

Is anyone as addicted to green tea as I am? Or cookies that are both crispy and chewy?

As you can probably see, I’m still in my stressed out and indulging mode. But don’t worry, that’ll be over in a few days.

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Loaded Tater Tot Casserole

Warm crispy tater tots topped with fresh tomatoes, creamy avocado, and melted cheese for a delicious side. Easy to make, this vegetarian dish will be perfect for entertaining hungry guests.

Loaded Tater Tot Casserole | Cooking with a Wallflower

Have I mention that I love tater tots? I think they’re on the same level as hash browns (which mean they’re on a pedestal) for me. I can sit there and eat them all day long. That’s how much I like them. =)

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Sweet Cherry Crumble

Sweet cherries topped with crispy brown sugar crumble. Simple to make with just a few ingredients, this Sweet Cherry Crumble will make a perfect seasonal dessert.

Sweet Cherry Crumble | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s cherry season! Are you excited as I am?

I’ve always been a fan of fresh cherries. It’s just different in texture and taste compared to other fruits. What I don’t like is cherry flavor. If there are cherry –flavored candies, or if a dessert has maraschino cherries, no thank you. I prefer the real deliciously sweet and slightly tart ones.

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Nectarine, Walnuts, and Dried Cranberry Salad

A simple yet delicious summer salad consisting of bite sized lettuce, thinly sliced sweet yellow nectarine, crunchy walnuts, and sweet dried cranberries then drizzled with sweet nectarine balsamic vinaigrette. With just a few simple ingredients, this salad is refreshing and easy to make for a light meal on a hot summer day.

Nectarine, Walnuts, and Dried Cranberry Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend because I sure did. =)

Normally, I’d save these little updates for my Life with a Wallflower posts, but I’m too excited about my latest discovery to wait. My cousin from Los Angeles and his wife came to visit us for the long weekend. We spent Independence Day with family down in San Jose. And we discovered a brand new dessert place, perfect for the hot weather. Have you ever had shaved ice? Yes? What about shaved snow? I have never had shaved snow before, and I was amazed by the soft flaky layers of “snow,” which has creamy texture just like ice cream. If you’re in the South Bay, make Sno-Zen a stop.

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Avocado Ice Cream

Ripe avocado blended with condensed milk for a slightly sweetened creamy avocado ice cream. Delicious and simple to make, this two ingredients ice cream will quickly become a summer favorite.

Avocado Ice Cream | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy 4th of July weekend! Hope you’ll celebrate with plenty of food and fun =)

I always associate Independence Day with BBQ and fireworks. It seems like tradition, doesn’t it?

And when I think of BBQ, I always feel like I need a healthy serving of avocado, whether it’s part of a dip or salad, or a dessert.

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Peach Strawberry Mint Infused Club Soda

Club soda infused with the refreshing taste of mint and sweet peaches and strawberries. Slightly sweetened with jam, this bubbly drink is perfect for those soda cravings but without the extra sugar.

Peach Strawberry Mint Infused Club Soda | Cooking with a Wallflower

Have you ever had cravings for something icy cold, sweet, and bubbly? I know I do.

Whenever, I’m at a party, or at a barbeque, I often reach for a soda or maybe juice. I know they’re not good for me, but I just can’t help it!

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