Disclosure: I recieved a lovely care package of products from Colavita, plus I am being compensated for my participation in the Italian Summer Grilling campaign; all opinions are 100% my own.

I’ve been using and enjoying Colavita olive oils and vinegars for years, so the decision to collaborate with them on a Italian Summer Grilling post was an easy one for me. They sent me a variety of beautiful products and asked me to create a recipe for the grill using at least five of the items.

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I came up with this Grilled Pesto Chicken Pizza with Fontina, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes: it’s definitely a keeper.

Grilled Pesto Chicken Pizza

Have you ever cooked pizza on the grill? It’s so quick, easy, and delicious, and makes a perfect summer meal. I’ve had a pizza stone like this one for a long time and I use it both in the oven and on the grill. This pizza was finished on the grill itself after cooking on the pizza stone.

For the chicken: I first marinated it, then cooked it on the grill before using it as one of the pizza toppings. Feel free to play around with the cheese in this recipe: I think a smoked mozzarella would be great. You can use be creative with vegetables, as well: adding some sliced cooked artichoke hearts or grilled eggplant would be perfect, I think.

You may use store-bought pizza dough or you can make one of Colavita’s pizza dough recipes: try the classic Fresh Pizza Dough or go for something more unique (and gluten free) with the Polenta Pizza Crust or the Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

Grilled Pesto Chicken Pizza
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We recently hosted a big brunch for family and friends who came from out of town for my daughter Maddie’s Bat Mitzvah. After the brunch, I was left with a good deal of beautiful fresh strawberries so I spent a few days whirring them into smoothies. This one, made with Silk soy milk is a new favorite.

I train with weights most weekday mornings, and I like to eat something that is high in protein when I return home. Why? Because protein provides energy and is essential for growth, repair, and maintenance of lean muscle tissue. Silk Soymilk contains 8 grams of protein per cup so this smoothie is great as a post workout drink. (If I’m looking to boost the protein further, I sometimes add some protein powder.)

Smoothies weren’t that appealing in the winter, but now that the weather is warm, I am really enjoying them. In addition to the protein content, another great thing about this Strawberry Date Smoothie is it’s made with just 3 ingredients and can easily be varied. Add a few leaves of lettuce or kale for a green smoothie, or mix up the fruit: I also love it with dried cherries.

Recipe for Strawberry Date Silk Smoothie

Ingredients:

*1 heaping cup of fresh strawberries, sliced in half

*4 pitted dates, preferably Deglet Noor

*1 cup of Silk soy milk (I used the Original flavor)

*1 cup of ice

*1 teaspoon of all-natural jam for added sweetness- optional (try strawberry, raspberry, or another flavor; I used a spoonful of this jam-like preserved rose petals)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until the desired consistency is reached. Add additional ice for a thicker smoothie and more liquid for a thinner one.

Be sure to check out the Silk website, where you can sign up for a coupon for $.75 off of your Silk soymilk purchase!

Disclosure: This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Maria Speck‘s award-winning first cookbook Ancient Grains for Modern Meals is one of my favorites, so I was extremely pleased when I heard Maria was writing a follow up. Her new book is called Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh and Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes for Living Well and I am happy to say this book is just as lovely as the first. It features beautiful, innovative ways to fit grains including amaranth, buckwheat, freekeh, millet, quinoa, sorghum, and teff into your life.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets and Oranges from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Ancient grains are wholesome and versatile staple foods, and Maria will inspire you to think way outside the box with recipes such as Burgundy Bulger with Blueberries and Orange Blossom Water, Sweet Potato and Oat Cakes with Blue Cheese and Sage, and Lemony Millet Pudding with Caramelized Grapes. I made her gorgeous Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets for a family gathering and it quickly disappeared…I am certain you will have a similar experience with her recipes :)

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets and Oranges from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com
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