Girl Versus Dough

peach pineapple chai smoothie

peach pineapple chai smoothie

What is this? A protein smoothie on Girl Versus Dough? Believe it, folks. And with one sip of this Peach Pineapple Chai Smoothie, you’ll understand why it’s worth talking about.

I’ve said it before — I’m not much of a smoothie drinker. I’ve tried a few times to be that person, the one who glows from within because she drinks all the green/protein/superfood smoothies, but I just can’t. I would rather eat my food than drink it, I guess. Plus, I am never very good at making a smoothie that is not only good for me, but is tasty, too. One is always compromised for the other.

But with this smoothie, there’s a special ingredient that pulls it all together into something I could sip on all day, every day. It’s revolutionary.

green goddess potato salad with bacon & peas

green goddess potato salad

Ladies and gentlefolk, I present to you your new go-to summer potluck dish.

Those of us in the Midwest know the potluck well. In winter, it’s all about bringing hot dishes in slow cookers stuffed in boxes with blankets to keep food warm (I’m serious — at one potluck I went to last winter, about eight of 10 people came bearing blanketed crockpots in cardboard boxes, and it was amazing). In summer, it’s all about bringing food that pairs well with anything that can be grilled. Because in Minnesota in summer, it’s practically a sin to not be outside at all times.

This Green Goddess potato salad with bacon and peas is a natural fit for the latter (though I’d gladly eat it in the winter, too, alongside my warm hot dish from a blanketed crockpot). It’s just like a classic potato salad with hard-boiled eggs, but instead of mayo we use a creamy homemade, herb-loaded Green Goddess dressing, plus some crisp bacon and fresh peas. Bring this to your next gathering and you’ll be the Potluck Queen/King (which I’m pretty sure is better than being anything else, ever).

5 ingredient nutella granola

nutella granola

I’m calling it: Summer is officially here. And with summer comes the need for snacks: snacks for road trips, snacks for ball games, snacks for camping trips, snacks for long weekends at the cabin, snacks for late nights on the back porch under the twinkle lights (in my Pinterest life).

And I’m here for you, for all of the above, with these words: 5 Ingredient Nutella Granola. It’s all you’ll ever need for snackage all summer long.

smoky bbq veggie burgers

bbq veggie burger on plate

This week in particular, more than many others, has really shown my age.

I went to a concert on Friday night, stayed out until midnight, and it took me the entire rest of the weekend to recover. Then, my husband took me out to dinner and a show Tuesday night, and we didn’t even get home that late — like, 10:30. My head hit the pillow by 11, and yesterday morning, I slept through my 6 a.m. alarm. I felt like I’d been run over by a truck.

I’ve also been catching myself saying things like “golly,” losing track of the glasses that are already on my face, worrying about my houseplants and putting night cream under my eyes. And having things that are called “houseplants.” This is 29 for me, apparently.

One thing I do appreciate about my age, however? That I have the experience to know what a really good veggie burger tastes like. And these smoky BBQ veggie burgers, my friends, are VERY VERY GOOD.

sweet corn and slow roasted tomato galette

slow roasted tomato galette

The galette is my best friend. Specifically, this sweet corn and slow roasted tomato galette, in all its flavorful, savory glory.

See, I love to make galettes because they can look imperfect and still be perfect. I can fudge it up a bit on shaping the crust, or some of the filling can leak out, and nobody cares. In fact, it only adds more charm to the dish. So I can lazily prepare a galette, let it do its thing without a worry, and whatever happens, happens. C’est la vie. Que sera, sera.

And isn’t that how it should be in these early summer days? We should be spending more time outside than working tediously in our kitchens. We should be relaxing our bones instead of overworking a dough. We should be eating more rustic galettes with crunchy sweet corn, slow roasted tomatoes and fresh ribbons of basil (that I grew myself! Glory be!) scattered on top of a tender, flaky cream cheese pastry crust.

life, lately

life lately

I feel as though it’s been a literal age since I last updated you on what’s going on behind the blog, so I thought I’d take this moment to fix that. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, maybe a doughnut (yes, yes, definitely a doughnut), and let’s chat!

First, can we take a look at that peony in the photo above? A co-worker of mine brought those from her garden into work this week and they are STUNNING. And huge. Like, the size of my head. And I get to look at them all day long from my work kitchen and they make me so happy.

Second, my child just turned two years old a couple of weeks ago, so THAT gives me all the feels.