Summer Recipes

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Spicy Tuna Stacked Roll
2 (4- to 6-oz.) sushi-grade tuna steaks, cubed
3 tbsp. + 2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, plus more for serving
1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
1 to 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds, plus more for serving
1 cup cooked sushi rice or other short-grain white or brown rice
2 tbsp. rice vinegar 1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. fine pink Himalayan salt 1/3 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
1 to 2 tbsp. sriracha
1 toasted nori sheet, cut into thin strips
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup mashed avocado
Microgreens, for serving
½ cup wonton crisps (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine tuna, three tablespoons of soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, green onion, and sesame seeds. Toss to mix well. In a separate medium bowl, combine rice with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Toss to mix well. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sriracha, and remaining two teaspoons of soy sauce.

In a dry one-cup measure, layer ¼ cup of tuna, then a quarter of the nori. Add ¼ cup each of cucumber, then avocado. Pack in ¼ cup of seasoned rice. Invert the cup onto a plate and tap the bottom of the cup to release the stack. Then, carefully wiggle the cup off the stack. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to create four stacks.

Top each stack with microgreens, wonton crisps (if desired), and sesame seeds. Serve with spicy mayo and more soy sauce on the side for dipping.

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Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup

1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped into pieces
1 avocado
1 jalapeno, trimmed and deseeded
½ lemon, juiced
3 tbsp. fresh cilantro (use ¼ cup for more flavor)
½ tsp. salt
½ cup chopped pineapple, for serving
½ cup chopped cucumber, for serving

Combine the cucumber, avocado flesh, jalapeno, lemon juice, cilantro, salt, and ½ cup water in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding more water as needed. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired.

Chill the soup for at least an hour (preferably 2 or more) in the fridge before serving. Serve with
chopped pineapple and cucumber.

For more lemon flavor, add some lemon zest in addition to the juice.
If you want the soup to be spicier, use a second jalapeno.
For a variation, use fresh dill instead of cilantro.
Other topping ideas include fresh mango, feta cheese, or croutons.

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