Tuesday, July 27, 2010

10 Top Summer Recipes

#1. Green salads. Oh, how I love them! Our current favorites around here include spinach and some kind of fruit: like this one and this one.
#2. Any kind of salad. Add mayo, boiled eggs, and pickles to just about anything (i.e. ham, potatoes, crackers, tomatoes, pasta, tuna, chicken, etc.) and you get a yummy salad! Be sure to make it a few hours ahead of time so that it can chill (except for that cracker salad; it's best eaten right away.) I added sunflower seeds to last night's chicken salad, and it was very good.
#3. I can't wait to try this recipe for bagged ice cream. We have all the ingredients, I'm just waiting for the right afternoon to spring this surprise activity and snack on my kiddos.
#4. These smoothies and fruit popsicles are a huge favorite around our house. The last time I made the popsicles from leftover smoothy and I only made two. Huge mistake! We had major melt down when I told the three children they were going to have to share two popsicles! I ended up shaving off a third of each pop and putting it in a bowl for on of them to eat with a spoon.
#5. I love bread any time of year, but I especially love it with a yummy salad (see #s 1 and 2 above)! These rolls are my favorite to make. If I buy bread from the grocery, my favorite kind is a rich dark bread. The darker the better.
#6. FRUIT! Okay, this is not a recipe, but you can do all kinds of fun things with it. Most recently I served watermelon pieces cut with cookie cutters. The kids called them "watermelon cookies" and gobbled them up! Putting these shapes on popsicle sticks might also be fun!
#7. We love to eat sandwiches in the summer. The hubby says he can only eat so many of them, but I really think I would never tire of them; there are so many variations. My favorites have a lot of green on them: like a bunch of spinach and a pile of turkey with some honey mustard on whole wheat bread. Yum! But my kiddos are a little more conservative. They prefer either straight turkey and mayo or a good ol' peanut butter and honey.
#8. Pancakes are another food we eat all year long, but on Sunday we had these for lunch with blueberries! There are very few things that can beat a hearty pancake loaded with blueberries; okay, maybe a hearty pancake loaded with chocolate chips, but you know what I mean!
#9. Our family will eat almost anything with tortilla chips. We LOVE guacamole (mashed avocado mixed with salsa and a little lemon juice). We also love poor man's caviar, corn salsa, and for something unique and summery, try this cucumber salsa.
#10. These homemade kids' meals are a must for our summer travels. And actually, the kids love this kind of snacky lunch so much that we often have this at home too.
Linked with Menu Plan Monday, Top Ten TuesdayTempt My Tummy Tuesday, and Tasty Tuesdays over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and A Beautiful Mess.


  1. This list is fabulous. I can't wait to make my way through all of them. I saw all the salads, which are also a favorite summer thing here too. I'm gonna bookmark it so I can refer to it for inspiration when needed. So glad you joined up with tasty tuesdays today.

  2. My kids LOVE when we make popsicles out of left-over smoothies! YUM! I always keep yogurt and frozen fruit on hand year round just so we can indulge in yummy snacks. :)

    ps Popped over from beauty & bedlam

  3. I'll definitely be checking out a bunch of those links! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh, blueberry pancakes sound great for lunch right now.

  6. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my biscuits! :)

    Smoothies are my daughter's breakfast every day, any time of year. We're currently using frozen berries which take longer to blitz, and heaven forbid you put the yoghurt in the blender BEFORE the berries!!

    Mini Masterchef is such a hard taskmaster! LOL

  7. Great ideas! I love to read others' ideas for what (not) to cook on a hot day. It feels like it has been hot forever!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning. And enjoy the Blueberry Oatmeal Bread!

  8. Yum! Now I am hungry!! Maybe I should go make a sandwich like that turkey one you mentioned!!

  9. All 10 recipes are good, not only for kids... I love ice cream, smoothies, and popsicles too! Have a great day!

  10. You are making me HUNGRY. I need to do more salads. And the fruit popsicle--great idea!

  11. A fun list. We love salads in the summer to -- baby greens with strawberries, parmesan cheese, toasted walnuts and Brianna's red wine vinaigrette. That's a favorite.