So, in trying not to stress the food thing, and maybe in honor of the "vacation" part of summer, I really do slack off on the major cooking in these months.
(Oh, and since I continually fail to stick to the day-by-day-ness of my monthly cooking posts, I'm just going to make a list of food this time. Enjoy...)
Pasta Salads! like this Lemon Basil Spring Pasta Salad and this
Southwest Pasta Salad and this
Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad
plus anything else I can boil noodles and throw some canned beans and fresh veggies into.
Grilled chicken with salad
Grilled hamburgers with buns
Grilled pork with grilled potatoes
Grilled chicken and pineapple kabobs with rice
Shrimp salad (salad shrimp, leftover rice, mayo, and green olives--don't knock it til you try it!)
Quiche--It's a great summer meal and I have a few pie crusts I need to use up (and eggs were on sale at BiLo last weekend) I usually make something very simple like this one from allrecipes.com
And then there's the crockpot meat that you throw in in the morning and forget about all day--
Pork and potatoes
whole chicken with barbecue sauce
Summer Vegetable Tian--I made this a few months ago and it was GOOD, so I'll be trying it out again as soon as I make it to the vegetable stand
Hot Caprese Dip: Oh! My! Word! This looks sooo good! I think we may actually have this as a fondue meal some night--veggies and crackers and chips to dip into this gooey, yummy, cheese.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread--It has zucchini therefore I declare it a side! I know, I know, it looks and tastes like a dessert!
If I get to the end of this list before the month is over, I'll just head to the top and start over again. : )
If you missed the end result of the Garden Party Extraordinaire, please check it out!