Monday, July 9, 2012

Ditto the June Food Thing

Do you remember my June Food post? Pasta salads, grilled meat, kabobs, easy crock pot meals, lots of vegetables and fruit? Well, ditto that for July. And Happy Independence Day, by the way. I didn't post a big celebratory flag like I usually do because I was too busy actually celebrating! The hubby took the week off (sigh!) and we went to my parents to have barbecue chicken with my dad's family and the night of the fourth we even had a real live date with movie, dinner and fireworks and everything. It was a wonderful week. Oh, and on the way home we went to Ikea--I'll save that for it's own post, but it was a fun trip. : )
So back to the food thing. More of the same. We have a lot of kid's meal type lunches, including just throwing a bunch of snacky foods onto a plate (or into a box) and calling it lunch. We eat A LOT of tortillas and cheese--grilled mostly.
And I didn't actually make this Lemon Basil Pasta Salad (I never did get lemons last month, for some reason), so that is going to be tonight's dinner. I don't have asparagus, so I'll probably throw in green beans instead. Our fresh basil from our garden makes everything more delicious, so I'm excited about that!
I have everything to have this Southwest Pasta Salad again as well, so that will be coming up sometime soon.
But I do have a few new tricks up my sleeve.
First one is an addition to the kid's meal list. Guess what? My kids love black beans! They will eat them right out of the can, just warmed up with a little cheese. They devoured some the other night when they needed a second dinner (they're growing, I guess). Yay for another meal idea that's mostly healthy and yummy to them.
Here are a few new pinterest finds:

Slim Potato Casserole is what we'll be having with our grilled meat one night. It looks great! The recipe calls for frozen hash browns, but I think I'll start with potatoes, chop them, boil them slightly and then fry them in a tiny bit of olive oil. Then I'll follow the recipe, which has no sour cream and no butter, by the way!
Oh, and I'm very much looking forward to this Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice dish. It looks so yummy! I'm going to try to pass this off as a meatless meal, but I may have to serve the hubby some leftover meat of some sort. Since zucchini was 3 for $.88 at Aldi, this fits perfectly into what I've already bought. I know, I know, we should have zucchini growing in our garden already, but because of the black widows (didn't I tell you about those?) we didn't get our garden started until very late. We'll have some in a week or two.
Now that I'm thoroughly starving, I'll throw in my last gem. These Zucchini and Summer Squash Chips look amazing. I can't wait to try them. In fact, I think those will be on the menu for today. They'll go well with cheese quesadillas, don't you think? Think I could get away with that meal for breakfast? : ) Just kidding. Breakfast will probably be greek yogurt and fruit.



  1. Oh yum - some really tasty looking dishes there!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success