Monday, June 30, 2014

June Food

Somehow I think that summer dinners should just cook themselves. I somehow manage to forget each and every summer that I still have to prepare food.
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.
Here are some ideas to make summer cooking EASY!

Main courses:
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 anything!
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 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--
Crockpot meals
Pork and potatoes
whole chicken with barbecue sauce
Sides:
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 you missed the end result of the Garden Party Extraordinaire, please check it out!

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