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Simple Dinners: Summer Garden Meals

My summer garden has been very productive this year. I have tomatoes coming out of my ears! I love tomatoes, and so do my kids. So I try to incorporate them in to a lot of my meals. However, during part of the summer my niece and nephew were visiting and they are not huge fans of tomatoes. So I had to try and use them in a way that would make them still want to eat. They love spaghetti, so I thought of making that and using my tomatoes to make sauce. But it is still so hot here and I hate to be int he kitchen using the stove for so long. So instead I found this amazing summer fresh-tomato spaghetti recipe by Martha Stewart that actually impressed everyone in my house.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 1/4 pounds unrefrigerated ripe tomatoes 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti or spaghettini
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

What You Will Do:

  1. Finely chop tomatoes, basil, parsley, and garlic, and mix together with oil (or pulse ingredients, including oil, in a food processor to blend).

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and toss it in a serving bowl with the raw sauce. Transfer to 6 shallow bowls, and drizzle with oil. Serve with cheese.

    This dish gave that perfect little taste of Italy without the heat of the stove in my kitchen. It was great for a quick meal, and it used up a LOT of my tomatoes. My niece and nephew even sat there and ate their entire bowls. We added some bread to the side and the kids used their bread to pick up what was left of their tomatoes. It was a perfect night.

Easy Dinner: Cheesy Kielbasa, Rice and Broccoli Skillet

We have done it again, found you an easy dinner to make for dinner. We have found a delicious and simple dinner that you can throw together on a very busy night with very little effort. Dinners don’t have to be difficult. Life is hard enough, why should food be hard? We want to eat and enjoy our food, but we don’t all have the time to work on a meal all day long. So meals like this are invaluable.

Trish at Mom on Timeout knows that life can get crazy and hectic, that is why she loves this fun and healthy option for dinner on a busy night. As a stay-at-home mom devoted to her kids she is always busy, and frequently crunched for time. This recipe is like squeezing some magic in to your day. Trish has dozens of recipes that will also make your night great in a pink, so be sure to check her out!

easy dinner cheesy-kielbasa-rice-broccoli-skillet-collage

What You Will Need:

kielbasa

broccoli

rice

cheese

Hurry on over to Mom on Timeout for the rest of the ingredients list and an amazing tutorial for this quick and simple fix!

Summer Salad: Grilled-Chicken Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts

20140702-092550-33950026.jpgWe love to make simple dishes in the summer. We spend most of our time in the backyard watching the kids play and enjoying the sun and fresh air most evenings, so we don’t usually like to head into the house to cook. We love to just fire up the grill and make something simple that doesn’t the much time or energy. Recently I hit a wall with fun summer dishes. It can be hard to find something healthy, tasty, and simple to make in the summer months when my energy level and interest in being in the kitchen is at about 0. Our kitchen is the hottest room in our entire house, and there are no windows looking out on the backyard so I miss out on all the fun. So I have been pouring through internet recipe searches for recipes that keep me in the kitchen for very little time or do not require me to be inside at all. I found one that I think my family will really like, and I am excited to share it with you, Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts. Thank you so much FoodandWine.com for saving my evenings with my family.

What You Will Need:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound in all)
7 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
3/4 pound fusilli
1 1/4 cups canned, drained artichoke hearts (one 14-ounce can), rinsed and cut into 6 wedges each
3 scallions including green tops, chopped
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1. Light the grill or heat the broiler. Coat the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Grill or broil until just done, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.
2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fusilli until just done, about 13 minutes.
Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain thoroughly. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
3. Add the chicken, artichoke hearts, scallions, parsley, the remaining 5 tablespoons oil, the vinegar, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the Parmesan to the pasta and toss well.

Check out FoodandWine.com for some other great summer dishes. I am definitely looking forward to making this, my kids love artichokes so this dish will make them smile. Enjoy your dinner!