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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.

Summer Meals: Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps

Are you looking for something new for dinner this summer? Summer meals can be fun, but they are sometimes rushed when everyone has something fun they have to rush off to do. This can leave meals boring, or bland. Or is that just at my house? Between swim lessons, soccer camp, Vacation Bible School, and day camp this momma is busy. Well not this week. This week we have found a meal that will taste good, be easy to make, and replicate again, whenever we want.

Lauren at Tastes Better From Scratch has cultivate a delicious, and simple recipe that will wow the entire family, and won’t break the bank or take all day to create. Lauren has cultivated many recipes form scratch that not only are delicious they are also so simple to make. So be sure to check out her various recipes for all occasions!

What You Will Need:

Hawaiian-BBQ-Chicken-Wraps-1

 

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped pineapple, fresh or canned
  • 1/4 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 romaine heart, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 4-5 large wheat or white tortillas

Make sure you follow Lauren’s instructions at Tastes Better From Scratch and enjoy a fabulous meal, I know we will!

Meals to Try: Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Summer is a great time to get outside and grill. The weather is great to be outside enjoying the outdoors, but it can also get really hot inside the house. Especially when you are cooking. So outdoor cooking is a relief to everyone. Cooking out can get monotonous, but grill meals don’t have to be boring. You can create more than just the average meal of burgers and dogs with a grill.

This month we want to share a fun and healthy outdoor grill meal that will wow everyone. Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are a great addition to your summer grill list. Not only is it simple to create, it also combines healthy ingredients like fruit, veggies, and meat. Just follow this simple recipe to create this fantastic new dish. Do not be afraid to add in your favorite veggies!

hawaiian chicken kabobs

What You Will Need:

1/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup pineapple juice

4 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing grill

1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar

4 garlic cloves, minced (4 tsp)

1 Tbsp minced ginger

1/2 tsp sesame oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1 1/4-inch cubes

3 cups (heaping) fresh cubed pineapple (about 3/4 of 3 lb pineapple)

1 1/2 large green peppers, diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces

1 large red onion, diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces

What You Will Do:

1. In a mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Stir in 3/4 tsp pepper and season with salt if desired. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade in refrigerator then pour remaining marinade over chicken. 2. Seal bag and refrigerate 1 – 2 hours (meanwhile soak 10 wooden skewer sticks in water for 1 hour).

3. Preheat a grill over medium heat to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, drizzle remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil over red onion, bell pepper and pineapple and toss. Season red onion and bell pepper with salt and pepper, then thread red onion, bell pepper, pineapple and chicken onto skewers until all of the chicken has been used. Brush grill grates with olive oil then place skewers on grill.

4. Grill 5 minutes then brush along tops with 1/4 cup of remaining marinade. Rotate to opposite side and brush remaining 1/4 cup of marinade on opposite side and allow to grill about 4 minutes longer, or until chicken registers 165 degrees in center on an instant read thermometer. Serve warm.