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Summer Meals to Beat the Heat!

Here on the west coast we are in the middle of a heat wave. Triple Digit temperatures are keeping us all inside enjoying our AC, and dreading the moment we have to heat the house by cooking a hot meal.

I scoured my meal ideas for something simple that wouldn’t require me to turn the oven on, or brave the triple digit heat outside to BBQ. I finally found this fun recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling. BLT Chicken Salad Sandwiches to the rescue! 

We almost always have leftover Bacon on hand since my husband loves to have it for breakfast on the weekend. So in order to prepare this meal I made sure I had already cooked bacon, and a rotisserie chicken on hand so that I didn’t have to heat the oven. You can get rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store, and they are usually inexpensive. I love that they sometimes have deals to buy two for one, or buy one get one half off. Then I stock up and use them for multiple meals in the summer.

 

Lemon Tree Dwelling has the full recipe available now. Just head on over, be sure to check out the other awesome recipes available. I found several to help keep me from turning on my oven for the rest of the week!

Simple Dinners: Honey Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers

I love it when the warmer weather takes over and I can cook outside while the kids play. It makes for such fun and carefree nights with my family. I love to use my barbecue and I try to find any excuse for it, especially since it means a lot less cleanup, and I get to enjoy the weather while I cook instead of being stuck in my kitchen.

When summer hits I try to stock up on easy and delicious BBQ recipes. Because you can get in a rut when it comes to outdoor cooking. But this year I won’t let you. I will try to post a summer outdoor recipe every month. This month you have got to check out these sweet and delicious skewers.

Thank you to Cooking Classy for such a fun and delicious recipe. It can be made quickly and with very little prep. Which is great for the summer since I am usually very busy despite it being a time to lay back and relax. Head on over to  Cooking Classy to gt the full recipe and some great ideas for the rest of your week, I promise you won’t be disappointed. I will just be over here enjoying my BBQ chicken and corn.

 

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.