Simple Summertime Meals

Who doesn’t love summertime and all the great-tasting food that goes with it? If there is anything bad to say about this warm season of the year, it is this – cooking can be a bear during those 90+ degree days. Which is why I’m always looking for simple recipes I can create in a hurry.

To make your life a little easier, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes.


Saveur. Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad. Love pasta in the summer. Great site!

Wellness Mama. Chinese Chicken Stir Fry. A fantastic site with information on how to live a healthier life.

The Cookie Rookie. Skinny Chicken Salad Sliders. I’m new to this site, but I like it already. So many recipes, but I think I’ll start with this one.

Veggies Don’t Bite. Raw Zucchini Noodles and Veggies. Another new site for me. The name alone drew me in. Once you enter this site, you won’t want to leave.

The View from Great Island. Minimal Monday Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops. Don’t these sound amazing? They are easy, too.

Cooking Classy. Balsamic Glazed Salmon. The name of the site scared me. I thought I’d find recipes with dozens of ingredients, and a hundred steps. Not true! This salmon sounds wonderful.

Eat Yourself Skinny. 7 Layer Spicy Taco Dip. Anything taco, and I am in, especially in the summer. A new take on the old taco salad.

Damn Delicious. One Pan Mexican Quinoa. One-pot meals make me happy.

Some of my favorites. What are yours?

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Simple Recipes for a Simple Life

The “Chow” category is back, because I can’t stay away from great food, or my love of cooking.

My affair with cooking began in junior high when I took my first cooking class. It was there I learned the most important steps, like boiling water, frying an egg, and cooking pasta.

I grew older, took more classes, and learned how to make things like (good tasting) borscht and Baked Alaska.

With each session of classes, the recipes grew harder, and the list of ingredients longer. But I didn’t mind. I saw complicated recipes as a challenge, one which I continued into my own home when I got married.

But it wasn’t long before children came along, and in between diaper-changing, homeschooling, volunteering, and working, my time was stretched, and the ability to cook long, complicated meals became difficult.

It was then I turned to the simple meals I’d grown up with, burgers, plain pork chops, vegetable soup with dumplings, and tons of casseroles.

Meals were easy, albeit a little boring at times. There are, after all, only so many ways to serve a vegetable, at least that’s what I thought at the time.

But I know better now. I’m amazed at all the meals one can make with a simple ingredient. Like sweet potatoes – they are my go-to for everything from fries to bread, soups to the base of a sloppy joe. Who knew one simple vegetable had so many uses?

The following is a list of my favorite recipe sites. Thank you to the many amazing bloggers with such incredible talent! I wish I could list all of your sites here.

Some of my favorite simple food sites.

*Minimalist Baker – The name says it all. Few ingredients. Quick, easy recipes.

*Stone Soup – The author of “5 Ingredients 10 Minutes.” Her recipes are simple and healthy.

*Sweet Phi – Join her on Friday for her “5 Ingredient Friday Recipes.”

*Simply Recipes – Simply a ton of recipes. While I haven’t had time to peruse all of them, the ones I have used are amazing, and not too difficult.

*Budget Bytes – Simple, good cooking on a budget.

* Simply Scratch – Tons of recipes, but I really love her ‘quick and easy’ category.

*Naturally Ella – The blog that just may turn me into a vegetarian. Amazing recipes, with gorgeous pictures. I want to make them all.

*Against All Grain – Easy, delicious, recipes, without the grain.

*Pinch of Yum – If you can get past the gorgeous pictures (I got stuck staring at them for a long time), you will find a ton of simple and yummy recipes.

*Gimme Some Oven – I admit, it was the name that initially drew me in, but once I was in this site, I didn’t want to leave. Tons of great recipes (and pictures).

*Chocolate Covered Katie – My list would be incomplete without this site. It’s one of my favorites, because, well, it’s full of chocolaty, yummy recipes.

There you have it, a few of my favorite simple sites. Wish I had space to list them all. What are your favorite simple meal sites? What is your favorite simple meal?

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