Ya’ll, the heat is ON. Minneapolis is under a “heat dome” right now and with heat indices over 100 degrees, the last thing I want to be doing is cooking: enter the smoothie. A 3 minute meal that satisfies toddlers, hungry husbands, and pregnant women in one fell swoop. This Simple Summer Green Smoothie is exactly what is sounds like: Easy, green, and full of summery flavor. …
We’re having a little heat wave here in Minneapolis and needless to say, slaving over an oven doesn’t really seem all that fun when it’s 100 degrees and humid. So, instead of cooking, I’m sipping some passion fruit iced tea and ogling gorgeous foodie blogs for inspiration and saving these recipes for when it cools down a bit! It’s Good (Food) Reads for your (hot!) Wednesday afternoon…
When I first started dating my husband (and right up until we got married!), I was a vegetarian. The poor guy had to put up with many an (unusual for him) dish while eating out and eggplant parmesan was one we could both agree on. While I eat meat now, I can’t wait to try this Eggplant Parmesan Pasta Skillet from Cook Nourish Bliss.
Peanut Butter Banana Bon Bons (Joy the Baker). Lane and I have a ladies night out coming up in August and we’re in charge of desserts. I’m thinking these might be fun alongside some other fun sweet bites. What do you think, Lane?!?!?
Confession: I’m totally posting this Summer Fruit Plate (Half Baked Harvest) simply because it’s so darn beautiful and I can’t stop eating fresh fruit right now. Can someone make it for me? Pretty please?
Toasted S’More Truffle Pops (Ashlee Marie). I love that there’s a foolproof video for making these classic summer recipe inspired pops. Can’t wait to make them!
I’ve rarely met a fish taco I didn’t like. I’m thinking these might be a great weeknight dinner for our whole family: Chili Lime Fish Tacos (Pinch of Yum)
As my pregnancy progresses, I just want to eat ALL THE VEGGIES. This Kale Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese (Gimme Some Oven) looks right up my alley. And yes, I plan to eat the blue cheese (don’t worry – I’ve found a great pasteurized version!).
Sweet Corn Risotto with Cajun Shrimp (Spoon Fork Bacon). In addition to wanting all the veggies, I am also still loving all the carbs. Risotto is a winter favorite – so comforting! – but this version with fresh sweet corn and tender spicy shrimp seems like the perfect excuse to try it in the summer.
I have been thinking about these Lemon Basil Shortbread Cookies (A Beautiful Plate) since I first saw them on Laura’s blog. My basil plants are exploding and this will be a fun way to use some in a sweet, rather than savory, dish.
140 Calorie Blueberry Banana Oat Flour Muffins (Broma Bakery), because life is all about balance, right?!?!
Rose Fruit Pops (Table For Two). These are happening as soon as I am no longer growing a child. Emily, Lane, you in?!!
Friends, that’s it for this week’s Good Food Reads. I hope you found some kitchen inspiration. See you next week!
Lighter Lasagna Soup. Yup, lasagna soup. In the summer. Have I lost my mind? I know that some people out there view soup as a cold weather food. For the record, I am not one of those people. I have an unabashed love for soup and would happily eat it every day, all year long. Hot, cold, thick, thin, full of exotic flavors or a simple classic – I’ll take them all. One of my go to soup recipes for any time of the year is an adaptation of Bobby Dean’s Lighter Tastes Like Lasagna Soup. His recipe (which is a lightened up version of his mom’s Lasagna Soup – so yes, technically this is an adaptation of an adaptation) is full of flavor but requires little time to throw together, making it an ideal weeknight meal….
The heart of summer is such a fantastic time to be a cook. Despite some days where the heat definitely makes the idea of standing over a stove less than appealing, the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables makes up for it and this week’s Good (Food) Reads is filled with recipes that take advantage of all of that summer produce! Do you have a go-to summer recipe? Send it our way and we’ll feature it on Good (Food) Reads!…
Hello, friends! Welcome back to Good (Food) Reads. It’s hard to believe another week has passed and after a gorgeous, long, holiday weekend I’m actually finding it a little hard to be excited about food – I’m still SO FULL. But, for those of you who are ready to dive back into your kitchens, here’s this week’s collection of web inspiration that we call Good (Food) Reads.
For cooling off on those hot summer afternoons (and a perfect non-alcoholic option for parties!), I am really excited to try the Pineapple Mint Cooler from Honestly Yum.
Similarly, this Summer Bliss Juice from The First Mess sounds perfect for happy hour. I’ve been on a real watermelon kick lately so this one is right up my alley.
In a slightly less “healthy” direction, I’m planning on whipping up a batch of these Magic 5 Cookies later this week. We’re having some work done on our house and I think it will be a great treat for all the workers, or as my son loves to call them, “construction guys.” (Recipe via Sally’s Baking Addiction)
And since I am on the subject of sweets, has anyone tried these Peach Creamsicles from Meaningful Eats? They are vegan and dairy free, which basically negates the calories, right?!?!
As we really head into the heat of summer (yes!), I’m always looking for lighter dinner options. I am thinking these Turkey Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps (The Creative Bite) or Grilled Monterey Chicken (A Kitchen Addiction) would be fantastic weeknight options. What are your favorite light(er) summer dishes? The Fed Up Foodie also posted a recipe for Mediterranean Tuna Salad that is calling my name…
Because of our construction project, grilling will be a little challenging the next few weeks. This One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus (Chelsea’s Messy Apron) could be a great and easy oven friendly option. Plus, limited clean up! Total winner already in my book.
And because I can’t pass up a good quinoa salad, I’m itching to try Cookie + Kate’s Sundried Tomato, Spinach, and Quinoa Salad.
Finally, I’m putting this out here really so that I can find it later! I’m always looking for new meals to bring to new parents and here’s a great compilation of ideas from The New York Times: Almost As Good As A Full Night’s Sleep – 26 Dishes to Cook for New Parents.
Friends, that’s it’s for this week’s Good (Food) Reads. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week and we’ll see you on Friday with a new post! Until then, send us your new favorite or must make recipes and we would love to feature them on the blog!!
I think it’s fair to say that (almost) everyone loves nachos. A staple at parties, most tend to lean toward the southwest in their flavor profiles – cheese, spicy meats, peppers, and salsa. This summer, we wanted to come up with a twist on the classic. Something a little lighter, with fresh, bright flavors but still a great party food that is easily assembled for even the most spontaneous of gatherings. Enter: Greek Nachos with Tzatziki….
This upcoming holiday weekend is a big one in my family. Each year we gather at my grandmother’s lake cottage and spend at least 3 days eating, swimming, boating, and relaxing by evening bonfires. It is heaven. And we are always looking for new foods to try out on the ever expanding family. With that in mind, here are this week’s Good Food Reads! Enjoy.
Olive Oil Zucchini Bread, perfect for that summer bumper crop of zucchini that is on the way.
Mark Bittman’s Salmon Burgers. Because sometimes you just need to mix up the summer grill. I think these sound perfect for the holiday weekend!
Momofuku’s Soy Sauce Eggs. I’m completely intrigued by these. Has anyone tried them?
I do love a good Cooking Light recipe when trying to be mindful of calories. Here’s a Sausage, Shrimp and Quinoa Skillet that looks amazing!
Speaking of shrimp, I can’t wait to make this Hot Honey Shrimp. I’ve been so into the spicy, spicy foods lately and this one seems right up my alley.
Simplest Cabbage Slaw, via Alexandra’s Kitchen. Perfect for all those CSA boxes!
And another classic from Alexandra’s Kitchen, Zucchini Bread. I love to double the batch and freeze some for later!
Loving this collection of 10 Vegetarian Recipes from Love + Lemons. I’m filing it away for Meatless Mondays! I’m especially excited about the orzo stuffed peppers. Yum.
Two Bean Summer Vegetable Chili. Because even though it’s 90 degrees out, I still could eat soup/chili all day, every day. This is a light and summery take on a classic.
Also curious about this Curried Fried Rice. Would be great for leftover rice or maybe even quinoa!
I had this post all ready to go and then I got an email from Better Homes and Gardens (random, I know) with Copycat Recipes That are Better Than the Originals. I can’t wait to try the DQ Crunch Cone dupe, the At Home Animal Style Fries, and the Dole Whip! Yum.
And finally, Layered Buffalo Chicken Dip. Because it’s a holiday weekend and calories don’t count. Right? Right.
Happy (almost) Fourth of July, friends!!
Usually when it comes to breakfast foods, I am solidly in in Camp Salty. I love a good omelet, studded with veggies, cheese and bacon. I love breakfast potatoes, roasted and crispy. That being said, I also have a weak spot for really good waffles. A good waffle (in my mind, at least) is a bit crisp on the outside, and perfectly light and chewy on the inside with just a hint of sweetness. I have been searching for a go-to recipe for a few years now. …
It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is so quickly approaching! As I’m preparing for our traditional cabin weekend filled with family and (way too much) good food, I’ve been stockpiling new recipes to try. This week’s Good (Food) Reads is a collection of some of the best recipes I’ve stumbled upon this past week and can’t wait to try.
Easy Corn Fritters via Sally’s Baking Addiction. Because nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn.
Simple Roasted Red Pepper Pasta from Half Baked Harvest. A gorgeous summer pasta studded with arugula and fresh burrata! I will forever be a carb lover and this recipe looks like the prefect excuse to eat some carbs and cheese. YUM….
Some recipes really are the simplest ones. Lane and I spent last weekend at her cabin with a dear friend (Hi Em!) soaking up the summer weather and doing a little blog work. In addition to some R&R, we had spent some time in the kitchen developing and testing recipes that we will be sharing with ya’ll soon! One of the easiest and most versatile creations to come out of that weekend is this Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Cream….