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!…
Are you looking for a good summer salad? Roasted Beet and Orange Salad is the salad for you! As many of you know, I am a huge lover of beets. I often find myself with leftover roasted beets in my refrigerator, and this salad is a fabulous use for them. Not only is this salad colorful, it is also packed with nutrition! …
Now that it is almost the middle of summer (can you believe it?), I am turning to recipes with less ingredients, less fuss and more vegetables. This Zucchini Hummus Dip fits the bill in all categories. In fact, you won’t believe how easy it is! Just a few simple ingredients and you will have a party worthy appetizer. Have some extra time? Make the hummus and pesto from scratch (hummus recipe here). In a hurry? Buy your favorite hummus and pesto from the store, and this dip will take you no more than 10 minutes to throw together!…
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!!
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Happy 4th of July all of you loyal readers! We had actually decided not to do a 4th of July post since both of us had family events to host. However, that was before stumbling across an amazing post by Lady Behind the Curtain! Who is that you ask? Well, a fellow blogger that I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with through social media. She creates unbelievable food and gives great entertaining tips.
One of her latest creations was a stars and stripes pie that was just calling to me! Anyone that knows me, knows that I am the least Pinterest-y person around. I never decorate for holidays (minimally for Christmas-and really only because I have kids), I’ve never made cute little kids projects (even though I have 2 kids), and I’m not at all crafty! A patriotic pie? With stars and stripes? Laugh if you will, but just you wait-I think I actually pulled this one off!
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!!
Chipotle peppers are one of my favorite ingredients (if you haven’t noticed). On our recent girls trip we had planned a red potato salad to serve with our Chipotle Pulled Pork Sliders. However, when it came time to start making said potato salad, we realized we really hadn’t brought a recipe. Or thought about what we wanted in our potato salad. Or really had any plan at all. Interesting how sometimes the best things can be born out of complete blank space-like this Chipotle Adobo Potato Salad!…
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….