Summer, as it always does, has blown right by. Outdoor outings and BBQs are about to come to an end and the weather will soon be cooling off. So if you want to maximize your time outside, and not spend too much time in the kitchen cooking, make this for dinner. It takes no time, and would make the perfect meal to take out to your backyard, patio, or roof to enjoy one more summer night before fall begins.
Category Archives: Dinner
Chickpea and Avocado Salad
This is an excellent side salad for two very important reasons. First, I mean it goes without saying that it is delicious, it has avocado in it so clearly I’m going to love it. Second, it takes all of 10 minutes to make.
Crockpot Mac and Cheese
Crockpot mac and cheese is a great addition for a BBQ, or really any party when you want to prep the food early.
Bacon Mustard Leeks
You can throw bacon on top of anything and make it amazing. But the leeks in this dish are delicious on their own, and the bacon and vinaigrette just provide the perfect combination. This makes a great side dish with an entree or as one of two salads – we served it with the brussels sprouts that I posted last week.
Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
Sriracha is definitely “in” these days. But up until this point, I hadn’t really partaken in the trend. Dave loves it and keeps it in the fridge to add to dishes all the time, but this was the first time I worked it into a meal. And oh boy, I’m sorry for being a doubter. It’s delicious, especially with the honey in this recipe! It is pictured below with a leek dish that will go up on the blog next week.
Roasted Potato and Paprika Chickpea Salad
I just returned from ten days in Spain, where I did a LOT of eating, and am officially in detox mode. This salad is a great summer salad because it has a light and refreshing dressing, but the potatoes and chickpeas help make it filling!
Zucchini Corn Salad
If you’re not taking advantage of all of the fresh produce available right now, you’re missing out. Everything is so much better this time of year. This salad takes advantage of both fresh corn and zucchini, and the dressing keeps the salad light!
Pesto Couscous Salad
If you’re like me and love pesto pasta, but try to avoid eating too much pasta, this is a great way to get your fix. It has less pasta than your usual bowl of pesto pasta, but all the same amazing flavor.
Pesto, Tomato, Spinach and Mozzarella Quesadilla
Yes, this is my third post in the history of this blog about quesadillas. But here’s the deal, quesadillas are amazing. And if you go light on the cheese, and heavy on the vegetables, they’re a relatively healthy easy weeknight dinner. So we tend to eat them a lot. Usually we have a pretty standard quesadilla combo (see here), but here’s a new take on them. It’s sort of the caprese salad of quesadillas. Our basil plant has been doing really well so I’ve been trying to add pesto to as many things as possible. For a pesto recipe, see here.
New Favorite Dinner
As I’ve probably mentioned before, I find easy healthy recipes that I like and then I tend to make them a LOT for dinner on weeknights. This is a new discovery, and we’ve already made it three times. In addition to being delicious, it all cooks in one pan and makes for easy clean up. Plus, you can alter the toppings to your liking, and can also serve it in tortillas if you want to make tacos. So go ahead, make it once. And I promise you’ll start making it all the time!