summertime cooking inspiration

July 24, 2010

not that i have it, but i need some. =)

i am realizing that many of my “go to” meals are really geared more toward cold weather eating. i really want to make some creative, fresh, yummy meals … but am totally lacking ideas.

i have a mint plant that is growing beautifully (thanks, shawnna!) so i’d love to incorporate some fresh mint in somewhere. i am making the “mediterranean quinoa salad” from feeding the whole family (the best cookbook – thanks, jess, for telling me about it!) which fits the bill: fresh, lemony, light, satisfying.

i need more ideas like it. please, share!!! =)

for now, i am checking some of my favorite blogs, which always inspire. hopefully i’ll find some treasures to try in the kitchen.

http://www.passionatehomemaking.com

http://www.nourishinggourmet.com

http://www.nourishingdays.com

http://www.elanaspantry.com

http://family.go.com/parent-to-parent/blogs/catherine-newman-blog/

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6 Responses to “summertime cooking inspiration”

  1. jani Says:

    I like pasta salad in the summer.
    Well, really any salad… today it was a tossed salad with some cheese and grilled chicken sliced/chunked into it.
    Sadly, men don’t feel that’s a meal. 😦

  2. home2learn Says:

    jani,

    thank you! yes, pasta salad … great reminder, thanks. i love that in the summer! and your tossed salad w/chicken is also yummy.

    and you are so right: why don’t men think that a good salad is a meal!? argh. hee hee.

  3. Meredith Says:

    Oh, the “salad as a meal” is always up for debate around here! Lately, instead of tossing a salad myself, I’ve been leaving everything separate, and letting Justin build his own salad. He complains a lot less about it not being a “real meal” when I do it this way for some reason!

    Em- I also really like this oriental red cabbage slaw with grilled chicken:

    Sautee:
    1-Tablespoon oil
    1/4 cup slivered almonds
    1/4-cup sesame seeds

    Cool and then add to a large bowl with the following:
    8 green onions, chopped
    1-2 heads red cabbage chopped, as for coleslaw
    1/2 a cup or so of mandarin oranges
    1/4 to 1/2 cup of dried cherries
    3-4 chopped grilled chicken breasts

    Dressing: Combine and mix well:
    1/4-cup sugar
    1-teaspoon salt
    1-teaspoon black pepper
    1-cup oil
    6 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar

  4. home2learn Says:

    mere, that red cabbage slaw recipe looks great!! thank you, i will try it. =)

  5. jaw123456 Says:

    I love, love, love salads in the summer…two of my faves I think we made together Em in a whole foods cooking class…

    One being the fiesta chicken salad with black beans, tomatoes, avacodoes, corn and a deliciously fresh cilantro-lime vinegarette.

    Another is the Asian salad with tons of chopped veggies… including yellow, red and green peppers, bok choy, cilantro, cucumber, celery, shredded carrots, purple and green cabbage, crisp hearts of Romaine, etc. I use a semi-spicy vinegarette…a mix of toasted sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, a bit of shoyu, a few drops of hot pepper oil and a few other dashes of this and that – until it is just right 🙂

    When I am eating gluten free, the grill becomes a great friend of mine. I love grilled eggplant, zucchini and all squash brushed with a bit of olive oil and grilled to perfection…portabella mushrooms are awesome, too. Any kind of meat and fish are welcomeed in our home from the grill….

    Hmm, what else…another idea is to always have that ready made salad in the fridge so that rice or quinoa can be added with your favorite grill items…

    If we are not eating gluten free, I love huge wraps for burritos filled with all kinds of veggies, grilled or raw and beans of all kinds. Left over chunks of meat, chicken or fish are yummy to add into the mix.

    Since we have moved to Hawaii we nearly eat rice everyday as it is certainly a main staple here. And really, I have found that it can be served hot or cold and goes great with just about everything.

    So many yummy options! Here’s to happy summer living!

  6. home2learn Says:

    jess, as always … you’ve inspired me. thank you. the ideas you’ve shared sound amazing. YUM!! love you.


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