First, Get Organized Make a menu such as the one pictured at the left: Grilled Mustard-Maple-Ginger Chicken Thighs Grilled Mixed Vegetables Chilled Watermelon Second, Prep the Food Try boneless and skinless chicken thighs for more flavor and less mess. Carefully cut the fat off chicken thighs and marinate them for an hour or so in a mustard+maple syrup+ginger marinade. Always marinate chicken in the fridge. While the chicken is marinating, wash and cut up potatoes, Bell peppers and onions into bite-size pieces and then mix them up in a bowl. Lay the mixed … [Read more...] about How to Cook a Healthy Summer Meal on the Grill
Quality Ingredients Matter If you ask me, the quality of ingredients really matters when making a great summer basil pesto. Why? Because each ingredient contributes to the flavor you experience when you roll it around in your mouth and over your tongue. Let's look one-by-one at the ingredients in a super tasty basil pesto made in the summertime. If you need a recipe, here's my recipe for summer basil pesto. Fresh Basil: The very best basil for pesto is what you grow yourself. It's really fun to grow fresh herbs - and easy, too. Basically, you need to find a sunny spot in your … [Read more...] about Summer Basil Pesto – It’s All About the Ingredients!
Eggplant and Summer One of my favorite colors is purple. So, maybe that's why I was first curious about eggplant. The color is so beautiful and since we eat with our eyes, I hope eggplant will get your attention, too. When the sun gets really warm in July and August, there is a large supply of eggplant to buy at the grocery store or Farmer's Market. Or, pick it from your own vegetable garden if you are a grower yourself. Whatever, don't miss eggplant as a versatile and very Mediterranean vegetable that tastes great. Here's an eggplant recipe with an Italian twist and here's another eggplant … [Read more...] about A Healthy Eggplant Recipe called Yakne!
The Best Summer Dinners get you in-and-out of the kitchen! In the summer, I'm a big believer in getting myself and my family fed and then moving on to other fun stuff like gardening, bicycling around the neighborhood or taking a dip in the pool. Getting in-and-out of the kitchen quickly is definitely my plan. This can be challenging, though, so here are 5 summer dinners ideas for you to try. 1. Stacked-up Summer Dinner: This is fun to do and filling. Get out what you have on hand and stack it up! I like a stack like the one pictured here: salad greens, leftover cooked chicken, … [Read more...] about Summer Dinners!
Summer Dinner Ideas are Your Friend! In the summer, most of my friends and clients are looking for the most simple dinner ideas they can find. And, it makes perfect sense. Who wouldn't rather be at the pool, the park or fitting in some fun exercise? Without a huge amount of effort, summer dinner meals can bring good nutrition to your plate and wow flavors of the season to your tongue. And, even when summer's over, these go-to meals can be your quick solution. Summer Dinner Ideas are Easy to Plan! Here are 3 of my favorite easy meals for summer at the dinner table. 1. Sandwich & … [Read more...] about Summer Dinner Ideas for Hot Weather
Staying Well Hydrated in Hot Weather! Do you keep your body well hydrated during hot weather? How do you do it? I think most of us try to drink more water, and then we run out of ideas. Well, I'd like to introduce you to some new ideas because hydrating foods are delicious foods. Yes, hydrating foods can be your hot weather solution along with liquids such as water, herbal teas, fruit juice popsicles and smoothies. Here is my earlier blog about hydrating liquids for more tips. Choosing Hydrating Foods! Here is a list of foods that have a lot of water in them, making them great for … [Read more...] about Hydrating Foods are Delicious Foods & Watermelon Salad Recipe!