Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SUMMER FARE ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

Summer is the perfect time to experiment a little. There are so many wonderful farmers markets to visit for fresh veggies and fruits. Try stocking your fridge for the week with all your favorite veggies. It just makes it so easy to come home and throw something light and flavorful together after a work day. Especially when it's just too darn hot out to stand over a grill.
For example, tonight I came home with no idea of what to make for dinner. I just went to the fridge and pulled out an onion, zucchini, mushrooms, green and red peppers, yellow squash and a frozen box of chopped spinach and some broccoli left over from a salad.
& 1/2 can of low sodium 98% fat free chicken broth . I grabbed some frozen skinnless boneless chicken tenders and tossed them in a big skillet with some salt and pepper and the frozen chopped shinach. and the broth . While that got started I cut up all the veggies and tossed them in the skillet as well. Put in a few sprinkles of lite soy sauce, and placed the lid on the pan. By the time the spinach was thawed and mixed in with everything else the dish was done, maybe 35 minutes from the start to the serving dish. Yes I could have served it over some brown rice, but it really was not what I was looking for tonight. I wanted to keep it light.
I like spice so I sprinkled a little hot sauce on my serving. It was so tasty. It was a good meal, satisfying. No need for a side dish, but for dessert we had a bowl of fruit and a little fat free whipped cream on top.
So take a break from the every day and try something new right out of your head.

When the Maryland tomatoes come in, you can bet there will be "BLT" sandwiches , and with the Oscar Meyer fully cooked bacon, how much easier can it get. Add an ear of sweet corn and you have one of our favorite summer meals!

Another easy fast Idea is to purchase those little grape tomatoes, some fresh mushrooms, and a jar of your favorite pesto sauce. Make some whole grain pasta, when done, place the pasta in a pan (skillet) and drizzle just a little olive oil over, then add the tomatoes, mushrooms and 2 tablespoons of the pesto sauce, mix well and heat until the tomatoes start to pop. Add a pinch of red pepper corns if you want a little heat. Serve with a glass of wine and you have a quick meal .
You can serve with a little slice of Italian or chabata bread if you like. And if you have left overs , take them for lunch the next day.
Drop me a line and let me know what some of your easy favorite summer week day meals are.
It's so hard to be motivated after working all day, and who uses the oven when it's almost 100 degrees outside?
Hope your have a wonderful safe summer, and remember, it's so easy to keep it light this time of year.
Dee

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