Pasta cooked on the grill

There are no bounds to the foods that I will cook on the grill. I love the smoky flavor that the grill gives food and I avoid using my stove or oven in the summer. This pasta dish is really easy and scrumptious.

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Shaved Summer Squash Salad

I love to take advantage of summer squash while it is in abundance in our baskets, at farmer’s markets or from friends who are eager to get rid of their bumper crop.  Wherever you are getting your summer squash fix, they are perfect for blending with other ingredients or in very simple preparations because of their subtle flavor.

This salad is perfect on a hot evening when a cheesy or fried squash dish just won’t do.

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Busy Day Sausage Veggie Soup

In my house, Tuesdays are our really busy day.  My daughter has dance and is absolutely famished when she gets home so I’m always looking for ideas to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible.  The crockpot makes an appearance regularly on Tuesdays.  I cut up the veggies and put this soup together this morning and cooked it on low all day.  This recipe is loaded with veggies and sausage so it is a great meal in a bowl. Continue reading “Busy Day Sausage Veggie Soup”

Wheat Berry Risotto

I have been exploring uses for my bag of wheat berries that is living in my pantry. I had a major risotto craving so I thought I would try to sub the wheat berries in for the rice. This recipe turned out really comforting and rich like traditional risotto.  I really liked how the wheat berries made it a little chewy. Continue reading “Wheat Berry Risotto”

Veggie scramble

I really need a protein rich breakfast to get my day started. One of the easiest and healthiest protein breakfasts is for me to scramble up some eggs. This is a great recipe to use up a variety of vegetables and it is fast so it is perfect for weekday mornings. I will pretty much use whatever I have on hand but some of my favorites are tomatoes, spinach, kale, onion, broccoli, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, herbs, leeks, and potatoes. Continue reading “Veggie scramble”

Spinach with Cranberries and Almonds

Bright, vibrant-looking spinach leaves are not only more appealing to the eye but more nourishing as well.  Spinach has been called the world’s healthiest food.   We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time.  I wanted to make a spinach dish that was colorful and tasty for holidays as well as any day.  I added a cranberry sauce and almonds to the spinach sauté.  Wow!  I hope you will enjoy this tasty version of spinach!
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Tomato and Spinach Whole Wheat Scones

I wanted to find a way to serve my daughter vegetables in the morning – she sometimes resists eating eggs but I knew she would eat them if I baked them into a scone.  This recipe is versatile enough that you could substitute many different types of vegetables or cheeses.
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Grilled Chicken with Spinach Pesto

Spinach seems to be the theme of my month! I love when spinach is in season. It is one veggie that I can always find something new to do with it. A traditional pesto is lovely with basil, and here I swapped out the basil for spinach and came out with a lovely twist on a classic dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If you do luck out and have leftovers, it reheats smashingly in the oven.
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