Tag: Summer Foods

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce

Try Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce the next time you want to grill. This is a quick and easy recipe, perfect for weeknight meals.

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

This Pineapple Zucchini Bread is a great way to use some of your excess garden vegetables. The shredded zucchini blends into the batter as it bakes creating a moist bread sweetened with pineapple and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Believe me, your family will love 

Spinach Beet Salad

Spinach Beet Salad

Spinach Beet Salad is a wonderful addition to your summer meals. Fresh Baby Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Glazed English Walnuts, Pickled Beets, and Feta Cheese, with a delightful vinaigrette. Click to Tweet

This Spinach Beet Salad is a wonderful addition to your summer meals. Fresh Baby Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Glazed English Walnuts, Pickled Beets, and Feta Cheese, with a delightful sweet vinaigrette. Serve either as a side salad or as a light dinner salad with flatbread.

Incorporated into this salad are two of my favorite recipes: Glazed English Walnuts and Easy Pickled Beets. Now, of course, you may use plain English walnuts and/or sliced beets instead. That’s up to you. But I think you will really enjoy the blended flavor that each of these gives to the salad. 

This spinach salad is so easy to make. You don’t even need to cut up any vegetables to put on it. Just open up a bag of spinach, drain a can of mandarin oranges and toss everything together.

So, let’s get started!

Ingredients Needed for Spinach Beet Salad

  • package of baby spinach
  • mandarin oranges
  • Glazed English Walnuts
  • Easy Pickled Beets
  • Feta Cheese

And for the Dressing:

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil

How to Make the Salad and Dressing

In a large salad bowl, layer spinach, mandarin oranges, English walnuts, and beets. Gently toss to incorporate. 

In a small bowl, mix together Balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and freshly ground black pepper. Slowly add olive oil and whisk until the dressing emulsifies. At this point you may pour it into a serving cruet, if desired.

When ready to serve, drizzle the vinegar dressing over the salad. Sprinkle individual servings with Feta cheese as desired. This salad will serve 4-6 people. 

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Recipe for Spinach Beet Salad

Spinach Beet Salad

Here's a delicious recipe to enjoy this summer! Find my recipe for Easy Pickled Beets Here.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beets, English Walnuts, Feta Cheese, Mandarin Oranges, Spinach
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Salad Bowl Set
Salad Tongs
Stainless Wire Whisk
Cruet Bottle

Ingredients

Dressing:

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, layer spinach, oranges, walnuts, and beets. Gently toss to combine.

To Make the Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, mix together Balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, and black pepper. Slowly add olive oil and whisk until the dressing emulsifies. If desired, pour into a cruet bottle for serving.
  • When ready to serve, drizzle vinegar dressing over salad. Sprinkle individual servings with Feta cheese as desired. Serves 4-6

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 5802IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg
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Blueberry Peach Slab Pie

Blueberry Peach Slab Pie

I first tried making this Blueberry Peach Slab Pie while on vacation with our family in Branson, MO. I wanted a fun and easy dessert to make for one of our meals there, and this pie was a perfect hit. To make things even easier, 

Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread

Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread

We absolutely love this Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread recipe. Crispy, yet chewy and flavored with rosemary, garlic, and olive oil. I could eat this stuff every day and then some. It’s the perfect companion to a light dinner salad or with Quiche, or just by itself.

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa is a tasty appetizer to make for your next family gathering. It’s easy and the ingredients are common enough to be in your pantry. Click to Tweet

Black Bean Salsa is an easy and tasty appetizer to make for your family or gathering.

It’s so easy, and the ingredients are common enough to be in everyone’s pantry.

I have to add here, that I just LOVE black beans. It was only a few years ago, that I had even tried them. I mean, as a girl, I had never even heard of them! Apparently, they started to become popular in the US grocery market in the late 1980’s. Like other legumes, they are high in fiber and protein and have many other health benefits to them. See information on that HERE.

Eat Beans. They are Good for You!

I love black beans in my Mexican dishes, as refried beans, in salads. Oh my. This dip offers a perfect use for them as well. I hope you will like it as much as we do!

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Black Bean Salsa

  • canned corn
  • sweet onion
  • green bell pepper
  • lemon juice
  • red wine vinegar
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • minced garlic
  • ground red pepper
  • black pepper

Tips on Making This Recipe

Place drained beans and corn in a serving bowl. I like to use Green Giant Corn Niblets, but their Mexicorn would also be fantastic for this recipe.

Mince your onion and dice the green pepper. Add to beans.

Mix together the liquids and spices. If you want to use Tabasco sauce instead of Louisiana Hot Sauce, please do. Also, you could substitute chili powder for the ground red pepper.

Pour liquids and spices over the beans and vegetables, mixing well.

Cover and refrigerate overnight to let things marinate.

Serve with your favorite Corn Chips. We love On the Border or Tostitos.

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Recipe for Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Here's an easy and tasty appetizer to make for your family or gathering. Serve with corn chips.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Black Beans, Corn
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Knife Set
Cutting Board
Glass Mixing Bowls
Chip and Dip Server

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. black beans drained
  • 15 oz corn drained
  • 1 cup sweet onion minced
  • 1/2 whole green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Using a knife and cutting board, prepare onion and bell pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, red wine vinegar, hot sauce, garlic, ground red pepper, and black pepper.
  • In medium bowl, combine beans, corn, onion, and bell pepper. Pour lemon juice mixture over the beans and mix well. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. Serve with corn chips. Serves 6-8.
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Taco Bowl Salad

Taco Bowl Salad

Taco Bowl Salad is easy to make and fun to eat. A perfect choice for a light summer dinner. I’ve eaten taco bowls in restaurants that were deep fried, and they are delicious. However, these baked bowls work just as well and have less fat 

Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Quiche is perfect for a weekend brunch or for a light supper with a salad.  I love this recipe. It’s simple. And very tasty. It’s elegant and pretty enough for special entertaining, such as a Mother’s Day Brunch, or for Christmas or Easter. Yet 

Summer Salad Ideas

Summer Salad Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to serve light evening meals to your family. Too hot outside to heat up the kitchen with an oven or stove. Why not make a quick yummy meal with fresh vegetables and a smattering of meat. Here are a few  of our favorite Summer Salad Ideas. Continue reading Summer Salad Ideas

Sourdough Olive Flatbread

Sourdough Olive Flatbread

Sourdough Olive Flatbread is a perfect choice when you want something extra special.  If you’ve spent any time on this recipe site, you know how much I enjoy making sourdough breads. I especially enjoy flatbread during the spring and summer months. This recipe is so