“June 21, the first day of Summer” is what my sister always responds when asked about her birthday (thanks, Ky for never letting me forget the first official day of summer… and HBD!). To celebrate the start of a new season, I would like to share some easy summer recipes. Each of these includes our favorite ingredient: SPICES ❤ For those of you who don’t know, I don’t like cooking (I might be the only RD..??) so these are my go-to, easy, savvy, cost effective, summer-lovin, food-snacking ideas for you to enjoy!
This is a lunch-box go to for me. Whenever I buy fresh tomatoes, I like to marinade them overnight with basil, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. I usually cut them into slices and place them right into a small tupperware container so they are ready to go to work with me. Another easy variation of this recipe is to add a sprinkle of parmesan or feta cheese and zap it in the microwave for 1 minute prior to eating. Easy. Flavorful. Practical.
Would I be a dietitian if I didn’t talk about green salad?! Since I’ve already told you I don’t like cooking, I suppose its possible. BUT I do love a green salad –> Side Note: only 71 days until Spartan Football!!! GO GREEN!!!
I usually I purchase the pre-washed organic spring mix from Aldi ( 16oz for $3.79 ) which lasts me all week. When I get home from the grocery store, I make 3 salads: one in a bowl to eat pronto, one in a tupperware container for my lunch the following day, and one in the spring mix container. Salads are great because there is no right or wrong way to make them. Cut, dice, slice, mix, and violà … you have a salad! By creating a salad out of the entire spring mix container, you have easy, healthy meals for the week. Lately I’ve been using fresh strawberries, carrots, mushrooms, beets, feta, and tofu on my salads. For spices, I like to sprinkle black pepper and garlic powder on top. Sometimes I use cottage cheese or hummus instead of dressing. Other times, I keep it simple with a vinaigrette or light honey mustard.
This may seem like a classic, but hear me out: my grandmother just gave me an egg-cooker. Despite the many times I have told her I have no space in my apartment for more gadgets, I think I might keep this one. This little globe is relatively small, and can cook up to 7 eggs at one time. You can scramble, hard/medium/soft-boil, poach, or make an omelette in this little machine. For me, this means one thing: no “cooking”. So after I steam my 7 eggs in this machine (which turns off automatically… no timer required) I peel, slice, and mix with onion, celery, mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, and… Greek Yogurt! What!?! Yes, I love to use Greek Yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise. You can barley taste the difference! I dare you to try it 🙂
Hopefully these recipes inspire healthy, spicy, summer cooking! Please leave any questions / comments below. XoXo -Pepper