July Recipes

July 19, 2016 11:30 am

Photo courtesy of Get Inspired Every Day.

Mangos

A sweet, ripe, juicy mango might be the perfect summertime snack, but this tropical fruit can also be used to make everything from cake from curry. Or take this Sweet and Spicy Mango Salad Dressing, it is the perfect way to enjoy the sweet taste of mangos at nearly every meal. The mango pairs perfectly with the kick of heat from the chili. I suggest making a big batch and storing it in the fridge, that way it is available whenever a craving strikes.

For a quick summer-inspired lunch, try this Mango Chicken Salad Sandwich. This fun twist on the quintessential lunch favorite is as simple as combining pre-cooked chicken with mango and a quick homemade chicken salad dressing. And don’t you forget the buttery croissant that it gets served on. One bite and you are basically in the tropics.

This Summertime Mango Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice is a dish that can be on the table in 30 minutes. It is perfect for those nights when you want to spend the evening out on the patio, not slaving away in the kitchen. It strikes the perfect balance of sweet and savory and is light yet filling – summer food perfected.

Finish the slow summer evenings with this Moist Mango Pound Cake recipe. Enjoy a slice as is, or take this cake to the next level by topping it with slices strawberries, a dollop of whipped cream, and a scattering of powdered sugar.

Cucumber

Who doesn’t love cool, crisp, and refreshing cucumber on a warm day? Spiced shrimp top marinated cucumber slices in this quick weeknight-friendly recipe for Blackened Shrimp & Crispy Chilled Cucumbers. Start to finish, this dish only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

If you are looking for a filling – yet light – dinner, please whip up this Smoked Salmon and Farro Salad Bowl. It might sound intimidating, but farro is a simple rice-like grain that can be cooked in as few as 20 minutes. The smoked salmon can be purchased ready-made at the store so that all that is left to do is assemble the bowls and serve once the farro is done cooking.

To really switch things up, add cucumber to this Cool Kiwi Lime Cucumber Refresher. Since cucumber is 95% water, enjoying a tall glass of this kind of tasty juice is a flavorful way to effortlessly up your water intake.

If you are watching your carb intake, you can even use cucumber as a stand in for bread. No, it doesn’t taste the same, but these Low Carb Smoked Turkey Cucumber Sandwiches are happy little layers of cream cheese, turkey, and fresh dill.

Melon

When melons make their debut in the grocery store, you know it’s summertime. Use this sweet and juicy fruit to make effortless Raspberry Melon Breakfast Bowls. It is as simple as filling a halved and seeded cantaloupe with Greek yogurt, topping it with bright raspberries and crunchy granola, and then drizzling it with honey. No dish washing required.

Melon often favors sweet preparations, but also pairs well with salt. This Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad has that wonderful sweet and salty thing going for it. It can also be tosses together in 10 minutes flat.

As the summer days get warmer, make these Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles for a refreshing afternoon treat. If you a fan of creamy frozen desserts, this no-churn Melon Ice Cream is sure to hit the spot.

Eggplant

Eggplant is most known for iconic Italian dishes like Eggplant Parmesan and Ratatouille. Both dishes cook eggplant in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce and feature hearty Italian flavors like basil, garlic, and melty mozzarella cheese. There’s a reason these dishes have stood the test of time.

Eggplant lends itself well to many different flavor combinations, not just Italian. This Baba Ganoush recipe will take your taste buds to the Middle East. Think of Baba Ganoush as a cousin to hummus. Baba Ganoush is a creamy spread that is made from roasted eggplants. The eggplants soften during the cooking process and create the creamiest texture when blended. Use this as a dip for pita and veggies, a sauce for grilled chicken, or as a sandwich spread.

If you are looking for a crisp and crunch snack that is still healthy(ish), make these Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries. Eggplant is coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and then baked to crispy perfection. What’s not to love here?

Another healthy swap is using eggplant as the base for mini pizzas. You can sneak in an extra serving of vegetables and still retain most of the pizza flavor. I have discovered that kids will eat pretty much anything if it is pizza flavored, vegetables included. Consider these Eggplant Pizzas your new secret weapon.

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June Recipes

June 21, 2016 11:02 am

Photo courtesy of Carlsbad Craivings.

June means summer, and summer comes with a host of new fruits and veggies to cook with. Sweet corn, juicy berries, vine ripened tomatoes, and freshly picked apricots add flavor to our summer time eats.

Corn

Mexican Street Corn Nachos. Need I say more? The only way to up this dinnertime game is to pair it with this Roasted Poblano Charred Corn Guacamole. Dinner goals. Then there is this Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder. Prep this recipe the night before, turn the slow cooker dial up in the morning, and dinner is served. An effortless and secretly healthy recipe. If you’re feeling adventurous, try these Sweet Corn Ice Cream Sandwiches. Strange? Yes. Delicious? Bigger yes.

Berries

There are few things in life that can beat a bowl of fresh juicy berries, but this Baked Blueberry Pancake Cake with Mascarpone Whipped Cream just might be one of them. And if you are looking for an impressive dessert, these Raspberry Meringue Nests with their pink swirls of juicy raspberries are sure to do the trick. If you are looking to start your day off with mega energy, try this healthy (and pretty!) Triple Berry Layered Smoothie. You can even add berries to savory meals with this Berry Feta Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are available year round, but when they are bought in season their flavor triples. A traditional way to enjoy these vine ripened beauties is to dice them up, dress them with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and lots of fresh basil and serve them on toasted bread. Their fresh flavor can really shine when prepared this way in these Tomato Garlic Bruschetta Bites. For a healthy and easy weeknight dinner, try this One Skillet Easy Balsamic Caprese Chicken recipe where ripe tomatoes and oohey goohey mozzarella cheese get baked onto juicy chicken breasts, all on one pan! Or for a side, try these Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes. Roasting brings out all the sweetness and concentrates the flavor of the tomatoes in this tasty side. And what about these Crispy Parmesan Tomato Chips!?!? Snack heaven has officially been achieved.

Apricots

Apricots can do more than jam with toast. They add fabulous sweet and sour flavor to these Spicy Apricot Chicken Meatballs, and adding apricot flavor to this Apricot Dijon Glazed Salmon is a dinner homerun. Looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? This Apricot Crumb Cheesecake will fit the bill. A creamy cheesecake is topped with juicy apricots and a succulent and buttery crumble topping. More of a chocolate fan? These Dark Chocolate Apricot Tarts are a 10. Chocolate and apricots go together like peanut butter and jelly, only better.

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A Story Before Bedtime

May 24, 2016 11:00 am

Imagine reading a bedtime story to your children while you are thousands of miles apart. A Story Before Bedtime, is on a mission to connect families through reading. Stories are recorded in your own voice and then sent to your family where they can follow along in the book as you read. You no longer have to give up these precious moments because of distance.

A Story Before Bedtime is giving away free recordings to parents in the U.S. military who are on deployment or are deploying. Head over to their website to sign up for your free recording, and send your voice to those you love.

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