Daughter: When I am grown up and you come to visit me, I’ll be eating Lindt chocolates. And you can just watch me and drool while you’re having a nice plate of whole grain pasta.
A while back you did a “your turn” for quick recipes. There were a lot of good recipes that came from that, and I’m wondering if you would consider hosting a “your turn” for recipes to cook on those sultry hot summer days when you can’t stand to stand over a hot stove, and can’t bear the thought of firing up a grill and enduring 100 degree heat outside while standing next to a 500 degree BBQ. After this heat snap, I’ve about exhausted my own supply of quick fix summer dishes that don’t really require heating up the kitchen, and I’d love to see what other families do.
Here’s mine: On a day when you know it is going to be crazy-hot, marinate chicken breasts in your favorite salad dressing for at least an hour — really any salad dressing will do. Then, in the morning, grill the chicken, let cool, and store in the refrigerator. At dinnertime, slice chicken in strips, and serve with raw vegetables (baby carrots, cut peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes) and dip. If someone insists upon having a grain, put the cold chicken between slices of bread and make it a sandwich.
On a day where I fail to plan ahead, fruit, yogurt, and deli meat sandwiches also make a popular, no-cook dinner. What about you? What do you “cook” when it gets hot?
***UPDATED to add the link to the original “easy meals” post.
[tags]summer cooking, no-cook dinners, meal planning[/tags]
Thanks to all who inquired about my progress in my ongoing Can Kicking Campaign. It’s been about 84 hours and I am still going strong. Dare I say it? This is … easier than I thought it would be. I don’t want to let down my loyal, supportive fans, after all.
My new favorite beverages are water, skim milk (but I was already drinking that), and Polar Cranberry Lime Seltzer. I do plan to make the ice tea so many of you recommended, but I haven’t gotten around to buying a sun tea jar yet. I’m pretty sure the kids will go for it when I do, though, so I am thinking decaf.
Do you drink Diet Coke? I do. Tons, actually. And I have decided that I do not like this about myself.
I first started drinking Diet Coke in college. It was an “acquired taste” one of my girlfriends told me, and I aimed to acquire it. That didn’t take long. Soon I was drinking several cans a day. I decided to give it up for Lent that first year and was rewarded with the biggest Ash Wednesday headache I have ever had the occasion to “offer up.”
I have also given up Diet Coke when pregnant. Each time I get away from it for a while, I am amazed by the fact that the first sip of the stuff I take after months of being “clean” tastes like … a horrifying mouthful of chemicals. And yet back I go.
I’m not worried about caffeine. In reasonable doses, caffeine is my friend, and you will not convince me otherwise. I will continue to drink caffeine in coffee, but I plan to give up the Diet Coke.
I am mostly concerned about the other stuff in Diet Coke — heroine, maybe? — that keeps me coming back to it. Something about the stuff convinces me that I need it. And not Diet Pepsi or that horrible store-brand cola stuff, I need Diet Coke. That’s just not a good thing.
I don’t like to feel like decisions about what I put into my body are being made by anyone other than me. Besides, there are plenty of people out there who will tell me the health risks of drinking diet soda and even thoughtfully reflect on the reasons why diet drinks are an abuse of your body and an unhealthy approach to physical fitness.
So I figure there’s no time like the summer for kicking the can and drinking water instead. We have an unlimited supply of water from our artesian well and it flows freely from the tap.
So. Here goes.
[tags]diet coke, diet soda, aspartame, healthy drinking[/tags]
Sort of. At least as close as we’re going to come in this kitchen today.
Her Royal Highness graciously compromised on the fives (one big candle five is okay) and the butterflies (they’ve flown away to prepare the princess’s birthday lunch, don’t you know?) and all that text (as long we say “Happy Birthday to Gabby. Gabby is turning five. We love you, Gabby.” many times today).
My hands and my kitchen might have suffered a bit in the process, but it has truly been an honor.
I saw these beautiful butterflies in a recent issue of Woman’s Day and was tempted by them. Then this morning I was re-organizing some of our school stuff (read: throwing out a bunch junk papers and half-used workbooks) when I re-discovered the magazine. And here they are again online in all their temptingness. This is dangerous stuff. I am apt to plan a party just so that I can have an excuse to make them. Which begs the question: Which raises the question: Which comes first, the party or the cupcake?
[tags]cupcakes, butterflies, creative baking[/tags]
When you have no time in the morning before you need to get out the door, leftover carrot cake with glasses of milk makes a fine breakfast for a gang of kids who can’t find their shoes. Between the vitamin A and beta carotene in the cake and the calcium and protein in the milk, you won’t even feel weird or guilty.
But you will feel compelled to confess to the internet.