Easy Summer Recipes

Easy Summer Recipes

Here is a collection of summer favorites that do not require you to slave for hours over a hot stove.

Aaah the summer is in full swing…and it feels like we are living on the surface of the sun.  My flowers need to be watered twice a day to survive.  To walk the dogs, we have to get up before dawn.  I work with the lights off and the blinds closed in order to preserve the cool temperatures.  And, perhaps what’s most relevant, I give second thought before turning on the oven.

If you are like me, and find yourself thinking up ways in which you can prepare a meal without having to set the oven temp to 350 degrees, then this one’s for you.  Here is a collection of summer favorites that do not require you to slave for hours over a hot stove.

Watermelon Squares with Fresh Ricotta, Slice of Jalapeno and Lemon Zest: This is one of my all-time favorite summer recipes.  We have served this at two events.  At first, people are a little hesitant and not sure what to make of the concoction.  But, I can assure you that after one bite, you will be sold.  This is the perfect combination of sweet, salt, fresh and spice.  It’s a great appetizer.

Caitlin’s Homemade Gazpacho: I am making this gazpacho this Saturday and am super excited about it.  It is one of my favorite healthy summer recipes and it couldn’t be easier to make. My dad gave me fresh cucumbers from the garden and I found some great heirloom tomatoes. There is no real cooking to this – you don’t even have to spend much time chopping anything.

Asparagus Slaw: In keeping with the theme of easy summer recipes, this Asparagus Slaw is a great side salad for a Monday night dinner.  We like to serve with some crusty bread and a smear of cheese, but I can assure you that it is a great stand-alone salad.  This asparagus dish is also another recipe that can be made in no time.

Pesto Pork Tenderloin (or this could be done with chicken too – noticed it is on sale at Kroger right now): Instead of baking this, grill it.  This is such an easy summer dish with just two ingredients, it should be added to your list of favorite recipes – simple AND delicious.  Pesto Pork Tenderloin just screams summer to me.

Raspberry Bellinis: We are also serving this on Saturday night.  This is such a refreshing end to a meal, and beautiful with all of the fresh fruit crushed on the bottom of your glass.  I have served this in wine glasses, plastic cups (for easy clean up) and traditional water glasses.  No matter how you do it, it is easy and presents well.  Play around with your flavors too – change it up and crush blueberries or blackberries.  Just think color when you are designing this dessert.

And there you have it – easy ideas that do not require you to spend much time in the kitchen.

- Molly Sandquist Ross, Partner

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