Summer has finally arrived! Besides the beautiful weather, I also love summer because of the celebrations of the season. Summer produce is at its peak as well, and I can’t wait to get back to the farmer’s market and pick up colorful fresh fruits and veggies of all kinds. This time of year I start to gravitate towards lighter meals rather than the traditional warm comfort food I’ve eaten all winter. That includes lightening up my desserts, too!
Spring is in full effect with summer fast-approaching, which means it’s time to dust off the patio furniture and fire up the grill. I’ve actually had my grill out for a few weeks now and take every chance I get to grill our dinner. Burgers, steak, chicken, even veggies, I love grilling season! Less time in the kitchen, less mess to clean up, and more time with family and friends. Isn’t that what spring and summer is all about?
Although spring has officially sprung, it definitely still feels like winter across most of the country. For most of us, we had a taste of spring much earlier than usual, but then old man winter had to come back and remind us that he wasn’t gone quite yet! So while it’s still cold outside, I’m enjoying my favorite soups for as long as I can.
Home cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. After a long day of work, sometimes it’s tough to make your way to the kitchen to cook dinner, but with a little meal planning and some simple recipes, it definitely can be done! My favorite recipes tend to be those made in the slow cooker, sheet pan suppers, and one-pot meals. Easy to prep and easy to clean up, which is just my style.
I’ve always loved butternut squash and I enjoy eating it simply roasted, tossed in salads, and especially in Butternut Squash Soup. I’d never used it in lasagna until just recently, and I’m so glad I gave it a try. This lasagna is creamy, hearty, and flavorful, and truly is the perfect comfort food.
Mornings are always extra hectic, trying to wrangle the kids out of bed to get ready and get off to school on time. Something I’ve been doing for several years now is prepping as much as I can the night before. Laying clothes out, making sure backpacks are packed, and getting a head start on lunch – all of that saves me time, and stress, in the mornings. These Breakfast Quiche Bites are the perfect solution for those crazy busy mornings.
During the summer I love eating salads. They’re light, fresh and healthy, and easy to put together for lunch or dinner. Plus there’s no need to turn on the oven! Now that my kids are older they are really enjoying salads too, so I’ve been playing around in the kitchen with different ingredients so I have a lot of options to offer them. Any way I can get my kids to eat more produce is a win for me!
During the summer, ice cream is a staple in our house. Honestly it’s a staple all year round, but we eat a lot of ice cream during the summer especially. It’s the perfect dessert after any meal, and it’s just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Even though my family has dessert each night, I do try to make it somewhat healthy. We all have cravings now and then, but I definitely don’t want us to get too much sugar. These Individual Banana Split Sundaes are a great way for the kids to have a well-balanced sweet treat. The secret is to load up on the fruit!