So, this summer I've been incredibly busy...but not really doing a whole lot at the same time. Any moms of new babies probably know exactly what I mean. When Ellie turned 3 months, I feel like I was finally crawling out of the hole that is the newborn phase.
Now that Ellie is napping more consistently, I'm going to try to update the blog a bit more. I feel like I say this a lot, then it never actually happens. Whatevs.
So anyways, I've been trying to do a bit more cooking at home. When Ellie was first born, we got a lot of carry out, which is typically crap food. Even if restaurants disguise it as healthy, there is a ton of added salt and butter and everything else that is bad for you. I enjoy cooking, and I really missed it. I'm not a gourmet chef by ANY means, but I enjoy experimenting with different recipes. I love love LOVE to see what friends and fellow bloggers are making for dinner. Not only does it give me ideas, but it proves to me that it can be done by a normal person and not just the Martha Stewarts of the world.
Here are a few of my favorites:But first, a few things:
*I don't cook any red meat or pork at home. I'm very sssllloowwwwly moving away from eating meat. I just can't give up chicken yet. I will probably always eat seafood. (It doesn't make me as sad)
*Some of the recipes I made up, some I got from magazines/Pinterest (I will link where I can), but most recipes I have tweaked to add more veggies.
*I can't eat dairy anymore because it messes with Ellie's tummy. Boo! :(
*You may recognize some of these from my Instagram (@BeautyandtheGreek)
*I use my grill A LOT in the spring and summer. It's just a normal gas grill, but I love cooking outside and having less kitchen cleanup.
*I keep a "dinner diary" (I talk more about it here) to document what I've made, ingredients, and things I would change for next time.
*I am no food photographer, so food is much tastier than it appears! :)
Coconut Curry Shrimp
Main Ingredients: Brown rice, shrimp, tomatoes, coconut milk, onion, ginger, curry sauce spices, top with cilantro
I add some sauteed squash and zucchini. Buy microwaveable brown rice here . (No added salt or bad stuff), buy ginger in a tube to save time.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
I made up the recipe
Main Ingredients: Rice paper (Buy It Here), red pepper, cabbage slaw, shrimp (or pork), tomato, red bell pepper, and cilantro. Soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper flakes for the dipping sauce. Just keep mixing like a mad scientist until it tastes good. Edamame on the side.
Pesto Chicken Pasta and Salad
No real recipe
Main Ingredients: Pasta, grilled chicken in (EVOO, S&P marinade, nothing fancy), with Costco pesto sauce (amaaazing, but any store bought pesto is fine, or make your own...but I think it's a pain), spinach salad with feta and veggies.
Pasta with Shrimp and Snap Peas
Main Ingredients: Pasta, feta, shrimp, snap peas, dill, lemon zest, garlic
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Main Ingredients: Tomato, cucumber, oregano, olive oil (balsamic vinegar if you want), feta
George's dad gave us an obscene amount of tomatoes and cucumbers from his garden. This....THIS ladies, is what I came home to one day. Yes, George said, "I totally went all Martha Stewart while you were gone." I know, he's a keeper. God love him...he even made the cucumber water too. Just precious.
Quickest Dinner Ever
Main Ingredients: Spinach ravioli (from Costco) with sauteed squash, zucchini, and broccoli, marinara sauce and a tiny bit of parmesan.
Ha, this was uploaded on accident. But I've been LOVING oatmeal lately with some almond milk, cinnamon and fresh peaches.
Veggie pizzas are my favorite to make. I buy two thin pizza crusts because I'm too lazy to make my own. This one has broccoli, bell pepper, tomato, mushroom, fresh basil, and garlic. Cheese and sauce as well, obviously. Make two and freeze the other one so you're not left with a ton of ingredients. If I'm not up for making two, I saute the extra veggies and put them with some pasta later in the week.
Summer Tomato Soup
Main Ingredients: Tomatos, shrimp, corn, zucchini, poblano peppers, onion, garlic.
This was awesome! Lots of chopping, but it goes really quickly.
I make big salads almost weekly. My current favorite is to make a spinach salad with some garlic cous cous and grilled chicken. I add some tomato and sauteed mushrooms. Some parmesan or feta with olive oil and a tiny bit of balsamic. It's so good!
I'm also a fan of mixed field greens, peppers, tomato, black bean, corn, avocado and whatever protein you want. Add some salsa with maybe a tiny bit of ranch...yum!
Apples and berries with some herbed goat cheese and cucumber makes a killer salad too.
So those are some of my favorite summer dinners. Now what are yours? I need some new ideas, haha! If you liked this post, do me a favor and pin it!