I haven't posted any food things in a while, so here you go.
Slushies: Freeze cubes of watermelon (remove seeds), blend with lime juice, & super fine sugar to taste. For a grown-up slushie, add rum. The consistency is great---watermelon lends itself well to slushiness.
Poppers: Cut the top off jalapenos (the same way you would with a green pepper) and remove the seeds and stem. Fill with cheddar cheese, then wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Throw them on the grill or put them under the broiler until the bacon is done.
-Salmon cakes (I used this recipe from CanYouStayForDinner, but her recipe uses tuna. I just substituted salmon. Oh---and I didn't have any couscous on hand, so I used grits.)
-Light tartar sauce: 3 Tablespoons light mayo, 1 Tablespoon diced pickles (or use relish in a pinch), 1/2 tsp dried mustard, 1/4 tsp horseradish, salt and pepper
-Corn relish: Cut corn off 3 cobs, mix with diced red pepper, tomatoes, onion, and finely diced serrano peppers, toss with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper
Boy, could I have crammed into more starch in to this meal? Perhaps I should have thrown in a side of pasta.
Salad: Combine iceburg and butterleaf lettuce with radishes and avocado. I topped it with Ina Garten's buttermilk dressing.
Gumbo: Oh, the shame! I just used a box of Zatarain's gumbo mix and threw in cooked Cajun sausage and frozen shrimp at the end. I also threw in a small box of frozen spinach for an extra nutritional boost.
Beans: Just red beans---follow the directions on the bag, salt and pepper to taste, add a little veggie oil for smoother taste
Bread: I tried this recipe in my bread machine. I overcooked it, but butter can hide a multitude of sins.
-White Bean Cassoulet from Cooking Light: As usual, I made lots of substitutions. I didn't have asparagus, so I used carrot. (Yeah, I know---really close veggie, huh?) I made it much brothier by doubling the water and adding extra chicken broth. I was in the mood for more of a soup, and I pureed half of the soup for a thicker base. I added chicken because my husband is allergic to vegetarian meals.
-Salad: Boring but tasty bag-o-salad with yummy Ceasar dressing from Le Madeleine's. My friend Maclaine is a food honcho for Le Madeleine's, and brings me treats occasionally.
-Yogurt: Mix plain Greek yogurt with honey and blackberries to taste. Chill.
-Chicken Tacos: I used this recipe from Cooking Light----yum! We really liked it. Adam didn't care for the Avocado Cream, but I could have eaten a whole bowl of it. If you have any leftovers, here's what I did.....mix ANY leftovers (except the slushie) in a bowl with a bag of salad for a quick and healthy lunch.
-Black Bean & Corn Relish: One cup black beans (make beans from dried, or rinse canned beans, cut kernels off 3 cobs corn (or use one can), slice 10 olives, mix with 1/8 cup veggie oil and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper, and I added a sprinkle of cumin, chile powder, and a dash of cinnamon
-Watermelon Slushies: See first meal for recipe