We had a nice little get away a few weeks ago and headed down to Lake Mead with a group of friends. It was a much needed get away. But when stuck on a beach for hours on end (I'm not complaining) you better go prepared with coolers of food. I started looking for foods that would be filling and easily stored and came across this beautiful salad. It's fresh, filling and is perfect for picnic or beach settings. So to sum it up...its perfect for SUMMER!
A bunch of ladies in my neighborhood got together and made a cookbook of our favorite recipes and I was so excited to try some of them out! This one in particular. I've heard so many good things about masala and this dish lived up to my expectations. I made it a little a lot too spicy, but I like some kick to my food. But don't let the spicy-ness scare you...its EASY to tame that!
Every spring, my mother would whip up a rhubarb crisp so I'm somehow conditioned to want to do the same everytime I see rhubarb show up in the market. :) Fun fact on this crisp, though... my mom brought me rhubarb fresh from her garden all the way from Nebraska. I'm so spoiled and there's nothing better than garden fresh food. I really wish I would have the patience for my own garden, but I'm working on it. This year, we planted 8 plants (a mixture of tomatoes and zucchini). If they fair well, I'll consider growing my garden space next year. Until then, I'll support the local farmers. Someone has to do it, right? :) Anyways, this is a nice and sweet treat that tastes delicious and doesn't cost you too much in calories.
I have to admit a little secret right now... I LOVE Sweet Baby Ray's. Seriously, I could drink the stuff. I've yet to find a barbecue sauce that comes even remotely close to this heavenly stuff. Have I scared you off yet? I hope not because this barbecue pineapple chicken, made with our Sweet Baby Ray's, is amazing. Not only is it one of the easiest recipes I've ever tried, it is chuck full of flavor! Perfect to put over rice, or you could even made a shredded chicken sandwich out of it. My husband loved it and I know we will be making it many more times on those days we need a quick, easy recipe.
For nearly the entire summer, our dinners are made on the BBQ. We love spending our summer evenings outside, and dinner seems to be ready in a flash while the kids are happily playing in the yard. :) This is a random creation that we came up with last week, and it's now been declared a favorite. The flavor is sweet with a little kick (thanks to the red pepper) and it's lip-smacking delicious. Two thumbs up across the board, even from the kids.
One of my husband's friends is famous for making pistachio smoothies. We have them at almost every friend gathering, which is almost weekly :) Well this last week was nothing different. As they were making it we were waiting for them to add in ice cream (how else would it get the silky smooth texture?). Well it never came. After all the times we've drank this we just realized there is NO ice cream in it. None at all. My husband and baby love these so I decided I had to share! Happy smoothie making!!!