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Summer Cooking & Recipe Help

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Hello SP friends & Happy Hump Day!

OK, so I'm on a mission this morning. I'm looking for summertime recipes. There are two reasons for this, which are necessary to share, so that maybe you offer a suggestion.

1) NO OVEN! We live on the 3rd floor, so we already heat up well in the summer and run the air constantly. Adding the oven into that mix just doesn't work well.

2) Late meals. For those of you that know me, you know we LIVE at the pool in the summer. The pool doesn't close until 8, so we generally don't eat until 8:30.

3) I eat clean. Now this can mean something different to many people, something I've noticed here on SP. For me, this means nothing processed, nothing with sugar, and only lean meats. Here is what my dinner can consist of:
*1 serving protein
*1 cup veggies
*1 cup salad OR mixed, raw veggies
*1 serving starch (1/2 cup)
*2 Tbsp salad dressing
*Up to 1/2 cup condiments, if desired
*1 serving fat

So I'm looking to not use the oven, and I'm looking for something that maybe I can prepare ahead of time, so that when we get home we can change clothes & eat.
I do have a crock pot, so that is definitely an option.
Now we don't stay at the pool until 8 absolutely every night, but close to it, LOL! Some nights hubby will come home and grill quick (having everything ready before we leave for the pool in the afternoon), but not every night.

I did find one earlier this morning that might work, though may need some minor tweaking
- Asparagus, Red Pepper, and Potato Frittata...
2 cups (16 ounces) AllWhites®
1/2 cup light ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups Simply Potatoes® Shredded Hash Browns
1/2 pound fresh asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

So if you have any ideas for me, please share. Kim, I have the feeling you have some ideas :) Maybe Cori too?

Thanks everyone!!
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  • GAMMY98
    When we go camping which isn't nearly enough Jake will through whatever is handy in foil and through it on the grill till it is done. Veggies, and meat together they always come out good. You know Jake what ever he has that sounds good to him.
    2205 days ago
    Join the BBQ team I'm on...the team was inactive so I asked to be the leader. I'm hoping to get that and we can all start sharing recipes. I know there are a ton of crockpot meals out there...they might not fit into your clean eating but if could be something you can fix into the clean ways. emoticon
    2205 days ago
    I'm a big fan of veggie-filled summer salads. Choose a grain like whole wheat couscous (preps as easily as the refined stuff), brown rice, and quinoa; beans or lentils; chopped veg of choice; and dress and season to your heart's content. I like to mix and match based on what type of ethnic food I'm in the mood for. Our crockpot gets a lot of use doing purée soups, made super easy with an immersion blender.
    2206 days ago
    Since my DH and me work late almost everyday, We tend to cook mostly on the weekend. We also live on salads most of the time. I buy washed and ready to assemble vegetables (spinach, salad greens, arugula etc). We use rice cooker for rice which will take 45 min for brown rice (for me) and 15 for white rice (for him). I also use my slow cooker for soups and beans. salads and sandwiches will be a good idea on those hot days.
    Enjoy the pool

    2206 days ago
    We also never use the oven all summer (I'm beyond frugal and won't even turn on the AC until its over 90 outside)

    We eat LOTS of salads - for added protein, I'll add a boiled egg or some chicken (I buy the rotissouri chickens and shred it and freeze to use for easy/quick meals)

    Another tip if you have a dishwasher... put it to use :) Wrap some salmon/tilapia/swai ect in some aluminum foil (wrap it good) Before wrapping, add your seasonings/spices (and butter if you use that - I don't, but some people do) then put it in the top shelf of the dishwasher - go ahead and put in your dirty dishes... turn on the dishwasher using the "normal" cycle with heat dry on... when dishwasher is done, you'll have clean dishes to pull out and serve your fish on :) Yes, you still use dishwasher soap - since your fish is wrapped well, no soap will get in.

    Easy dinner, little prep, no oven on - and you gotta turn on the dishwasher anyway :) (although unless I'm using the dishwasher to cook, I don't use the heat dry option - but this is an expection)

    2206 days ago
    I tend to buy a lot of beef chuck shoulder roast because the price is perfect but the size is exceptionally small. So I have to really improvise with my meals when cooking beef to make it stretch and fill everyone up (family four). I usually cook chicken all week and beef once a week and on weekends. With that being noted, here are my beef recipes (in categories).

    ~Beef shoulder roast~

    Peppered beef tips and rice
    Throw the shoulder roast (frozen or thawed) in the crockpot. Add 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce, pepper, salt and garlic to taste. Add 2 cups of water (enough for the roast to be half covered). Let slow cook. Check it a few hours later and cut into small chunks, throw back in crockpot. let cook a few more hours. One hour before done, add 2 cups of rice to the crockpot and add more water (if needed) to cover rice. Allow to cook for one more hour. Use fork to fluff rice and then serve.

    Meat and gravy (Carne Guisada)
    Throw the shoulder roast in the crockpot with 3 cups of water, onion, salt and pepper and allow to slow cook all day long (6 hours or more). Shred the meat with a fork. In a cup, mix 1/2 cup corn starch with 1 cup of water. Mix well and throw in the crockpot to make the gravy. It should get gravy like in seconds but if not...add a little more corn starch and water (same as before). I used to make the gravy with flour but it has way too much calories for me and the corn starch works just as good. Serve over brown rice, toast or sliced tomatoes!

    My favorite because it is so easy. Throw the shoulder roast and any vegetable you want in there. Add salt, pepper, seasonings and cook all day long!

    ~Ground beef or ground chuck~

    Clean and rinse 4 to 5 cups of pinto beans. Add to crockpot and fill with water (generally covering the bean). Add paprika, tomato, onion, chili powder and ground chuck beef or ground turkey! Slow cook all day long and serve with crackers or toast!


    nto Beans
    I love putting beans in the crockpot and letting them cook all night. I then store them in the fridge and make quick tacos or chalupas with them! I add bacon to mine so they taste good!

    The pool over there looks so inviting! I may have to come down there to take a swim this summer :0)

    2206 days ago
    Ooops forgot to mention...there are thousands and thousands of crockpot recipes online...just google for some new ideas.

    Happy summer cooking!

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    2207 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/9/2012 12:48:20 PM
    The crock pot is my life saver in the summer. We also grill too. Salads are a staple...fruit, pasta or green.
    2207 days ago
    I wouldn't know what do do without my crockpot! I have some very interesting recipes but I have to admit that when I get up in the mornings and throw dinner in the's a special recipe everytime and always different and unfortunately, I don't write them down! I have always enjoyed cooking but here are a few that we really enjoy...they are simple basic starts and you can add or take away as you like. I love chicken because it's cheap and and healthy!

    Chicken (you can use chicken quarters, legs, thighs, wings or breast for any of these....mix and match):

    Honey chicken
    Place chicken in the crockpot with a cup of water. Add one cup of honey to the mixture. Add a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce, a dash of pepper, salt and garlic and allow to slow cook! This one works best with chicken thighs in my opinion. The thighs take the honey flavor the best!

    Pineapple chicken
    Place chicken in the crockpot. Cut a fresh pineapple into chunks and throw them in the crockpot on top of the chicken. Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to crock pot bottom and brush the chicken with a little olive oil for crispy skin. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Allow to slow cook. These work well with chicken breast and thighs.

    Spicy chicken legs
    Throw chicken legs in the crockpot and add one cup of water. Add two tablespoons of crushed pepper, one teaspoon of paprika, 1/4 cup of hot sauce (if you don't like hot, then don't add this, if you love hot, then add Tabasco). A dash of salt, pepper and garlic and allow to slow cook!

    Crunchy Lemon chicken
    Throw chicken in crockpot. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 3 teaspoons of honey. Brush the top of the chicken lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Get any cereal you have and smash it up. Sprinkle the cereal over the top of the chicken and add salt, pepper and garlic to taste. Allow to slow cook! Chicken breast or quarters work well for this.

    Bar-b-que chicken
    Throw the chicken in the crockpot. Add a cup of your favorite bar-b-que sauce and salt and pepper to taste. You can even add onions and sausage to this mix. Allow to slow cook! Leg quarters are my fav with this meal.

    Italian marinara chicken
    Throw the chicken in the crockpot and add 1/2 cup of water. Use a canned spaghetti sauce for this one and throw it on top of the chicken. If you want to make your own sauce, boil 4 tomatoes, water and a can of tomato sauce for 20 minutes. Add spices and then add to crock pot. Allow to slow cook! Chicken breast or wings work well with this meal.

    Rice, pasta, toast or a salad make a great fast side for any of these recipes.

    I will come back later after I exercise and add my beef recipes!

    2207 days ago

    Think about it.
    I am off to an appointmnet will catch you later Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    2207 days ago
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