vegetables and fruits are out in full force and the
eating couldn't be better. I can't
even begin to list all of the wonderful foods we have enjoyed lately -
there are just too many of them. But
with the summer heat upon us as well, I have learned to simplify in the
kitchen and eat more foods which require minimal cooking.
There's nothing worse than heating up the
house with my oven, while cooling the house with my air conditioning.
Salads to the rescue! In
our family, everyone has their favorite type of salad and their
favorite toppings and dressings. Luckily,
I don't have to be a short-order cook to accommodate everyone.
Many nights, I simply place all of the salad
toppings on the counter and have everyone file through with their bowl
of lettuce. Everyone gets to create
their own masterpiece, and there's no complaining or whining when it
comes time to eat. I am sometimes
amazed at the combinations my kids and my husband will select, but it's
wonderful to watch their creativity flow. I've
added some new salad recipes to the website, and you will find one of
each of our favorites below.
We all love bean salads and
this is one of our favorites. If you like things spicy, make
sure to add a fresh jalapeno or habanero pepper. My kids prefer more
mild dishes, so we will add the hot pepper sauce at the table. Click
here for Mexican Bean Salad recipe.
makes my mouth water even thinking about how great this
tastes. We like to vary the type of vegetables and the type of pasta we
use to keep things different.
This is such an easy salad and can be enjoyed warm or cold. Click
here for Easy Pasta Salad recipe.
My husband's favorite green is spinach
and this is one of his favorite salads. Somehow the
combination of flavors is just wonderful at pleasing the pallette and
satisfying both the sweet and salt cravings. The honey
roasted almonds add a very unique flavor that you won't want to
here for Spinach Salad with Strawberry and Almonds recipe.
This is my son's favorite salad this year.
I was used to potato salad
with a lot of mayonnaise, sweet relish and onions so this was a real
change for us - but we
all love it now. With the pressure
cooker, I can cook
the potatoes in less than 5 minutes without heating up my kitchen.
We normally aren't
left with any leftovers when I serve this salad. Click
here for Not Your Ordinary Potato Salad recipe.