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Easy Summer Meals

by Kelly Crawford

I love easy. I’m sure you do too! I thought I would share some meals we’ve been cookin’ up around here lately. I always like to get fresh ideas (or be reminded of some I’ve forgotten) so I hope you’ll share yours with me and the others too!


Berry Butter Toast

We altered a French Toast recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cookbook (one of our favorites!), which is delicious, to make it a bit easier in the mornings as our crew gets up in shifts and cooking isn’t as easy.

The day before: soften a stick of butter then add chopped fresh or frozen fruit (we like strawberries and blueberries). Combine and refrigerate.

Serve on toasted Skinny Bread (or whatever bread you prefer–bagels or English muffins would be good too) and pour Maple syrup over if desired. YUM!

Oatmeal cereal

I’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s so easy and healthy! The night before, mix together in a large bowl oats, plain yogurt, mashed bananas (this makes it sweet) and cut up fresh or frozen fruit then enough milk to make it just “soupy”. Refrigerate overnight and it’s ready to serve in the morning.


Favorite: Fresh fruit (Aldi makes it affordable!), cheese, crackers and nuts.

Grilled Bean and Cheese tortillas (with avocado).

Boiled Eggs, salad and pasta topped with cheese.

Tuna or chicken salad with apples and grapes with crackers or tortillas.



Photo: GetCrocked

Crock pot Asian Chicken

Place chicken thighs or breasts in a crock pot (cut into bites if thawed, or this can be done after they are partially cooked) and a cup of water or broth.

Cut up some chunks of fresh pineapple (or used canned) and some juice. Add a cup or so of brown sugar and some soy sauce. Sesame oil adds an authentic Asian flavor if you have some on hand. Sprinkle with pepper and let cook 4 or 5 hours. Serve with rice.

Summer Stir-fry

Photo: The Pioneer Woman

Another favorite from The Pioneer Woman Cookbook and can be easily varied using whatever you happen to have. Here’s our favorite:

Stir-fry some shrimp (or chicken) in olive oil or butter, in a skillet, then remove to another dish. Then stir-fry some fresh zucchini, sliced bell pepper, onion, whole-kernel corn and tomatoes (add these at the very end). Mix everything together, sprinkle some fresh basil and squeeze a half of lemon over all (this is the “secret”). Serve with your favorite pasta…a beautiful and delicious dish!


Guilt-Free, Raw Chocolate Bars

Melt coconut oil (several tablespoons) and dark chocolate over low heat. Add ground oats and ground almonds (or other nuts) and any other dried fruit/nuts you desire. Flax seed is a great, healthy addition as well. Pour into pan, refrigerate to harden, cut and serve. HEAVEN.


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Robin June 7, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Yummy! Those look very tasty, can’t wait to try them!! I wish I had an Aldi close, too:)

Hannah J June 8, 2013 - 3:51 pm

I love the asian chicken recipe and the fruit butter. How creative! I really need to try those out. I bet my husband would love them, and I’m sure my son will too when he’s older. He’s still a little baby at the moment.

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Kelly L June 10, 2013 - 11:20 am

I am definitely borrowing the chocolate bars. My hubby and daughter are chocolate freaks. This is much cheaper than the “good chocolate” they want. I love the idea of flax seeds in there. Have you done oat bran or anything else, or does that make it mealy?

Word Warrior June 10, 2013 - 3:53 pm

No, I haven’t tried bran but I think I’ve put in chia seed. You could probably add just about anything and just adjust the amount of coconut to keep it from being too thick/mealy.

KTHunter June 11, 2013 - 10:46 am

Oooooh, that berry butter sounds so very good.

Word Warrior June 11, 2013 - 10:56 am

KT…it is SOOO good…a new favorite of mine. On pancakes, bread, bagels–good on everything.

KTHunter June 14, 2013 - 6:32 am

Tried it with some blueberries and made many yum-yum noises. Delicious! Thanks so much! I will have to try it with strawberries or blackberries next.


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