We are back in town again after our trip to the beach, feeling a little more rested and definitely ready to get back into our routine! With the 4th coming up quickly, I though I would share a few of my summer friendly recipes. Many of them are perfect for taking to share with others.
Mexican Quinoa Salad: A cumin and garlic vinaigrette dressing coats fluffy quinoa, sweet corn, and dark spinach for a lovely and refreshing cold salad. A family favorite.
Basil Potato Salad: Instead of a rich mayo dressing, this simple potato salad is dressed with a vinaigrette while still warm so that the dressing permeates the potatoes. Simple, but delicious.
Sweet and Sour Ribs: Sticky, sweet, and sour, these delicious ribs are crowd friendly.
Cucumber and Red Onion Salad:This salad is very refreshing. We’ve gone through gobs of cucumbers using this recipe!
Savory Carrot Salad: An alternative to the sweet carrot salad recipes out there, this recipe balances the sweetness of the carrots with a savory dressing. Another family favorite as well as a blog favorite among readers.
Lemon Bacon Deviled Eggs: A savory, fluffy egg yolk mixture tops hard boiled egg whites for a delicious treat. This simple recipe would make a great addition for a picnic! It uses bacon mayonnaise which is easy to make, delicious, and frugal too. The lemon juice helps cut the richness of the egg yolks and the mayo and adds a bright note, and the horseradish mustard gives a bit of a bite. Yum!
Fruit Juice Gelatin: It’s the perfect time of year to make fruit juice gelatins! They are a very refreshing alternative to Jello and completely naturally sweetened. Kids and adults around here love them!
Grilled Corn: If you are firing up the grill, why not grill some corn for an absolutely delicious treat!
Persian Watermelon Salad: Scoops of watermelon are sprinkled with chopped dates and pistachios. With each bite you get sweet watermelon, chewy candy- like-dates and crunchy pistachios with a hint of the exotic which comes from rosewater. The rosewater is dominant, yet subtle. Teasing and suggestive, it brings out the flavor of the watermelon without overwhelming it. A perfect match.
Lemon Curd Bars: Perfect for the grain free crowd, these sweet treats are a fun, protein filled, refreshing treat for a hot day.
Black Bean and Pineapple Salsa: A fun new way to do salsa! Serve with GMO-free corn chips for a fun snack.
Red White and Blue Cupcakes: Coconut flour is the white, and berries make the red and blue in these delicious cupcakes. Some have had success making this into a cake too!
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I am following your directions for grilled corn exactly! Thank you so much – you are a great resource for those of us who cannot eat sugar (and for others who have other food issues, as well!). I have referenced you already on my week-old blog!
Michele in Salem
Your mexican quinoa salad was all ready at the top of my list to take to a party tomorrow… we love it, and it’s great made ahead of time! I think I may try the cupcakes too. Happy Fourth!!
We LOVE the cucumber and red onion salad. I had bookmarked the recipe in my files to use again and again each summer. Every time I make it, I have to share the link b/c others love it too! Thanks for sharing!
Those lemon curd bars LOOK amazing! I want to make asap.
Oh those all sound great!
Kimi I am soooo sorry about the loss of your beautiful MIL. We’ll be thinking of your whole family during this time. What a legacy she left. Would have emailed this instead of a comment but couldn’t find your email address easily on the site.
(i would have emailed this to you, as well, but again didn’t see an address.)
i just saw above about Sono. she was so radiant & kind in my brief encounter with me– she came up to me at NCFCA nationals, gave a sweet compliment to me, a stranger, & just started talking with me. i will be praying for you all & everyone touched by her life.
i stumbled across your blog through some other food blogs & was so surprised to see your name. i stayed with your “group” back in 2006 at new attitude and so appreciated your including me even though you hadn’t even met me before (it was arranged through alex & brett, friends of mine through NCFCA).
i prayed for faith before & after her birth so, so very much. i have a mix cd i’ve listened to while driving lately, and it has “i will glory in my redeemer” & “oh wondrous love” on it. those songs have always made me think of her, every time i hear them, & i still think of your family and pray for you often.
do take care.
* in my brief encounter with her
Like Sarah I looked for a place to contact you directly but couldn’t find one. As I posted on my facebook, we cut our homeschooling teeth on Gregg and Sono’s teachings and then read all of Josh’s books on dating and now I LOVE your blog. I feel connected to your family in several ways and am praying for you all. I pray God’s peace upon all of you during this time.
Thanks, it’s always a challenge to feed my family during the summertime! 🙂