summertime, and the eating is good. lots of dinners at the pool and hanging outside after dinner in the early evening dusk. love this time of year…
Dinner at the Pool
Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
notes: this was hands-down my favorite recipe of the week. I made my own buttermilk with whole milk and a Tbsp of lemon juice. Left off buffalo sauce on some of the chicken, for the little kids. Went with gorgonzola instead of blue cheese (just a taste preference). The Greek Yogurt Ranch w/ the cheese mixed in is a MUST. We served on TJ’s mini slider buns for the kids, topped with a few leaves of arugula. James and I had it bun-less and it was just as amazing. This is one I’ll be making all summer long.
On the Side :
Homemade Oven Fries : sliced up russet potatoes, tossed with olive oil, s+p, baked at 425 for 30+ minutes.
Blackberry Arugula Salad w/ Citrus Vinaigrette
notes: this salad was such a great accompaniment to the chicken sandwiches. Some sweet tangy to the spicy. Used orange juice for the dressing.
notes: Love this recipe for a quick easy taco tuesday. I skip the whole crisping tortillas part, and like to add black beans to make the meat go further.
On the Side : Chips + Guac, Oven Roasted Corn
Teriyaki Pork Bowls w/ Coconut Rice + Lime Slaw
notes: I used a pork loin for this, and honestly wish I had gone with the shoulder or butt roast she recommends. The pork was a little dry, even with the teriyaki sauce. I also halved the brown sugar, and wish I had gone with the 1/2 cup. Overall, I was a little underwhelmed with this recipe. The combination of ingredients seemed like such a win, but it was less flavorful than I would have liked. Will probably try again, but doctor it up next time…
Date Night : Madelyn made One Pot Pesto Chicken Tortellini + Vegetables
notes: this was a hit with the kids and Madelyn was able to pull it together pretty easily. Win.
Homemade Pizza for Kids
Grilled Lemon Herb Mediterranean Salad for Adults
notes: the marinade for the chicken was great. I ended up going with a balsamic dressing instead of the reserved marinade. Love the fresh flavors here, and it was a very satisfying dinner salad.
Dinner at the Pool