Friday, May 8, 2015

14 Favorite Summer Recipes

Tomorrow is the day. Our 25k. The forecast looks rather bleak. The temps are supposed to start in the 60s, and move up from there. Which is really good actually. Perfect running temps. The bleak is that there is an 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms. That is not terribly awesome. But, we'll press on. And maybe we'll even be thankful for the rain in the midst of the race...

My running route yesterday took me past part of the race course. It made me feel all the feels. Which is not pretty. If I don't tamp it down, I start to get a little weepy and borderline hyperventilating. Did I mention I'm nervous? My cold last week meant that I didn't run the miles I wanted to. I missed one 7 mile run completely, and two of my 6 mile runs were shortened to 4 miles. Plus my 11 mile run on Saturday ended up only being 8. But, I did run 16 miles two weeks ago, so I know I can run the distance again. It just isn't going to be easy. But, then, it never is.

We've had a couple days this week with temperatures in the 80s. It feels so summery. I love it. Windows are open. I scrubbed off our picnic table so we can start eating out there again. Summer is almost here!

Well, technically it isn't. But, then again, summer break is almost here! One more week of school! That needs shouted from the house tops!

I am so very excited about summer break. I am looking forward to my bike rides and to a lazier schedule and to time spent outside whipping my yard and gardens into shape.

Since summer is eminent, though maybe not for a while, I thought I would share photos and links to some of our favorite summer recipes. The captions are links.
BBQ Chicken Pizza on the Grill
Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa (dairy-free)
Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps (gluten-free, dairy-free)
6 Ingredient Grilled Chicken Tacos (can be gluten-free)
Chicken and Strawberry Spinach Salad (gluten-free, dairy-free)
Caprese Sausages
Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers and Guacamole
Pulled Pork Sandwiches 
Roasted Corn Black Bean Salad (gluten-free, dairy-free)
Merlot Burgers
Broccoli Salad
BBQ Bacon Wrapped Hotdogs (gluten-free, dairy-free)
Sweet Potato Nachos (gluten-free)
Panzanella Salad
Hopefully these recipes will get your wheels turning and inspire you to get cooking. I love how colorful and rather healthy most of the recipes look.

If you are still wanting some help for your summer menu planning, you can subscribe to a She Plans Dinner menu plan. There is a bogo sale happening this weekend for Mother's Day. Now through Sunday, when you sign up for any subscription, I will send you a coupon so you can get a comparable subscription for free. This would be perfect to use as a gift for a wedding shower or for your Mom for Mother's Day. (Buy now here!)

Anyway, have a magnificent weekend, and I will see you on Monday!