August 19, 2016

Light & Easy Summer Bites and a Tasty Giveaway

There's a list of things I can't eat in the hot Summer months. When the heat kicks in I like to keep it light. Since we are usually on the go so much, making easy meals is a must. Summer may seem as if it's winding down but this year has been a H O T one so I thought it would be good to put together a light and easy Summer bites.

summer recipes

I saw this Panzanella Salad from Kenzie at Simply J&K and my mouth was instantly drooling so I made it myself, but just a little differently.

You will need:
3 large tomatoes
1/2 red onion
1 package mozzarella cheese- I actually cut up 4 cheese sticks
8 basil leaves
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper
Italian bread on the side

To make:
Chop tomatoes, onion, basil, and mozzarella cheese
Combine in a large bowl and drizzle olive oil on top
Add salt and pepper and toss salad
Enjoy with bread, some like to add it in chunks to the salad. I enjoyed mine on top of small pieces of bread, eating it like a bruschetta. I also ate it by itself as a side dish with some chicken for lunch.

While I don't highly recommend eating pasta salad for every meal, I could definitely do it with this one. My loaded pizza pasta salad is a repeat hit at summer BBQ's and is so easy to throw together. If you're looking for a last minute dish to make for a get together this season, this is the one you want to bring.

pinterest summer recipes

I was scrolling through Instagram recently, hungry...of course, when I saw Christine's mac & cheese that instantly had me drooling. Over at Christine Everyday she shares an easy recipe of the best homemade macaroni and cheese recipe... I can't wait to try it. I mean who doesn't love this classic dish?

mac and cheese recipes
picture via Christine Everyday

While they may not be the healthiest option, they include chocolate and zucchini-- so they're a win in my book. My Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins were on the blog last week, and if you missed it here's what you need to have to make them, right now. I can't get over how good they are, nice and moist and full of chocolate deliciousness.

chocolate baking recipes

I love lettuce wraps...I first got hooked on the PF Chang ones, don't tell me I'm not alone. I saw Caitlin from Southern Curls & Pearls shared her healthy chicken salad lettuce wrap recipe I immediately saved it. It's a great lunch option and can be prepped easily...because if you're like me you're making dinner and lunches for the week at the same time.

pinterest chicken recipes
image via Southern Curls & Pearls
And last but not least, while it may not be a meal...we all can use some caffeine to kickstart some things...especially during these busy Summer days. My homemade iced coffee is killer, and it's a necessity this time of the year. 

iced coffee recipes

To make the rest of Summer even easier, I'm giving away F O U R different Blue Apron Gift Cards- two separate winners will receive a $25 Blue Apron Gift Card and two more winners will receive a  $30 Blue Apron Gift Card. There will be four winners total, each winning one gift card. The giveaway will run through 8/26...Good Luck!!

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*  $25 Gift Card offer ends 9/15/16. $30 Gift Cards offer ends 10/30/16.  Valid for new meal plan subscriptions only. Paid subscription and credit card required to redeem. Limit one redemption per household. Not valid with offers or purchase of a gift card. Not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Delivery restrictions may apply. See Rafflecopter terms for further details*

What's your favorite easy dish to make in the Summer?
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