Summer continues to keep me busy! I always think there is no way that I could get busier, and then it happens! But, I am still managing to try some new recipes in the Whole Foods Cookbook! And these recipes are great for summer meals! Remember, if you want any recipes, let me know, and I will be happy to post them for you! At the present time I am working on Round #10! Which means I have made around 70-80 recipes!! That’s a lot of healthy eating!
The first recipe is Chilled Lingiune with Gorgonzola and Basil. I had Abby and her family come over to help eat this dish. Eric was kind of overcome with the Gorgonzola. It is a very pungent ripe Italian blue cheese. It is sweetened in this recipe by balsamic vinegar and cooked linguine. Along with these ingredients spinach and toasted walnuts and various spices. Abby and I both gave it a 10. I think the Gorgonzola probably dropped the rating for Eric quite a bit. The boys thought it was ok and gave it about an 8. I think that is pretty considering the strong cheese in this recipe.
My next recipe was the yummiest in this round! Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake with Dried Blueberries. Abby fixed this recipe for me while I cooked the linguine recipe. Thanks, Sis! Love cooking with ya’! And it turned out yummy! Of course, again, it is dessert, so it gets a 10+!
I really, really liked the next recipe! And so did the boys!! Yeah! Santa Fe Vegetable Wraps! Getting more great veggies down the boys and they are happy! On top of a tortilla (flavor of your choice) you spread cream cheese. Then on top of the cheese you lay a lettuce leaf and then proceed to layer: Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, avocado, red onion (left that off Garry’s, of course), jicama (new veggie for us), fresh corn kernel, black beans. This was SO good that we had it again for lunch the following day! Jicama, not pronounced like it looks! Getting the pronunciation down with these new foods is one of the most challenging parts of the recipes! I have to go to the folks at Whole Foods and try to pronounce them, so that they can help me find them. And I never get it right. They always have to correct me. But jicama is pronounced (hi’-ca-ma). It is a Mexican potato that tastes like a combination of apple, potato and water chestnuts! It is very good and really made the wraps taste great. All of us gave this wrap a 10!
The last recipe was one of my favorites as well. It has another LONG name: Orzo & Feta with Lemon-Caper Dressing & Kalamata Olives. Kalamata olives just keep showing up in these recipes, much to the dismay of all the guys. I really like them, so I am not complaining, but the guys do take them out! This is a Mediterranean dish that makes a great side dish. Some of the ingredients are orzo, parsley, lemon juice, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. I gave it a 10 and the boys gave it around a 9! There was so much left over, I gave the rest of it to Abby and her family and she said they really liked it and ate it all in one sitting!
Even though I am so busy right now, I am still enjoying taking the time to cook well for my family! I am realizing that it is something as a mom I should have been doing all along instead of letting them eat food regularly that I know is not all that good for them. It has made me think through priorities and realize that this is one of those duties as a mom I need to continue to take the time for! It really gives me satisfaction watching them eat healthy!!
Until the next recipe…