I know I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do. What can I say? It’s been hot, and I’ve been lazy. So I thought I’d make it up to you. I owe you at least a couple of summer salad posts (and they’re coming!). On deck is a fantastic Greek salad with a homemade Greek vinaigrette. But today – today is the post for my new favourite salad. This salad I’ll be making forever, taking it to get togethers, impressing people everywhere.
Mind blowing pasta salad! That’s how I think of this particular pasta salad. I say that because not only is it based on a luxurious cheese filled pasta, but it’s got all kinds of rich ingredients like grilled zucchini, kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. Finally, I dress it with a pesto vinaigrette.
Shrimp, butter, garlic, lemon. Up the ante with some fresh herbs and a baguette and you’ve got yourself a crazy killer snack or appetizer.
Really, these shrimp ain’t no joke.
These shrimp could make a full meal for you and a friend on a warm sunny day. Make a double batch and pair these shrimp with a crusty bread for sucking up the herb butter at the bottom of the platter and you’ve got a great casual appetizer for a crowd. Toss these butter shrimp in some pasta for a bit more formality, but be prepared – you’ll want to eat it right out of the pan.
Looking for a quick solution to a weeknight dinner that is healthy and that everyone will love? These Asian lettuce cups are a great option.
Asian lettuce cups are typically made with ground beef, and no veggies. For this recipe, I’ve swapped the ground beef for lean ground turkey, and I’ve added carrot, zucchini, and water chestnuts to up the nutrition (and the flavour).
Although leaner and healthier, everyone will love these lettuce cups, including your kids. Serve hot or cold in whatever lettuce you have on hand. Splash them with a little sriracha sauce for some extra heat.
French dip sandwiches.
Before meeting my husband, I’d never tried one. I can’t believe I just said that, but it’s true. I’d never had one. He would order them at most any restaurant that would serve them, and I just didn’t get it.
It’s just a sandwich. What’s the big deal?
Then I tried a bite of his one night at the pub. Yes, I’m one of those wives. I bug my husband for bites sometimes. He always obliges though – he’s pretty fantastic that way. Besides, I did it long before we got married, so he knew what he was getting into.
This is the version of the French dip that I came up with. When we tried these sandwiches, I was met with ‘mmms’ of approval.
These French dip (beef dip) sandwiches come together quickly and easily, and the recipe makes lots. Just throw it in your slow-cooker and forget about it.
There seems to be a new cooking rule fast developing in my house. If it’s good without dressing, it’s exponentially better WITH dressing. Yes, I may be addicted to the stuff.
This recipe is adapted from my friend Taimi’s recipe for slow cooker pork chops, which are amazing. I wanted to make something similar, in casserole form. This is what I came up with.
Hope you enjoy it!