Thursday, June 15, 2023

Some Summer Yum

 Happy Thursday everyone!!!  Today I am just going to give a couple summery recipes.  Many don't do meat and many just like the fresh ingredients.  Hopefully these give a couple ideas to all.  I have done one of them, and the other I will sure be trying.  I am sorry no pictures of the food!

No food pics - but who doesn't need to see a baby peacock to make them smile?  Aaaahhhhh.  SMILE

2 unpeeled apples - sliced
1 - 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 C - seedless grapes - halved
Zest of 1 lemon
1 C vanilla reduced fat yogurt
1 Tbsp. chopped pecans
Mix all fruit and yogurt together and top with the pecans.  Chill until serving.
Heck, you can add whatever fruit or nuts you have.  Even a flavored yogurt would be fun.  Have fun and ENJOY a healthy dessert or snack!!!!

1 - 10 oz. pack frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 C shredded carrots
1 C Ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese)
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp. butter - melted
1/4 C all purpose flour
2 C milk
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
6 lasagna noodles - cooked
2 C shredded mozzarella cheese

Mix first 5 ingredients together.  Mix together butter and flour in a separate bowl.  Whisk in milk.  Microwave for about 5 minutes until thickened.  Stir in tomato paste and seasonings.  Spread 1/2 C of tomato mixture over the bottom of a 9 x 9 microwavable pan, top with 2 of the noodles - cut to fit pan. Top with a third of the spinach mixture and then 1/3 of mozzarella cheese.  Repeat until all ingredients have been used.  
Cover with wax paper and microwave on High for 10-13 minutes until heated through.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.  Let stand, loosely covered for about 10 minutes.
This is a no heat the oven and no meat version!!!!!!
I think it sounds good and I plan on trying this one.
I suppose you could use the oven - just watch closely so as not to burn.

There you go.  A couple summer treats to try.  It is always nice to have a new recipe in the arsenal of yummies!!!!!!
You have any simple fun and yummy summer dishes?


He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.
Proverbs 10:9


  1. Those recipes DO sound yummy, Cheryl. Thanks! About 10 years ago (when I got a case of dry tortellini for a super low price), I came up with some summertime tortellini salad recipes. All use just cheese tortellini boiled, rinsed and mixed with other ingredients + salad dressing.

    Italian Style Tortellini Salad: to the cooked and rinsed tortellini, add halved cherry or grape tomatoes, canned artichoke hearts, canned (drained) sliced black olives, 1/2 cup sliced celery, 4 oz. cubed mozzarella cheese, freshly chopped basil to taste and about 1/4 c. of your favorite vinaigrette. Chill for at least an hour before serving. Lasts in the fridge for several days. Serve over fresh greens. Arugula is best.

    Ranch Style Tortellini Salad: to the cooked, rinsed tortellini, add 1 c. frozen, thawed peas, freshly chopped broccoli florets, 1 shredded carrot, some chopped spring onion and sliced celery and any other veggies you might like. Add your favorite Ranch Dressing and toss. Some like it creamier, some like it drier, so add enough dressing for your taste. Top with chopped or sliced hard boiled eggs and freshly ground black pepper to taste. This salad needs to be eaten in a day or two. If you'd like (my guys always did) serve over thinly chopped lettuce with bacon bits and croutons for sprinkling on.

    Fruit & Tortellini Salad: [this tastes great, I promise] to the cooked, drained tortellini, add 1 cup each fresh strawberries, blueberries, and halved, seedless red grapes, 1 (drained) can of mandarin oranges or segments of 2 seedless Cuties. I've also used canned pineapple chunks. For your dressing, mix together 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt, 1 t. lemon juice, 2 T. honey, 1/2 t. of poppy seeds and splash of OJ or lemonade to thin a bit if necessary; whisk well, pour over your salad and toss gently to combine. Again, this will only be good for a day or two in the fridge.

    Classic BLT Tortellini Salad: to the cooked, drained tortellini, add chopped tomatoes, leaf lettuce, a little spring onion (if desired) and cooked, drained bacon broken into pieces. Toss in Miracle Whip type creamy salad dressing (or Mayo if you prefer) and top with freshly ground pepper.


    1. Note to those who must avoid Gluten: I'm thinking you could substitute any good sized GF pasta, such as GF Penne, Ziti, etc. I haven't tried it, but should work? --Elise

    2. Wanita, please let me know how it turns out. My big Sis had to go GF a few years ago and summertime get togethers can be difficult for her (BBQs, etc.). I keep trying to come up with things that work for her--and everyone else can enjoy--keeping GF in mind. By the way, I did discover that Cheerios can replace Graham crackers for the crust of no bake pies. Add sugar and melted butter for the best taste. --Elise

    3. Oh my goodness, they all sound wonderful. Thank you so much. I love pasta salads of all kinds and these sound like they will fill the bill!!!!! Thank you.

  2. We pray for the perverted to be found out! They certainly will be someday!

    You and Miss Elise both list some yummy summer dishes. Although the Farmer and I could eat chili year round. ha!

    Beautiful out today. Doing laundry and pegging things on the line. Have some Shasta daisies to plant and found a perennial babies' breath. Had one years ago and it finally died. And of course, always weeding. All part of the curse...thanks a lot Eve!

    Having a cabbage skillet today with a side of turnips and turnip greens. We watched Kaleb Wyse on YouTube make a strawberry rhubarb crumple so the Farmer wants to make that today. Easier than making a pie...

    Enjoy your day!

    1. Yes mam - the perverted will be found out and will answer!
      It is so lovely today. Airing the house at the moment - walked across the street to meet a new neighbor and go to her yard sale!
      Your cabbage sounds so tasty. Mmmmmm the crumble!!!!!

  3. How about some carnival food?

    Funnel Cakes
    1 beaten egg
    2/3 cup milk
    1 1/4 cups flour
    2 Tablespoons sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    Preheat 2" of oil in a deep skillet to 375°.
    Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Pour the batter into a funnel, holding your finger over the opening, remove finger and let batter flow into oil, moving funnel in a circular motion to make a lacy pattern in the oil. Alternately, you can pour batter from a measuring cup with a spout. Cook for about 2 minutes, flip and cook another 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels and top with powdered sugar or favorite toppings. Makes about a dozen 6" cakes.

    1. Fun, fun, fun!!!!! My nephew adores those. I bought them a kit for Christmas - I will pass this on to them as well. Can't get much easier! Thanks!

    2. Thanks for this recipe Bobi, I’m going to try this over the weekend. They sound delicious.

  4. Oh, yes... do you like Black Bean and Corn salad? I did this using grilled corn on the cob and it was a hit. Here's a link for those interested:

    1. I love grilled corn in any salad!

    2. Year round I'll make it from the pantry: frozen corn, fresh black beans and my canned salsa from the garden. If we want something hot? Add cooked rice and cheese and bake in the oven.

  5. Debby in Kansas USAJune 15, 2023 at 11:52 AM

    I'm sure glad I have a good lunch today. You guys are making me hungry!! I have some pork tenderloin, onion potatoes, and broccoli.
    Tonight I'll have a smoothie while hubs has his leftovers. I sleep better on a lightly fed tummy.

    Elise, I make a similar salad. I mean, what can go wrong by adding bacon lol?! I also make a BLT salad that has a delicious red wine\mayo dressing.

    Bobi, I have never had a funnel cake! I don't think I've ever even seen one except in a picture. I think that the last time I went to a real fair was when I was in college. I never let myself eat anything fattening....I was afraid I'd look like I do now lolol. I was almost 40 when I tasted kettle corn.

    Yesterday's rain amounted to an inch. Yippee! The temp is supposed to start climbing so next week looks to be a salad week. Taco salad, BLT salad, Chinese chicken salad, Chef salad, and Chicken Caesar salad.

    I have a friend coming over tomorrow for lunch and I'm prepping a little Americana craft for us to make. Paper pinwheels with bottle cap centers.

    Til Sunday!

    1. Debby, would you mind sharing the recipe for your BLT salad? And YES... bacon is a very good thing on or in many salads, which is why I stocked up during winter sales. LOL! Your meal plan sounds delicious!

      Like you, I've never had funnel cakes. I wonder if they taste a little like Sopapillas? --Elise

    2. Never had funnel cakes girls????? Where have you been? Oh my gosh, they are the best thing ever! It is a staple here at the fairs - that and lemon shake ups!!!!!!
      YAY on rain Debby!!!!!!!
      Anything with bacon is good! You could put it on an old shoe and it would probably taste good! LOL! LOVE bacon!

    3. Cheryl, I think I've only been to 2 fairs in my lifetime. It's on my bucket list here. I've added funnel cake now, too.
      :-D --Elise

  6. Debby in Kansas USAJune 15, 2023 at 11:58 AM

    Oh, and how can I not have commented on that pea-baby!!!? That is the cutest little thing. I want one, but he has to stay little lol. They're noisy adults!!

    1. Pea-chicks are actually very plain and brown. In real life. We watch a lot of Doctor Pol. LOL! --Elise

  7. Oh my goodness, that photo of the peacock baby is so adorable...Looks like a story book picture!

    Oh thank you for the recipes! Sweet of you to take time to share too. If anyone is allergic to dairy, I use soft tofu for ricotta. I just add garlic powder and basil and a drop of stevia. Our daughter is using xylitol these days too, but don't let the pets have xylitol. I'm sure you could use any texture tofu, just drain and smush it up well. I use gf lasagna noodles for lasagna, several different formulas! : ) I'm going to have to try that lasagna soon, there is also plant based parma too and mozarella... I use brown rice flour for wheat flour too. Anyhoo, the bones of the recipe sound so good! Gotta try that! Thanks again!

    Great scripture...Yes, "Your sin will find you out".

    Great entry and great group of gals here, I'm noticing that there is no crass talk at all. What a blessing!

    Hugs! ~Amelia

    1. I hope you smiled!!!!!!
      I figured you would be one to like the recipes. There are just so many substitutions that can be made for dietary restrictions. I love that about recipes - it is just whatever works! Good suggestions!
      This group is the best!!!!!!!

    2. Yes, I definitely smiled! : )

      On recipes? I've once heard them called, "suggestions" lol

  8. I am not a big fan of spinach... I am going to think about what could be subbed.

    God bless.

    1. You could probably use about ay veggie you like. It is pretty forgiving recipe, I would think.
      Let us know!

  9. Thanks so much for these recipes. I often go to events that have "dish to pass" or "dinner on the ground" and some of these would be great!

    Yes, on sin finding you out. I hope the people doing bad things to children get what's coming to them. :(

    1. You are welcome! Hope you enjoy.
      Yep, there are just some people that are deplorable! God knows.

  10. AI created that picture of the baby peacock. It is really cute but fake.
    Scroll down to see the picture.

    1. Yes. But if it made someone smile - that is all that is important.

  11. Husband had a TIA (mini-stroke) yesterday and is in the hospital. We'll know more when they do a MRI and additional testing today. Prayers requested.
    --Frances in the Trailer Park

    1. Oh Frances, I will be praying for your hubby. Prayers for complete healing. Please keep us informed!
      Father in heaven please lay Your healing hands upon Frances's husband and love. Amen

    2. Praying, Frances! --Elise

    3. Frances, praying for your husband.

    4. Frances, prayers for both you and your husband, hoping you can bring him home soon. Louise.

    5. The MRI revealed that Husband had a stroke (not just a TIA) in the speech and language region of the brain. He came home from the hospital late Friday afternoon and seems to be somewhat better. We're both exhausted and emotionally spent. You have no idea how much your prayers have helped both of us. We are praying for all of you, too.

    6. Frances, thank you for the update. You both remain in our prayers. Get some rest if you can. (((Hug))) --Elise

    7. I will also be praying for you and your husband, Frances.

    8. I've been praying, Frances, so very glad to hear things are better. Thank God. I had commented but put the comment in the wrong area. I pray you can rest and be encouraged, the both of you.

    9. Frances - so happy to hear things are some better and that he is home. Slow and steady - you both have this. Hoping they got the blood pressure thing figured out!
      I am continuing to pray!!!!!!

    10. Frances, praying for you and your Husband.

  12. I will pray for your husband, Frances. He is able.

  13. I do enjoy a fruit salad - I tend to add whatever I have in the fridge so it isn't the same every time. I'm not a fan of plain yogurt, so I use vanilla yogurt.
    While my son doesn't care for pasta salads, I often make them to use over a few days for myself. Elise provided some wonderful options.

    1. I am the same way - use what is on hand - so different every time. I am a huge fan of pasta salad. It is the same way - I use what I have.

    2. Last night I made what turned out to be a big bowl of Arby's style chicken salad using leftover chicken thighs (Arby's uses chicken breast), because I had apples, grapes, pecans and celery on hand. That's the nice thing about storing ingredients rather than just convenience. And if you had some pasta in your pantry, you could add that, too, for cold salad whole meals. Or use canned chicken breast. I.e. homemade convenience: prepare once, eat for a few days. I'm kind of lazy that way. --Elise

  14. Thank you for posting this topic, Cheryl. So many good ideas here.
    BTW, gluten free pasta will work in any recipe that requires pasta. I was using Joya or Tinkada because they're corn free as well, but since Wegman's came out with their own brand and it's way less expensive I'm now using that. Same ingredients in it, just rice and water. It's very authentic tasting.
    The only oven I use these days for just the two of us is my airfryer oven. It doesn't heat up the kitchen and the food comes out great. Favorite no cooking meals are Vietnamese summer rolls, aka fresh spring rolls, salads with any leftovers from the freezer with fruit and nuts added. We like the zucchini pie from It's really simple: 3 cups shredded raw zucchini, 2 eggs, 3 oz of cheese (I use 4 oz of mozzarella,) 1/2tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp onion powder. I've been know to throw in and bits and bobs of leftover meat from the freezer or homemade pepperoni. Squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the zucchini, mix with the eggs, shredded cheese and seasoning, grease a 9 inch pie pan and pour everything in. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. This easily fits into a toaster oven or air fryer oven.
    Another recipe I make with any summer fruit is a recipe that I got years ago out of an Amish cookbook from Kitchener Ontario.

    Fruit Strudel
    Fill a lightly greased nine inch pan (square or round) with the fruit of your choice.( Last night I made it with blueberries and blackberrie) There is no sugar added to the fresh fruit.
    In the food processor put 1 cup of flour ( gluten free can be used and it can be made paleo using cassava flour), 1 cup of sugar, 1 large egg and 1 TBSP butter and 1 tsp. baking powder. Pulse until it forms a crumb like mixture. Pour on top of the fruit and bake at 350 until golden brown. It's delicioius hot or cold, and especially good topped with icecream (lol).
    Tonight we're having chicken, coleslaw since I made a huge batch yesterday, and air fried potato wedges. Cookie

    1. You gals all listed some great ideas.
      The zucchini pie sound wonderful. I do something similar and just love it. Good for about any meal.
      The strudel sound very tasty. Well heck - how could it not!!? LOL
      Thank you for these recipes!

  15. The strudel sounds wonderful, Cookie. I'll have to try it. Thank you! While I love zucchini, Hubs really doesn't. The spring rolls sound delish, too! --Elise