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Quinoa with Chorizo and Chayote Squash Recipe

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This is a delicious main dish using quinoa and spicy chorizo sausage.  I love chorizo, but it isn’t exactly low fat, so I wanted to use just a little for the taste, and have most of the dish be more healthy ingredients.

quinoa with chorizo and squash

Easy Seafood Pasta Recipe

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This past summer my husband and I planned a special anniversary cruise. We went on a cruise once before, on our honeymoon, and had talked for years about how much we would like to cruise again. Finally our kids were old enough that we could leave them behind without (too much) worrying, and enjoy a relaxing vacation by ourselves! I spent hours planning out excursions, planning special dinners and getting advice from experienced cruisers about all the best shows and events, to make this a vacation to remember.

Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet

An image of a pasta skillet with arugula.

One of the best things about summer is all the fresh and tasty vegetables that are available. Being able to eat vegetables right after they are picked is amazing. I belong to a CSA to make sure I get plenty of fresh local vegetables every week, and a few times this summer I have received leafy green arugula, which I used to make this Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet.

A skillet filled with pasta, sausage, and arugula.

Arugula is a leafy green vegetable with a spicy peppery taste that stands out more than the greens I usually cook with like spinach. I have tried it in salads, but I especially like it cooked, and it goes perfectly with Italian flavors like spicy sausage and tomatoes.

A zucchini casserole with meat and noodles.

Zucchini Sausage Casserole

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This time of year I am inundated with zucchini!  So I am always trying to come up with different ways to serve zucchini, like this Zucchini Sausage Casserole.

Zucchini sausage casserole on a wooden table.

My family and I are members of a CSA, so we get a big box of seasonal vegetable from a local farm every week.  I made this recipe by using a whole bunch of the vegetables we received, including zucchini, yellow summer squash, fennel, onions and green pepper.  I thought sausage would combine well with the flavors, and it certainly did!  I used hot Italian sausage because my family likes spicy foods, but sweet would work well too.

Chinchurri burger on a plate on a wooden table.

Chimichurri Burger

Burgers are a staple food in my house and many others in the summer time!  It is quick and easy to grill some up and have dinner ready, but without variety burgers can get boring.  Here is a fun variation I made this week, using a traditional Argentinian Chimichurri sauce to spice up the burgers.

Chinchurri burger on a plate on a wooden table.

Chimichurri sauce is a garlicky sauce made with fresh parsley and oregano that is very easy to make at home.  I have lots of parsley growing in pots on my deck, and Chimichurri sauce is one of my favorite ways to use it. The sauce is traditionally used on grilled steak, but it works well on burgers too!

A pizza on a wooden table.

White Clam Pizza Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy family meal? This White Clam Pizza is ready in less than 15 minutes, and is a great way to add a little bit excitement to a quick family meal.

White clam pizza on a wooden table.

A skillet filled with sausage, mushrooms and onions.

Smothered Pierogies & Kielbasa Skillet

A picture of a skillet with sausages and kielbasa.

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Looking for a quick weeknight dinner? My favorite weeknight meals are ones that can be made in one pan, like this recipe for Smothered Pierogies and Kielbasa Skillet.

A skillet filled with sausages and kielbasa.

My mother recently gave me her old cast iron skillet, so I have been enjoying making one dish recipes. This recipe features potato filled pierogies cooked with vegetables and sausage for an all in one stove top casserole.

Shrimp pad thai in a white bowl with chopsticks.

Easy Shrimp Pad Thai

Easy shrimp pad thai.

This Easy Shrimp Pad Thai recipe is one of my family’s favorite dinners! It is quick to make, and can easily be made on a busy weeknight in less than 30 minutes so you can have dinner on the table quickly.

Easy shrimp pad thai in a bowl with chopsticks.

Pad Thai can seem like a complicated meal, but it is really not that difficult. The recipe is long, but almost all the work is just chopping up different vegetables. The key to making this Shrimp Pad Thai is to take the time to chop everything up and get all the ingredients ready to go because it cooks quickly. I like to put all the ingredients in bowls next to the stove, and then just dump them into the pan one at a time.

A plate of pasta with shrimp and tomatoes.

Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes

My family loves seafood, so I make sure I serve it for a dinner regularly. And seafood dinners don’t have to be complicated! This Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes meal is quick and easy, and sure to be a family favorite.
 
Shrimp scampi with tomatoes on a plate.
 
Using frozen shrimp makes meal preparation fast, so that I can have a tasty dinner on the table in 20 minutes. I combined SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co.‘s Shrimp Scampi with fresh grape tomatoes and green onions for a fresh coastal flavor.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice in Puffed Pastry Cups

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Cheesy chicken and rice puffs.

This time of year my family is very busy and we are always looking for ways to save time. It is important to my family to sit down together for a family meal most week nights, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an elaborate time consuming meal. I find that a frozen dinner is a great way to save time and still allow us to enjoy eating together. And it is fun and easy to add a little bit of a twist to the dinner to make it even more special, like I did this week when I served Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice in Puffed Pastry Cups.

Puffed Pastry Cups with Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

A bowl of asian food with chopsticks.

Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl

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California Dried Plums are a delicious fruit that is perfect not just for snacking, but for cooking too. I recently made this Thai Shrimp Noodle Bowl recipe from the California Dried Plums Website, and it was a tasty dinner that the entire family enjoyed.

Shrimp noodle bowl with vegetables and chopsticks.

The recipe combines the dried plums with lots of vegetables like carrots, red peppers and scallions, and tops it all off with shrimp. I shredded the carrots and zucchini and cut all the ingredients finely for an easy to eat stir fry, suitable for using chopsticks.  I served it over rice noodles, and it was delicious.

Easy Steak Fajitas with Redd’s Apple Ale

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I love to cook outside on the grill whenever I can. It is less cleanup for me, and the food just tastes better cooked over an open flame – especially steak! Last week I made these Easy Steak Fajitas for a quick and delicious summer meal.

Easy steak fajitas on a white plate with avocado and limes.

The secret ingredient in these fajitas is the marinade. I marinaded them in Redd’s Apple Ale, which gave the meat a delicious subtle flavor. The enzymes in the alcohol help break down the tough fibers in the meat, making it more tender and giving it more flavor. I picked Apple Ale for the marinade because it is one of my favorites, and the sweetness of the apple flavor makes it extra good.

Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Tuna is one of my favorite sources of protein, since it is so quick and easy to make.  I recently made these tasty Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats, which are perfect for a lunch or quick dinner.

Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Boats - a quick and easy meal with zucchini and tuna.

This time of year I always have more zucchini than I know what to do with!  So I like to experiment with new and different ways to serve it. I used Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Albacore Tuna with Jalapenos & Olive Oil to make the Stuffed Zucchini Boats.  The Prime Fillet Albacore Tuna combines the highest quality albacore tuna with the finest, restaurant-inspired ingredients. It is convenient and nutritious, and is available in 2.5oz pouches or 5oz cans.

Grilled Turkey Cutlets with Mango Salsa

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Memorial Day and summer are almost here, and that means it is time to fire up the grill and do some outdoor cooking! I want to branch out this year and make some new and different grilled recipes, like this recipe for Grilled Turkey Cutlets with Mango Salsa.

Grilled Citrus Turkey Cutlets with Mango Salsa - and easy grilled turkey cutlet recipe for summer time cooking

Turkey Cutlets are perfect for the grill, because they cook quickly and are tender and moist. This recipe uses a citrus marinade to flavor the cutlets and adds a Mango Salsa on top.  The resulting dish is a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy!