I don’t enjoy cooking. Not to say that I can’t cook, I just don’t enjoy it. It’s the whole time management thing I guess. The juggling of the proteins and the carbohydrates all the while attempting to make vegetables palatable to my children is not a favorite task. Now add in the humidity and I feel I have every excuse not to cook and heat up the whole kitchen, but then our tummies start growling so I have to think of something.
Salads are ideal for summer eating but my children balk at them. This is where the magic of tortillas come in. I can throw a lot of vegetables in a tortilla and my children will eat them! Their favorite is BBQ Chicken Wraps. They are pretty simple to make. First cheat and buy the pre-cooked chicken strips, toss with some lettuce, shredded cheese, rinsed black beans, crunchy onion straws and sliced avocados. Roll it in a tortilla wrap and drizzle on the “secret” sauce. By “secret” I mean mix equal parts BBQ sauce and Ranch dressing. Serve with carrot sticks and extra dipping sauce on the side. Voila! Easy cool dinner is served!
Kids love to assemble. They love to build, which parents are reminded of every time we step on those Legos. So let them build a sandwich. Buying ready-made bacon is the key here but broiling bacon in the oven could be done in a pinch. We plug the toaster in at the table and from youngest to oldest, we make our own sandwiches. Our ingredients include, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Turkey lunchmeat, and sliced Avocado. Build your sandwich and serve some chips on the side. The rule is that each kid has to eat at least one vegetable on their sandwich. No cheating! Or make it a club sandwich night.
Alright I said no cooking but technically cooking in a crockpot really isn’t. This is a recipe that my 11-year old proudly makes. All you need is a box/bag of frozen Italian meatballs, a couple jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce, sliced provolone and sub rolls. Place the meatballs and spaghetti sauce in the crockpot. I usually cook on high for 2-3 hours. Split the sub roll, put some sauce on the roll, place sliced cheese in roll, and then fill the roll with meatballs. You will have a cheesy, meaty sandwich with very little effort. Since you used the crock pot you don’t have a hot kitchen. Serve with a side of napkins, lots of napkins. It’s a pretty hearty sandwich that stands on its own. Bonus: If you have leftover meatballs you can reheat them up the next day with some noodles for tomorrow’s lunch OR supper. No judging here!
What is your favorite easy, breezy summer supper? What are your summer favorites? Please post below so we can all not cook something new tonight.