Quick Summer Recipes

As the last month of summer draws near, I thought I would share some very simple  and proven recipes that are great when it is hot or you are too busy to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Crunchy Cow

Put some crackers and some cheese on a plate. Maybe put a piece of fruit on there, too. Give to kid. Voila!

Grilled Chicken Breasts

On those rare moments when you are up for it, grill the proverbial sh**load of chicken breasts. Feed them to your family at every meal: in tortillas, in sandwiches, in pasta until your husband begins to feel resentful and offers to cook. Sucka!

Hawaiian Pizza

Pick up phone. Then put down phone. Try to remember where you put the pizza menu. Dig through all the piles of paper, bills, and other mail that accumulate on the dining room and that you are constantly trying to go through and organize. Then someone comes along and messes everything up again and you have to re-organize it all over again. You really need a decent filing system. But why is it that YOU always have to be the one to organize everything? Why does every single piece of paper have to cross YOUR desk? You’re getting mad, and still haven’t found the pizza flyer. But wait – it doesn’t matter, you order the same thing every time anyway: Hawaiian pizza.

Call pizza place. Order.

Pasta Fromaggi

Open the pasta side of the pack of instant macaroni and cheese. Dump it into bowl and try to remember the last time you made this. The pasta was mushy, so you should shorten the cooking time. Or should you add a little less water? You think you tried that before, and the pasta came out crunchy. So maybe you should add a little less water, but increase the cooking time? No, just shorten the cooking time.

Put the bowl in the microwave and set the timer. The pasta comes out too wet but not crunchy, which is good. Your technique worked! Attempt to carefully dump excess water into sink, but a good quarter of the pasta and all the excess water spill out. Now the cheese sauce is lumpy.

Attempt to thin with milk. Add too much. Attempt to thicken with grated cheese from the fridge. Realize this is taking a long time and your daughter is looking at you skeptically. Give her a confident smile and serve her the pasta, pretending it didn’t just take you 15 minutes to make a 3-minute instant bowl of macaroni and cheese. She probably won’t eat it anyway.

While she fiddles with her food, sneak a bit of dark chocolate from the fridge.

Spicy Stir-Fry

Call the Chinese take-out place. Go get food. Eat. Enjoy!


About Becca

Becca was born and raised in North Dakota (the nation's forehead), and  now lives in a small town in Minnesota (the nation's right shoulder) with her two children (son "H.", b.2003, who has autism, and daughter "F.", b. 2008), and her husband, "J."  She attended both North Dakota State University (where she studied sociology), and the University of Minnesota, where she came perilously close to earning a degree in English with a minor in history. She is a writer, stay-at-home-special-needs-mom, and small business owner. Becca can also be found at: beccatown.typepad.com/

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