Vegetarian Grilled Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

Vegetarian Grilled Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We’ve reached that point in the summer when our garden is starting to overflow with tomatoes and peppers. Just about every meal now has peppers and/or tomatoes in a dish or a salad, and in a few weeks I’ll have to start preserving the extras. Right now I’m picking the peppers as soon as they… 

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Tomato and Raisin Chutney

Tomato and Raisin Chutney - Andrea Meyers

I remember August of last year very clearly. Our tomato plants were producing like crazy, and we were bringing in five to ten pounds each night. Michael and I looked at each other and said it was time to get a pressure canner. Until then, I’d only canned high-acid tomato recipes, and seven years ago… 

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Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday)

Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

When I saw Cooking Light’s March feature about open-faced sandwiches, the photo of the eggplant sandwich stuck in my head. Their version was breaded with panko and piled with marinara and mozzarella, but all I could think about was grilled eggplant with our summer tomatoes and the big batches of basil pesto we make in… 

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Peach Mango Smoothie

Peach Mango Smoothie - Andrea Meyers

Last month Cooking Light ran a nice feature of several smoothies that used Greek yogurt as a base. I tried several of them, including one with watermelon, cucumber, and mint (delicious). Inspired by their article, I played around with this old favorite from their archives that I adapted for Greek yogurt, and I love it!… 

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Salmon and Lentil Salad with Spinach and Lemon Dill Dressing

Salmon and Lentil Salad with Spinach and Lemon Dill Dressing - Andrea Meyers

Dinner salads are what get me through crazy hot summers. Temperatures are hitting the mid to high 90s this week, so cool and light meals are the theme until the weather starts to cool down again, oh sometime in September. And even though grilling the salmon for this salad requires standing over a hot grill,… 

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Meat and Summer Vegetable Chili (The Kids Cook Monday)

Meat and Summer Vegetable Chili Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

My guys love chili so much that they could eat it every week, even on a hot summer day. When we have a pot cooking on the stove, the boys ask me to take off the lid so they can see it cooking and stick their noses a little closer to soak in the aroma…. 

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Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Summer cherries are coming, and when my guys aren’t eating them fresh with lots of juicy red evidence spread across their hands and faces, we’re planning for our favorite cherry desserts. As soon as they spy cherries on the counter, my boys become cherry zombies, eating them one after the other, so I have to… 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sherbet

Strawberry Rhubarb Sherbet Recipe - Andrea Meyers

With our garden rhubarb growing like a monster and local strawberries ready at Wegmeyer Farms, we’ve been eating our share of rhubarb and strawberry concoctions. Since frozen desserts top our list of summer favorites, we had plans for making sherbet. After I scooped the sherbet into the freezer container, all four of my boys stood… 

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Blueberry Muffins with Lemon and Yogurt

Blueberry Muffins with Lemon and Yogurt Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Blueberry season is finally here in our backyard garden. Cool weather lasted well into spring, so we’ve had to wait a couple extra weeks for the bushes to blossom and fruit. The berries are ripening and all four of my guys are excited about all the blueberry stuff we’ll make over the summer. Blueberry muffins,… 

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Quinoa Avocado Salad with Parsley, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lemon Vinaigrette

Quinoa Avocado Salad Recipe with Parsley, Corn, Tomatoes, and Lemon Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers

It’s June, school is out, and the vegetables are starting to pop in the garden, all signs that it’s summer, even if the weather still feels like spring. I enjoy walking through the garden in the morning, watering and checking for signs of critters and weeds. It’s a relaxing way to start my day.