Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Dinner Dilemma

Summer is upon us *although it's cool and stormy as I write this* and it's time to pull out those easy, cool dishes to serve *emphasis on easy*.

Here's my dilemma: Daughter
S decided to run cross country this year for HS. At the parent meeting recently, the coaches kept telling us they have one of the best courses in the state, but in the next breath they said the kids like to change it up and see different scenery. So, they run somewhere different every night all over the city from 6-8pm. Uuuummm - that sounds like rush hour/dinner time to me, Coach!

S has a full schedule right now. She is taking summer school in the morning and participates in work-study in the afternoon until 4:30. I pick her up, throw some food at her and race to the practice site of the day (I guess she should be doing her homework sometime too, huh?).

Monday's site was 30 minutes away. I knew rush hour traffic would make going back home impractical and unless Handy Hubby : ) was willing to eat dinner at 9pm or fend for himself, we'd have to come up with another solution. I called him late in the afternoon and said he should meet me at the run for a picnic in the park. We had taco salad w/ refried beans and Spanish rice. It turned out to be a gorgeous day and the spontaneous picnic was a date night of sorts! Maybe there's something to this change of scenery thing...

Well, if it's not raining tonight, the run is on the SW side of town 20 minutes away. The thought of doing this 3 days a week all summer long doesn't sound appealing to me, especially come late July/early Aug!! I suppose I'll cross that bridge when we get to it...

For today, I'm sending out a little cry for help! Does anyone have some great summer recipes to share with me?! Please? Perhaps we could even make it a recipe swap of sorts.

NOW we're talkin'! I'm getting my smile back *and I've noticed I'm usually very smiley in my posts* : )

OK! I'll go first - I guess I'll start with Turkey Wraps

I take a large tortilla,
spread some mayo and pesto on it,
layer turkey (or deli meat of choice) on it,
top with lettuce (iceberg, romaine, or whatever salad mix you have open),
tomatoes or sliced peppers (green, red, orange or yellow) & cheese.
Wrap and Roll, Baby! It's fast, easy and contained so you can eat it in the car...

S also likes this as a fish taco wrap - she likes the crumb-coated Tilapia from Sam's Club with asparagus sauteed with onions and garlic and diced tomatoes. This variation is a little messier but I wrap it in foil.

I would say the highlight of our hectic Monday was around 9pm when we got Ding-Dong Ditched. We opened the door to find a plate of assorted desserts! YUMMY!!!! Oh, how I wish I would have stopped to take a quick pic before everyone devoured whatever they could get their paws on first! What a fun and nice thing to do on a summer evening! I know you're not supposed to eat after 7pm but I *and I'm not gonna lie* LOVED every, finger-lickin' crumb of it! Spare-tire be darned!!

I would love to hear what kinds of dishes you'll be serving your families this summer!!!



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Pat Harris said...

What fun! I like that you take less than the best circumstances and make them into a party. I also liked the ding'dong desert thing. Is this something that happens a lot in your area? Great idea for a random act of kindess, if not.

Daphne said...

I wish someone would ding-dong ditch my house LOL I've never heard of this before but it's a cute idea!!

Anonymous said...


I came over from New Friend Friday. I love wraps, especially when it is so hot outside. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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Lisa said...

That's crazy! Isn't that asking a lot of parents to drive their kids all over the kids every night??

Anyway, those fish wraps sound REALLY good! Thanks for the idea!

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Chef Dennis said...

hummus goes great on a wrap, you can fill it full of roasted veggies, or it works really well with turkey too!