Hot days, cool meals

So summer is in full swing and it is hot and humid. I will not lie I loathe hot and humid days. The heat, the sweating, ugh I just don’t like it! So naturally on days like these I do not want to eat hot foods, I crave salads and cold options. So I took this week to prepare very simple, cold meals. There were a few that required some cooking but none that involved the oven!! We made

  • Tuna salad wraps
  • BLT’s
  • Egg salad crostini
  • Taco salad
  • Yogurt parfait
  • Cheese tray with fresh fruit and garden veggies.

Tuna Salad

We started the week with a quick tuna salad that is full of veggies and flavor. Shredded carrots, chopped red onion, pickles and a dash of dill & lemon zest gives this tuna salad a punch of flavor.


Tuna salad

1 can white albacore tuna, 12 oz

1 carrot, shredded

1 dill pickle, diced

2 tbsp red onion, diced

salt and pepper to taste

2-3 tbsp mayo – more or less to your liking

1/2 tsp lemon zest

quick dash of dill

Mix together and serve on toast, crackers or in a wrap.


Egg Salad Crostini with Prosciutto 

Egg salad crostinis have to be one of those meals that brings back great VA memories for me. Mark used to work downtown Norfolk, Eva and I used to pack picnics and go visit him on his lunch hour. We would walk along the Elizabeth River, play at Waterside and treat daddy to great food. One of these picnic’s we invited our friend, Henly, to join us and she loves good food as much as we do so I got creative and fun with our picnic and that is how this egg salad crostini recipe came to be.



The crusty bread, salty prosciutto, and creamy egg salad is the perfect combination. It is even delicious without the bread. We have served this same egg salad in lettuce cups and it is still heavenly.


Egg Salad Crostini

4-5 slices of prosciutto, baked until crispy and crumbled

1 baguette, sliced and placed under broiler until toasty and brown

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped

1/4 c mayo – more or less to your liking

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp dill

salt and pepper to taste


Taco Salad

Taco salad is one of those all time greatest salads, you can never go wrong with it. No one can complain as it is build your own. I decided to get fun and use Doritos for the chips this week. It reminded me of the childhood Doritos salad that was at every potluck and picnic growing up. You know that one with Doritos, cheese, lettuce and Western dressing. Mmmm the memories, but I wanted to keep it lighter and have the option of having leftovers for lunch the next day.


As you can see we had quite the toppings to choose from. Black olives, avocado, cheese, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, and fresh tomatoes.


Taco salad

1-1.5lbs hamburger, browned with 1/2 onion chopped (you may add taco seasoning too)

1 bag Doritos or tortilla chips

Toppings of choice: black olives, avocado, cheese, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, and fresh tomatoes

Serve as a build your own and enjoy


Yogurt, granola and PB parfait

On the night I planned for yogurt parfait I had hosted my mom’s club for a pool party at 10 am, made Mark his birthday cake surprise and also had a Mom’s Night Out planned with my club. To say it was a crazy day was an understatement. I was happy to have had these planned and not have to cook the kids a meal and head out the door.


As you can see Wyatt quite enjoyed these yogurt, granola and cookie crumb parfait.


Eva was also a fan, she said it was like eating dessert for dinner. Technically I think they were but, you are only young once so eat away!


Yogurt parfait

plain greek yogurt

peanut butter

chocolate cookie crumbs

whip cream

granola nutella

I layered all the ingredients and topped with whipped cream & cookie crumbs I had left over from Mark’s birthday cake. To make things easier I microwaved my peanut butter and nutella to make them easier to pour into the cups. You could layer fresh fruit, jam, really anything. But my Eva is a tad, well let’s be honest here she’s really, really, really, really, really picky with her yogurt and pretty much anything else that goes on her plate. So no fruit in the yogurt at our house. It can be to the left or right, in front or behind the yogurt but don’t let that fruit be chunks in her fruit or you’ll get an earful.


BLT sandwiches

From the looks of this picture is appears as though we at bacon, chips, and fruit. That is what my kids ate because god forbid the bacon be in a sandwich, that would not make it bacon but it’s evil twin that causes whining and gagging. They believe bacon is meant to be eaten alone in one single slice with nothing else.


Mark and I enjoyed our BTL’s very much!



Cheese, cracker, fruit and veggie tray


Some days you just have no will to cook or even think about preparing a meal. On these days this is what is served to my kids. Protein in the form of cheese, yogurt, nuts and peanut butter. I will say we eat a lunch and sometimes a dinner like this at least once a week if not twice. The kids love it and it requires no thinking for me!!


The peas we ate here are from our very own garden!! Yay we are excited that everything is blooming and fruitful this year!!