Hi Mamas it's time for a "fun" thread around here...nothing to serious I wanted to know some of your favorite spring meals.
I'm getting into the grilling mood, and looking forward to lots of veggies, salmon and that kind of thing. One of my favorite grilled recipes is: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Rosemar...s/Detail.aspx] Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs and sliced zucchini rubbed with a tiny bit of grape seed oil and some lemon pepper, and grilled.
I am grilling some chicken tonight. I pound the breasts thin then marinade them in olive oil, honey, lime juice, garlic, and season salt for about 3 hours. Then grill them.
We are also having spinach salads topped with herbed feta, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers. And to top it off, some mediterranean hummus and whole wheat naan from Trader Joes.
I do not cook meat, that is DH's job. after 13 years of being a vegetarian I am just not comfortable with it. But I love to make big salads in the summer. Last night I made a really good macaroni salad. It is cooked elbow noodles, mayonaise, peas, italian herbs, a little salt, pepper and olive oil. I think next time I am also going to add chopped carrots and celery. I also make a really good greek salad and taco salad. The key to the taco salad is to use shredded cabbage instead of lettuce. It holds up better.
I love to make a salad out of fresh fava beans, fresh peas and young pecorino - I blanch the beans and peas, toss in some of the cheeses, good extra virgin olive oil & salt and pepper. I also adore asparagus with anything or by themselves, artichokes (I buy baby ones and make pasta sauce with them, I steam or stuff the big ones). I adore spring and the produce available! Now I'm starving!
Wow, I am so impressed with all of your cooking. I think I might manage to do the chicken marinade then have DH grill it. The ingredients you are all mentioning sound really good, but our produce doesn't get much more exciting than the basics!
I do really really love grilled salmon, especially now that we live in WA. I also like veggie dishes and salads. Have you had chicken craisin salad with poppy seed dressing? I also love spinach salad with strawberries, red onions and toasted almonds.
Vietnamese! This recipe looks a little daunting but it's actually super easy, and if you make extra meat and nuoc chom (the "dressing") the first time it takes five minutes to make up some more vermicelli and shredded greens and have leftovers that don't taste leftover at all. Also awesome with grilled shrimp instead of pork if you prefer It's so refreshing and filling at the same time. Perfect for warming weather!