Easy Summer Meals

I hate cooking in the summer time.  I would rather eat a celery stick and cottage cheese straight from the container than cook after a long day at work and when it’s 115º outside.  But I have learned a few quick tips so that I spend as little time as possible in the kitchen.

Chicken Breasts

Brine (Salt Water) 15 min

Brush with Butter

Season with Spices

Oven cook 450º for 15-18 mins

Rest for 5-10 mins

Steaks

Salt,Pepper, Olive Oil/Butter

Sear in pan 3-6mins on each side
depending on how rare or well you like

400º oven 5-10 mins

Pork Chops

Buy Pre Seasoned

Drizzle with fancy olive oil

Oven cook at 400º for 20-28 mins
depending on thickness

Shrimp (Sheet pan Fajitas)

Buy precooked, no tails

With Red/Green/Yellow Peppers, Onions, Jalapeno
toss on a sheet pan with a little Olive Oil

450º for 8 mins, Broil for 2 mins

Top with Lime & Cilantro
Serve with tortillas

Add-ons and Sides

I strongly encourage you to purchase a mandolin slicer for fast veggies.  Also glass containers for fruit/veg storage are best and adding a paper towel to the bottom of containers often helps keep produce fresher longer.

Easy Veg

Baby Carrots
Celery
Cherry Tomatoes
Broccoli/Cauliflower

Easy Fruit

All Berries
Bananas
Apples

Slightly More Involved Prep

Veggies

Cucumbers
Giant Carrots
Radishes

Fruit

Mangos
Kiwi
Orange

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