Easy, festive summer meals

Summertime is here, and life should be simpler – at the very least in the kitchen. We can create delicious, simple, and healthy meals with the help of nature. But we have to take the time to appreciate it. Dinnertime can take on a whole new meaning with the extended daylight hours and no need to stress about homework, check this out.

This simple summer dinner idea will make it fun. Even the pickiest eaters are sure to be impressed.

*Picasso is in the Kitchen

You can let the bright colors of summer fruits become your palette. You can arrange slices of watermelon (kiwi), mango, peaches, grapes, grapes, and strawberries on a large plate or tray. This stunning arrangement can become the centerpiece of your table. You can serve your hungry brood yogurts by placing a few bowls around the table. Place a loaf if French bread on the table. Wrap it in a paper towel and bring it to the table. A variety of sliced cheeses, smoked and roasted turkey slices can be arranged on the table. It’s an easy and delicious display that’s ready to eat.

*Participation is key

Children can help in meal prep during less structured summer days. Children will likely eat carrots if they help cut them. Perhaps you could assign older kids to a particular night and have them prepare the meal with you as their sous chef. Give them some options, such as “breakfast and dinner” or “Mac & cheese night.” MomJunction.com recently published a tried and true Mac-and Cheese recipe.

Boil 8 oz. Make small noodles. Once the pasta is drain, stir in 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon butter. Add salt and pepper to the liking. Sprinkle additional cheese on top. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. It’s easy and delicious! !

The pasta will be easier for older children (8 years or more) if you help boil it. You can make this recipe even more healthy by adding frozen or fresh peas to the boiling pasta during the last few minutes.

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