Jacquelynne Steves

Summer Recipes!

So, here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s summer. And summer means it’s hot, and when it’s hot I don’t really want to cook! But ya gotta eat, right? And our wallets and waistlines can only handle so much take out food… So I thought I’d share a couple of fast and easy recipes that are perfect for summer!

This recipe, Summer Meatballs & Lemon Fettucini, is my most “pinned” on Pinterest! I like the idea of a light version of comfort food. It takes a while to make the chicken meatballs, but the recipe makes a double batch so you can cook once and get at least another meal out of it. The fettucini is fast and delicious… it’s one of my daughter’s favorite meals. You could also just skip the meatballs altogether, and serve the light, lemon-y pasta along with some grilled chicken.

Summer Meatballs with Lemon Fettucini- Jacquelynne Steves

 

In the summer, nothing beats fresh tomatoes and basil straight from the garden, right? You can’t beat Cheesy Bruschetta Porkchops for fresh and light summer flavors! Serve with crusty bread to sop up the delicious juice, and a steamed vegetable on the side. Summer perfection!

Cheesy Bruschetta Porkchop- Jacquelynne Steves

I also like seafood in the summer. How about Spicy Shrimp with Ginger Coconut Rice? I love how the spiciness of the shrimp plays against the cool and creamy rice.

Spicy Shrimp with Ginger Coconut Rice- Jacquelynne Steves

 

I know we usually think of using the crock-pot during the cooler months, but the advantage is that it doesn’t heat up the kitchen like the oven or stove does! You could try this Slow Cooker Chicken Provencal:

Slow Cooker Chicken Provencal-Jacquelynne Steves

 

We can’t talk summer food without talking burgers! Turkey Burgers with Asian Slaw is a fun twist on traditional burgers (and, I like using turkey because it’s lighter than beef, I don’t like to eat things that are too heavy when it’s hot outside):

Turkey Burgers with Asian Slaw- Jacquelynne Steves

When we get invited to a cookout and I say, “Thanks for inviting us! What can I bring?”- this is usually the reply! Fresh summer basil makes this soooo tasty! And I call it my Summer Bean Salad Un-Recipe, because you can substitute whatever you have on hand to make it. It also makes a nice light lunch all on its own.

Summer Bean Salad recipe- Jacquelynne Steves

So now it’s time for dessert! I have a couple of “go-to” cheese cake recipes- because they’re so simple and, well, I happen to love cheesecake!

Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Bars are light and yummy and put to use one of my favorite summer foods, blueberries. And blueberries are very healthy. So this recipe is actually good for you :)

Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Bars- Jacquelynne Steves

Finally, these cute little Miniature Cherry Cheesecakes are very simple to make. Feel free to substitute any fruit for the topping.

CherryCheesecakeMini

 

Well, now I’m hungry! You can find all of my recipes here.

Have A Delicious Day Basil Art- Jacquelynne Steves

5 Comments

  • De Fleming
    Posted July 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    i love your web site everything about it is so nice and I love the recipes – keep up the great ideas and your love for the Lord.

    De

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted July 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for your nice comment, De! I’m glad you enjoy my site :)

  • Heide
    Posted July 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I made this the other night and it was a hit! Thanks for the recipe. Family said they would all eat this again.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 30, 2015 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      That’s great Heide!! Which recipe did you make?

  • Heide
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    I made the lemon fettuccine, it was Yum! The chicken meatballs made enough for two meals, so I froze half and will make it of another meal. Thanks for the recipe.

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