Cold Macaroni and Tuna Salad
This cold tuna salad is a simple and good recipe that is great served on those hot summer days. It can even be prepared the night before so that it is ready and cold when you come home from work the next day. My husband never ate this until we got married; now, he requests it every other week in the summer. You can substitute chicken for the tuna, which is also great. I serve it on a leaf of lettuce, for looks, with an assortment of crackers. Happy eating!
Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad
This is one of our summer staples. It goes together quickly and easily; it's good for you and yummy. It's also very versatile. The first night it's a stand-alone salad; the second night, heat a portion in a pan with an additional canned veggie and it's a side dish. If you have a favorite veggie, add that; if you hate corn, leave it out. Have fun and eat without guilt!
Summer Squash Puffs
A light fritter-like vegetable treat. Use any summer squash, yellow or green--or a mix of both.
Roasted Baby Eggplant, Tomato, and Zucchini
I made this up last night looking for something to do with a bag of beautiful baby eggplants I got. They were purple eggplants, but smallish. They were nice because they did not have a lot of seeds. I did not seed the tomatoes and they were just fine. This is ridiculously good. Way beyond the effort it takes to make it. Tastes nice warm or cool.
Collard Greens and Beans
Caramelized onions, bacon, and cannellini beans add depth of flavor to collard greens. So delicious! Serve with a dollop of sour cream and/or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Light Zucchini Casserole
Grated zucchini and onion combined with buttermilk, Parmesan cheese and biscuit mix, and baked in a pie pan. Delicious as a side dish or for brunch.
Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes
Beans and greens are a perfect combination, earthy and satisfying. This recipe for Swiss chard with garbanzo beans, onion, and fresh tomatoes is brightened with lemon juice and makes a perfect vegetarian main dish or a tantalizing side dish for fish or meat.
A sweet and sour red cabbage side dish that's really nice with pork, ham, or sausage. It tastes better on day two and freezes well.