Thursday, August 29, 2019

Back To School Bento Box Wrap

This week and next millions of students are going back to school.

This is a great idea for lunch or anytime.

You can find Bento boxes at grocery stores, office supply stores, Meijer or Amazon.

I've used lavash wraps, ham, sliced cheddar cheese, mustard for this.

You can use flour tortillas, the cheeses, lunch meats and condiments that you like.

4 slices each: lean ham, cheddar cheese
4 romaine lettuce leaves
4 lavash wraps
1 - 2 tsp. Mustard

Rinse, pat dry romaine lettuce leaves.

Lay lavash on a clean work surface.

Arrange lunch meat, cheese, lettuce on top of the lavash.

Spread a thin layer of mustard on the lavash.

Roll wraps up. 

Put wraps in wax paper.

Place in refrigerator for several hours or overnight to chill. 

Serves 4.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Mediterranean Chicken

This is perfect for summer or anytime.

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
1 lemon cut in half, juiced and zested
1/4 tsp. each: pepper,  salt (optional)
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 - 3 T. oil (olive or canola)
1/2 - 1 tsp. each: basil, parsley, oregano (fresh or dried)
1 clove fresh garlic crushed, chopped

Peal, rinse and chop garlic.

Zest, cut lemon in half.  

Combine chicken, herbs, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes in shallow dish.

Squeeze some of the lemon juice over both sides of the 

Cover dish in plastic wrap, and put in refrigerator to marinate chicken for several hours or overnight.

Heat grill or grill pan on medium high heat.

Reduce heat to medium to medium low, add oil.

Add chicken and cook on one side for 8 - 11 min. or until done.

Flip chicken over and repeat cooking process on other side 8 - 11 min. more or until done.

Serves 4

Friday, August 16, 2019

Fresh From The Garden Tomato Sandwich

It's the simple things in life that brings joy.

Who doesn't love fresh tomatoes from the garden in the summer.

This is great for lunch, a snack or anytime.

I've used Roma tomatoes but you can use what kind of tomato you like.

I've also used romaine lettuce, but you can use what lettuce you like.

8 slices bread
2  - 3 Roma tomatoes or 1 large slicing tomato
1/4 c. mayo
1/8 - 1/4  tsp. each: salt, pepper
4 romaine lettuce leaves

Rinse lettuce and tomatoes.

Cut tomatoes into slices and place them on a paper towel lined plate.

Sprinkle both sides of the tomatoes with salt and pepper.

Smear some of the mayo on 1 side of 4  slices of the bread.

Layer tomatoes and lettuce on the mayo side of the bread.

Place remaining slices of bread on top of the tomatoes.

Slice sandwich and enjoy.

Serves 4.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

No Brainer Corn

Who doesn't love fresh corn on the cob in the summer.

This is a no-brainer way to cook corn.

I use the stove to cook the corn, but you can cook corn in the microwave.

This recipe is great for summer or anytime.

8 ears of sweet corn
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. salt

Remove corn from husks and remove silk off corn if needed.

Rinse corn under cold water.

Combine corn and just enough water to cover corn in a pot.

Place pot on stove and bring water to a boil on high heat.

Add salt to the water and cook corn on high for a few minutes.

Cover pot with a lid, turn off the stove and let corn steam for a few more minutes until done.

To serve:

Remove corn from water carefully with tongs and place on a plate.

Brush corn with softened butter if desired.

Serves 4 - 8.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Shrimp Fajitas

This is perfect for summer or anytime.


1 lb. deveined shrimp
1 large onion (sliced)
2 - 3 T oil (olive or canola)

1 T. lime juice
1 large bell pepper (sliced)
1/4 tsp. each: pepper
, salt
1 - 3 drops hot sauce
1 package flour tortillas


1 c. each: shredded lettuce, chopped, tomatoes, sour cream, refried beans, prepared
guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese

Peel, rinse, slice onion and garlic. 

Rinse, seed, slice peppers

Rinse, shred lettuce.

Rinse and chop tomatoes

Rinse, pat dry shrimp and remove tails.

In small mixing bowl combine: lime juice
garlic, salt, pepper, hot sauce. Pour over meat to marinate for 15 - 30 min.

Heat grill pan or grill on medium high heat. Add oil.

shrimp and cook shrimp for 3 - 5 minutes or until shrimp turns pink. Add pepper and onions, cook for another 3-4 minutes. 

Transfer shrimp, onions and pepper to clean serving bowl

Heat tortillas in microwave for 30 - 40 seconds. You can also heat tortillas by warming them on the grill pan for 30-40 seconds.

Open can of refried beans.

Place beans in microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 - 2 minutes until heated.

To assemble fajitas: smear a spoonful of refried beans on a tortilla. 

Add some of the meat pepper and onions.

 Top with your favorite fixings. Roll to secure filling and enjoy.

Serves 4  2 - 3 fajitas each