Quick meals

My motivation to cook is inversely proportional to the temperature outside.  Who wants to slave away at the stove when it is 90+ degrees and 100% humidity outside, or turn on the oven when you don’t have AC?  Blech.  In this post, I hope to give everyone some inspiration for a quick, easy, non-oven-requiring meal for the lazy days of summer.

A few weeks ago I acquired a heaping bag of fresh salad greens from my boyfriend’s family garden.  Now, I don’t normally buy salad greens because the bagged stuff goes bad way before I can eat it all.  But fresh greens (from a local farmers’ market or your own garden) last so much longer and can be the base for a perfect summer dinner.  (more…)


These quesadillas are so simple to make that it’s kind of embarrassing.  Tortillas, refried beans, and cheese, folded up and tossed on a George Foreman grill until crispy.  That’s it!  This is a perfect meal to make when I get home late or am so tired that I can’t even keep my eyes open long enough to chop up ingredients.  Of course, you could make these more elaborate if you had time and ingredients: chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, onions, cilantro, the sky’s the limit.  If you don’t have a George Foreman grill or sandwich press, you could simply cook the quesadillas in a skillet. (more…)