WritersButt Recipe Wednesday
I hope you all are in the mood for recipes for some yummy summer meals today, because that’s what I have for you! Summertime eating in our house is all about simple. We do a lot of grilling, as I’ve mentioned before, but even my indoor cooking get simplified during the long, hot days of summer. Last week I made a slow cooked shredded BBQ chicken meal that was amazing. I paired it with coleslaw.
*4-5 garlic cloves, smashed
*Large packet of skinless chicken breasts (natural, hormone-free, free-range, etc is best!)
*Jar BBQ sauce (here’s where I cheated this week because I was pressed for time and got the best store bought one I could find with NO high fructose corn syrup. But there are some great homemade paleo BBQ sauce recipes, so I’ll do that next time.)
*Bottle of beer (recipe didn’t specify which kind of beer. I used one with a lime flavoring to add some zesty action)
*kosher salt and cracked pepper
*1-2 tbsp of smoked paprika powder (SOOO good!!)
Put your chopped onion and smashed garlic in crock pot. Pour in sauce and beer and seasonings. Add your chicken to the pool. 🙂 I started on high for a few hours and then switched to low for a couple hours until we were ready to eat.
So here’s what’s funny. Everyone loves my coleslaw. The reason this is funny, to me, is that it’s not special at all. I buy angel hair cabbage already shredded in a bag. I add what I guess is the ‘magic’ ingredient, MAYO. And please do not insult your cabbage by slathering it in non-fat or low-fat mayo. I’m serious. The cabbage will not be happy. Don’t make the cabbage cranky! I splash a bit of rice vinegar in there, salt/pepper, little chili powder …. mix it up. This gets better after sitting in the fridge a bit before dinner.
This is how the chicken looks after it’s cooked. I put it all in a bowl and shredded it up easy-peasy with a fork.
Since I don’t eat bread, I just had mine next to my slaw. Seriously YUM! The kids had theirs on a fresh roll, like a chopped chicken sandwich.
William’s Sweet Potato Chips
I have to credit my husband for these because he made them before I did and I have no idea where he found the recipe but they are SO good. Just slice a sweet potato into very thin slices. Arrange on cookie sheet. Drizzle with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Season with kosher salt, cracked pepper, crunchy minced garlic and we added some of the smoked paprika powder. Into the oven at 350 and just keep checking on them. I think they took roughly 30-ish minutes.
What they look like raw.
Finished! Ok, they may not look super impressive. Maybe I should have put them in a pretty bowl or something, but I’m not writing a cookbook here. Trust me, these are delicious. My favorite ones are the ones with the burnt parts. Crispy goodness! Every one of these were devoured.
Took a little help from the store for these salmon burgers. They were already seasoned mediterranean style, to which I added some minced garlic, pepper and smoked paprika. Grill them on the foil. Tip — which we did not do but will next time — spray your foil with a little olive oil or coconut spray for some non-stick help.
Salmon burger, slaw and sweet potato chips w/ a lovely glass of wine. I *heart* summer!
Miss Sassy wanted her picture on the blog. Here she’s showing her grilled burger w/ sweet potato chips, her newly streaked hair and her summer smile!
I know a lot of you think it’s hard to grab something fast and healthy for lunch, especially when you’re writing and don’t want to take a break to ‘fix’ anything. Below was my lunch on Monday. I had some delicious broccoli slaw from the salmon burger night in the fridge. I almost always have plenty of hard-boiled eggs on hand for a quick protein snack. Sliced up a couple eggs over the slaw. Took no more than 60 seconds and I was back at my computer having a healthy lunch!
So, what about you guys? Any healthy summertime recipes you can share. Here in Texas, we have long, hot, summers, so I need some ideas.
Coming soon to WritersButt: How to eat healthy while away at conferences and still have some indulgences!