Living in New Jersey...we learn to cherish the few quick months of summer. As we get ready to shut down the season, it's nice to look back on all that happened and reflect. So many of us, myself included, move too quickly through these warm, beautiful summer months. They seem to come and go without time to pause and be grateful.
So while we're enjoying all the bounty of this season....tomatoes and fruit that taste almost like candy. Let us take time to lift our heads, look around and smile. We're so very lucky.
Here are a few things to help you make the most out of these last few weeks of summer and a few of our favorite things we love doing throughout the season and into September. Enjoy!
A simple "no-recipe' meal idea
Roasted Beets, Sweet Potato or White Potato Wedges and Greens
Simply roast root vegetables on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (so nothing sticks) at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes. Optional**to season with spices of your choice and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to 350 and continue to cook for another 20-25 minutes, (beets might a little longer, depending on size) or until they are tender and cooked through (watch closely). If cutting into steak fry size, you can flip over half way through cooking to brown the other side. Add a side of mixed greens with lemon or lime juice (or your favorite dressing), fresh tomatoes and other raw veggies and dinner is done! Almost no thinking required! My go-to meal after a long day.
Labor Day Salad Ideas
Raw Broccoli Salad (can be found on recipe page)
5 Minute Kale Salad (on recipe page)
Peach Blueberry Green Salad (no recipe needed...just add to any green salad!)
Here are a few things that we enjoyed this season.