Without any outdoor space to grill in the summer, I will admit that I have a bit of “grill envy” when I hear people talk about going home to cook on the grill for dinner. Finding light summer suppers with seasonal and fresh ingredients is a challenge without a grill but I am always up for a challenge!
Tobesmcgobes loves all the action outside of our apartment in the summer. He sits with his chin on the windowsill and just stares out at all the dogs running around, boats going by and people laying on the dock outside of our window. The other night after dinner Jon let him up on the new couch for the first time. We agreed this would not become routine but he was SO excited to sit on Jon’s lap and be able to look right out the window. Can’t get enough of the cuteness.
Anywho – back to my summer suppers. The first meal I cooked when I got back home after my fabulous engagement weekend was chicken fajitas. One of our favorite restaurants is Papagayo. They make the most amazing fajitas but sometimes we just like to make them at home. I cooked brown rice and added about a half teaspoon of taco seasoning to make it Mexican. I sliced half of a yellow onion and cooked until soft.
I bought delicious fresh mango salsa from Whole Foods and a nice block of cheddar cheese. I also cheated and bought a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods. For anyone who doesn’t know – rotisserie chickens are buy one for $9 and get the second one for half price. And they are delish!
Tobes likes fajita night too.
And check out the new bling serving up the fajitas!
Another easy summer dinner is stir fry. Sirloin was on sale so I bought peppers, broccoli and onion to make a stir fry. I marinated the steak in a soy ginger sauce.
I cooked the steak in the marinade and added a little hot sauce and about half a teaspoon of garlic.
I removed the steak from the pan and then added in the peppers, onion and broccoli. I let the vegetables simmer for a few minutes then added a bit more soy ginger sauce and the juice from half of a lime.
I cooked some brown rice noodles and added to the stir fry. Tobes was a big help with the noodles.
The last quick side dish I made was peanut roasted broccoli with sunflower and sesame seeds. I roasted sprayed a tiny bit of olive oil on the broccoli and roasted it on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes on 350 degrees, turning the broccoli a few times so it browned evenly. When it came out of the oven I mixed it with a bit of peanut sauce.
I mixed in a few sunflower seeds and topped it off with a few sesame seeds before serving.
This is a quick and easy side dish that can go with any meal! Happy summer!