Tips for your summer garden harvest + a menu of easy to make weekday meals

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August is notorious for two things — a plentiful harvest of fresh summer vegetables and herbs AND the return to school and normal family activities.

As families return to the routine of school and familiy activities there’s always the challenge of finding dinner ideas that are quick, easy, and affordable. Our family is no different! This week’s menu was designed to help you with those challenges!

This week I wanted to share some tips to help you harvest, cook with, and store food from your summer garden. All of this week’s recipes contains ingredients that are currently in season and are commonly grown in household gardens (tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, and herbs).

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Perfect Recipe for Summer: Spicy and Smoky Grilled Shrimp

2019-07-24-12.16.48-1The summer brings long days and lazy afternoons. I like to keep that in mind while cooking in the summer. I want to enjoy as much of my day as I can while spending the least amount of time in the kitchen.

I came up with this Spicy and Smoky Grilled Shrimp recipe bcause it’s quick and pairs well with other summer side dishes such as pasta salad, baked beans, roasted potatoes, or grilled vegetables. 2019-07-24-12.24.01-1Back in February I went to Madrid, Spain and while I was there I purchached some smoked paprika. I love this stuff (and does my husband) and I wanted to use this spice in a quick summer recipe. This recipes takes the smokiness of the paprika and combines well with the spice of the ground red pepper to really give your taste buds a kick.2019-07-24-12.22.18-1The great thing about this recipes is that it’s less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It’s basically a one and done — you combine all the ingredient in one bowl and let it all mariniate while you heat up your grill pan.

 

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Smoky, Sticky, and Easy: Oven Pork Spare Ribs

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Imagine this — a smoky, sweet, and acidic aroma filling the corners of your kitchen. You open your oven and you have beautiful, juicy, and perfectly tender ribs just waiting to be slathered in sauce and broiled to a perfectly sticky consistency.

That’s the recipe I’m sharing with you today. A smoky, sweet, and delicious pork spare ribs recipe. In order to make these, you need about 5 minutes to prep and 2 hours to cook. This are great for a Friday after work meal, a simple Saturday “BBQ”, or a Sunday supper.

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