Friday, July 3, 2009

Frugal Summer Dinner

The weather here has been beautiful, but also hot. It's been in the 90's for the past few days and since that's rare in the Pacific Northwest, not many of us have air conditioning. So the thought of heating up my house by cooking dinner made me sweat just thinking about it.

Instead I noticed that my first batch of garden lettuce was ready to be used. Yay! My first meal from the garden this year. I tore up the lettuce in a salad bowl, cut the sweet corn off the leftover cob in the fridge from earlier in the week and put that on top of the lettuce. Next went some hard boiled eggs for protein, sliced tomatoes, and my freezer held some boneless pork that I thinly sliced and pan fried in olive oil.

A few slices of my homemade Peasant Bread and Voila! A low-heat dinner.

While the hot days of summer are here, our dinner standby is usually some sort of salad. This was one that turned out good enough to photograph.


Heather said...

What a pretty salad! This is one to eat with your eyes as well as your mouth! I wish I was over for dinner tonight :)

Have a great 4th!

Jami said...

Looks good! Doesn't it sorta taste better when you've grown some of it yourself?
Have a great 4th!

Anonymous said...

Lil' Sis... Poor soul.. We had steak and potatoes for dinner in the heat of the day. We didn't even heat up the house.. We grilled everything outside. And on the third we had Thai and didn't heat up the house but it was at the beach... LOL

Honey said...

This looks delicious! It reminds me of "tuna salad nicoise" which I ate first in Australia when I visited in 1997 and I've been enjoying this salad ever since. I posted the recipe on "easy meals for busy moms" on blogger if you want to check it out. I'm hoping to have a bigger garden next year. Any pointers? Thanks!