Mealtime Mama: Cool summer favorites


It may be hot outside, but it’s precisely the time to bring the heat to my mouth. Whether you use fresh tomatoes or canned, this homemade salsa is a fresh treat.

In the summer, my mom always has it waiting for me when I arrive “home” for a visit. I even had it for breakfast one day! I love it that much. Below the salsa recipe is another family favorite that involves fresh broccoli. No turning on the oven for this one and it’s super good, especially to share at a potluck. Don’t let the broccoli fool you; the recipe also has BACON in it.

Banquet Salsa:

tomatoes-on-vine.PNGHalf a large green bell pepper (or one small)

1/2 jalapeno

Small onion, diced

1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes

Diced garlic (two cloves)

Cilantro to taste (finely chopped)

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Salt & pepper to taste

Place bell pepper and jalapeno into the oven and broil them until the skin browns. Then peel the skin off and dice finely. Mix the other ingredients together and chill. Enjoy!

Broccoli Salad:

broc.jpg2 bunches broccoli, separated into florets

8 bacon strips, fried and crumbled

1/2 cup chopped onion (red adds color)

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons raisins (or to taste)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup mayonnaise

In a large salad bowl, combine broccoli, bacon and onion. Set aside. In another bowl, combine mayo, sugar and vinegar until smooth. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss.

spicycow1.jpgIf you’re tired of firing up the oven — and heating up the whole house — keep Chick-fil-A in mind. After eating, let the kids play while you enjoy a few minutes of peace. Chicken and peace are two of our favorite things!