Get cookin.

Ya'll, I've been hitting up my pinned recipes pretty hard lately and I've had some good results. So good in fact that I don't have any nice photos to share because we were too busy eating everything. Such is life :-) Check out the links below for some stellar summer recipes that have been personally approved by yours truly!

Greek Salad with Wheat Berries
I'm actually having the last of this for lunch today! I like experimenting with new grains and wheat berries caught my eye. Luckily, the good ole co-op had them in stock. I wouldn't say they are my fav new grain, but they were interesting to try - very nutty and a bit crunchy (but I may have under cooked them a bit). What really got me were the leeks. Dang, I can't believe I've been ignoring leeks for the past 30 something years. They are super tasty all roasted up like that!

Homemade Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper
Probably my least favorite recipe of the bunch but it was worth the try. I liked the one pot concept but the flavor wasn't quite right. The fiance liked it though so I might keep searching around for a more flavorful recipe.

Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus
Ahhhh...my go to spring salad - especially when Washington asparagus is in season. I made a batch of this for our trip to the Gorge (substituting TJ's Israeli cous cous for orzo) and it was gobbled up in no time. It's light but flavorful. I use a similar recipe throughout the summer and just substitute different in season veggies.

Sauteed Grapes with Goat Cheese
So simple, yet so good! If you need something quick when entertaining guests at home, this recipe is the way to go. I say at home, because the grapes are best when they come straight off the pan and are all warm and such. I probably wouldn't bring this to someone's house unless you could borrow a pan and saute them on the spot. My herbs came from the yard, which made this even better!

Paleo Coconut Chicken
I went on a brief paleo kick and came across this recipe. I like how fast it comes together. Dinner in 20 minutes? Sign me up!

Banana Coconut Bread
I had three sorry looking overripe bananas and luckily came across this recipe. I love me some banana bread but liked the added flavor of coconut in this recipe. I actually used coconut oil vs. veggie oil and almond milk vs. coconut milk and it still came out just right. If you really wanted to step up the coconut profile, I'd add coconut extract through I was completely OK with the almond extract and vanilla.

Anything good you've been cooking up lately? Do share!

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