Summer Cooking

I love to cook. My one grandfather really sparked my interest in cooking. He would have me over to teach me how to make different recipes. Such a beautiful memory. I actually have his crock pot and a recipe book. I love using them both as a sweet reminder of an awesome man. If I am going to be honest though I hate to put the oven on in the summer. Last year I took on the challenge of preparing all of our our meals via a crockpot or countertop grill.

Today I wanted to share with you some of last summer’s hits and some new recipes I found so far.

  • Crock Pot (aka Slow Cooker):
    • Sweet potatoes: Wash the potatoes as usual, place in the crock pot, bake on LOW for 6-7 hours or HIGH for 3.5-4 hours.
    • Marinara chicken: Dump in a jar of sauce, a teaspoon or two of Italian seasoning, mix in some chicken and cook on HIGH for 2-4 hours.
    • Pulled pork: Place a 1-pound pork butt roast with the fat side down, sprinkle cumin, garlic, and smoked paprika over the top, drizzle with 1/2 lime juice, and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  • Grill:
    • Marinated chicken: My favorite marinade is homemade honey mustard. Start with about 1/2 cup of honey, add about 1 tbsp each of apple cider vinegar and avocado oil, add about 1/3 cup of mustard powder, add about 1/2 tsp each of garlic powder and smoked paprika. Stir and marinade.
  • Fresh Pressed Juice:
    • Orange Goddess: Juice 1/2 grape fruit, about 4 oranges, about 3 carrots, and a smidgen of ginger.
    • Celery: Juice a couple stalks of celery.
  • Fruit Smoothie:
    • Blueberry: About 10 ounces of orange juice, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, and an ounce or two of water. Add some salad greens if you feel adventurous.
bunch of sliced American lemon

If you have any go to recipes for the summer, please share them below in the comments!

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