Simple Summer Dinner

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When the weather is warm, the last thing I want to do is go inside and stand in the kitchen. I also love to take advantage of all the local food summer has to offer. If you are new to cooking, trust me…you do not have to have a recipe book or gourmet skills to fix a healthy and delicious meal for your family. Summer is a great time to experiment! There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables you can add to your plate with minimal additions- if any! This evening I made a organic chicken tenders, roasted potatoes, fresh local corn, and a side spinach/cucumber salad.

Roasted Potatoes:

The potatoes take about 40 minutes to cook at 400 degrees. I prepared those first. I cut up 1/2 of a red onion, 1 garlic clove (minced), and about 8 red potatoes. I drizzled olive oil in a casserole dish. I mixed them together. I sprinkled the potatoes and onion with sea salt, fresh ground pepper, some fresh dill (from our garden) and squeezed a bit of lemon juice on top. Baked for 40 minutes and done!

Chicken Strips;

While the potatoes are cooking, I prepared the chicken. I used organic chicken and cut it into strips. I had about 12 strips all together. I whipped 2 eggs with a fork in one bowl. In the next bowl, I mixed approximately:

1/2 cup of flour,
1tsp of sea salt ( or to taste)
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp of dried oregano

I dipped the strips into the egg and then coated in the flour mixture. Cooked in covered skillet with olive oil about 5 minutes each side on medium heat. Done! You can serve with a honey mustard dipping sauce. Yum!

Corn:

While preparing the chicken I boiled the water for corn. Do not add salt to the water! It will harden the kernels. I added the ears of corn (purchased locally) and let them cook for about 4 minutes in covered pot.

Serve with butter and salt.

Salad:

Easy, lazy night. I just sliced up cucumber, laid it on spinach leaves. Sprinkled with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Covered lightly with red wine vinegar and olive oil.

Simple, easy, fresh and delicious.

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

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