Orzo Salad

Orzo Salad can be made in the morning or even the night before. Serve the salad for lunch or pair it with marinated flank steak or salmon. The salad is also a crowd pleaser and holds up well at a summer pot luck.

Bruschetta

This is the perfect summer appetizer or addition to your meal to showcase fresh tomatoes and herbs. Use the best tomatoes you can find, grape tomatoes cut in 4 also work well with less water content. Use fresh or dried herbs, whatever is handy. Mix the topping ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. You can also toast the bread before hand so that when your guests arrive you just have to top the bread and broil for a few minutes.

Spinach and Cheese Quiche

Once you try this recipe a few times you can start to experiment with different ingredients. My kids often make this recipe on their own after school for dinner and I just pre-bake the pie shell ahead of time which ensures a crisp crust. For instructions to make mini quiches see sticky tips below. For dinner serve with a salad.

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is a recipe handed down to me from my mom and I still love her to make it for me if we are visiting for dinner. It is best served on egg noodles, brown rice with a side of green.

Nicoise Salad

Nicoise salad can be served in parts so that family members get to put together a meal of their liking. If your kids are big fans of tuna you could serve this as a side dish with steak, pork or chicken.

Creamy Spring Pasta

BBQ up some extra chicken on the weekend and maybe your kids can prepare this Creamy Spring Pasta recipe during the week. Let them pick the green vegetables, peas, asparagus, steamed broccoli or spinach all work well.

Greek Salad

Ever tried salad in a jar for lunch? Greek salad is perfect for a jar. While you are preparing your dinner prepare a small salad for lunch tomorrow. In a 2 cup jar add 2 tablespoons of dressing, then some feta cheese, olives, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers up to the top so there is as little space as possible before you add the lid. Refrigerate until lunchtime.