Since I'm not buying much meat these days, some weekend nights I'll make us a selection of veggies. Since we'd recently had baked okra (a summertime favorite of mine), I looked for other inspiration.
- Green beans. I hated - hated - green beans growing up. But, then, my working mom always served canned green beans, never fresh. In fact, the first time I had fresh green beans was on a cruise ship! Since I was pretty sure I liked them, I bought some at the store and looked for a recipe. I stumbled upon this one for Garlic Lemon Green Beans. I was a bit apprehensive about the butter, so I scaled that back a bit. The green beans turned out good, though not great. I couldn't really taste any lemon and maybe just a hint of garlic. I'll have to keep looking for a must-keep recipe!
- I love my Skillet Potatoes. However, last time I made them, the house smelled like potatoes for three days! So I looked for another way to cook the red potatoes I found at the store. I'd pinned this recipe for Roasted Greek Potatoes and decided to give it a whirl. The only thing I changed was nixing the mint; that seemed a bit strange to my tastes. And though I felt like I was dumping thyme and oregano into the mixture, the potatoes were amazing!! My only suggestion is to use plenty of non-stick spray! This recipe is a keeper!!
And so it was a successful cooking day! I still have lots of sweets on my summer cooking/baking list....but after spending July 4th with my parents, those will have to wait until I've shed a few pounds! Ha!