Summer Lovin’ Had Me A Blast

July 22, 2012


A nice night to grill!! [‘Cept for the skeeters!]


We have more veggies than we know what to do with in our lives. Between our overflowing garden and friendly neighbors at the markets who love to give Matt their extras, our fridge and counters are filled with things to eat!

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Dinner tonight involved grilled eggplant from our garden, squash from our market neighbor, potatoes from another neighbor and chicken from Free Union Grass Farm.


We used some blackening seasoning from The Spice Diva that made this chicken taste incredible! I had two tenders and have a cut up breast for my lunches! The potatoes were leftover rustic boiled potatoes that I jazzed up with my 4 part potato salad: 2 parts greek yogurt, 1 part mayo, 1 part dijon mustard. Plus S+P!


Grilled eggplant + squash completed the square dinner plate


Our neighbors gave us this beautiful pitcher as a thank you for watering their plants!



There was one more thing that was grilled…


I put a peach on with the intention of using up the last little bit of vanilla ice cream in the freezer!! Summer heaven in a little dish. 


We got most of our chores done today – including clean sheets on the bed and overnight oats in the fridge! Hoping to finish my book tonight : )

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1 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma July 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

That grilled peach looks incredible!


2 Sana July 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Woahhh grilled peach looks sooo yum!


3 Jeri July 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

As in the movie, Julie & Julia, YUM!!!!


4 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Grilled peaches sound divine! A sweet ending to your day!


5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

oh my gosh, that grilled peach with ice cream looks ridiculously delicious! And I’ve never seen okra growing, haha that looks cool!


6 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I LOVE grilling out. And I love peaches (pretty much most fruits…) on the grill. That all looks amazing.


7 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

You are so lucky that your garden is doing well- and your friendly neighbors as well! …It has been a long hot summer here and the plants are paying- the plants will grow but they won’t set on a bloom to make the veggies- just too hot :(
Grilled peaches + ice cream! <3 Mmmmm!


8 Clare July 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Grilled veggies are my faaavourite right now 😉 Grilled peach with ice-cream sounds divine!


9 Kirsten July 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Pretty, pretty okra. I think you were the first person I saw do okra fries-thank you for that! This is the third year I’ve grown them in the garden and they are my favorite plants/flowers and can’t get enough of them roasted-which is a lie-sometimes there are TOO many! If you haven’t tried a red variety, Bowling Red Okra is gorgeous.


10 BroccoliHut July 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

This post makes me want an outdoor grill so badly! I can’t wait to move out of this apartment and into a house for that very reason–I love grilled veggies!


11 Mom July 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Love the pitcher!


12 MegS July 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Good idea- putting the peaches on the grill!! Yumm! :-)
My garden didn’t do too good. We have a huge supply of tomatoes but the cutworms got everything else! I am going to be prepared next time! I want to plant something for fall but I don’t know what yet? Got any ideas?


13 KathEats July 23, 2012 at 6:29 am



14 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries July 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

i’ve never tried grilled peaches!! definitely need to make that a must in the near future!


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm

You make me wish I had a grill!


16 Michelle July 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Your plants look great! I am still waiting for my tomatoes to turn red, they have the lightest blush of red right now so hopefully soon. And I just picked my first jalapeno’s which were awesome! My poor lettuce bolted, so I am sad about that. Everything else in my garden has really grown slowly so far.


17 Hanna July 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

i love grilled vegetables


18 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Would it be okay if I showed up on your doorstep? And like, stayed with you for a week and ate all of your veggies and ice cream? I’ll cook.


19 Tina July 23, 2012 at 12:02 am

I miss having a proper Grill – to lazzy to get my little one out. But I might need to – love the grilled veggies and my parents just dropped some more off.


20 j3nn July 23, 2012 at 12:45 am

I randomly get that song stuck in my head quite often, lol. It’s a fun one to sing… in my head. :)


21 Khushboo Thadani July 23, 2012 at 12:46 am

That peach looks like perfection- perfectly glazed!


22 Zoe July 23, 2012 at 1:26 am

I tried growing a red and green variety of okra but neither worked which I am very disappointed about. I don’t think it was warm enough here. I will try again next year though .


23 Elisabeth July 23, 2012 at 1:33 am

That entire meal looks delicious! I love grilled anything 😉


24 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio July 23, 2012 at 5:18 am

That has become my favorite way to make potatoe salad. I love how much you can do with Greek yogurt.


25 [email protected] Nutritious July 23, 2012 at 5:25 am

Everything looks so fresh and tasty! My garden is not producing nearly what it usually does. I think it was all the heat and not enough rain. :(

Congrats on your bounty!


26 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 23, 2012 at 5:41 am

Grilled veggies are my favorite!!


27 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 23, 2012 at 7:09 am

That’s like the ultimate local food dinner!

Between the farmers market, my garden, and the farm where my sister works, I’ve been eating a lot of local produce lately too and I’m loving it!


28 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

Grilled peaches are divine! We picked fresh ones from a local farm and did the exact thing last night.


29 Molly @ RDexposed July 23, 2012 at 7:38 am

Oooh I need that dessert! Good thinking!


30 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

Grilled peaches + vanilla ice cream!!! There is no better combo for a summer dessert :)


31 Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer July 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

We have the same issue which is a GREAT problem to have…too many veggies from our overflowing garden and from our neighbors as well. We have had to get very creative in using them up!


32 Angel7 July 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Grilled peaches with icecream sounds great! We just bought peaches yesterday, so I am going to have my husband grill some tomorrow night, & put them on some yummy icecream. Our daughter will especially love this treat!


33 Amanda Cowan July 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

This is more of a question because I’ve been googling all I can and can’t seem to find a reasonable sounding answer. Of course I remembered you are a dietician so maybe you could help. My niece is 15 and starting “band camp” here in Arizona. Band camp consists of marching around a hot football field in 100+ degree weather. Today was her first day and she was sick 3 times because she filled up on fruit and a smoothie beforehand. She is staying with us this week and I’m wondering what I should be feeding her at breakfast to get her the energy she needs without making her nauseous. My first thoughts are things that pack the calories and whatnot without needing the bulk, like peanut butter, almonds, an apple, etc. Maybe an egg. Practice starts at 8 so it’s not very practical to have her eat too far before practice starts. Ideas? Thoughts to help keep her from getting too sick? My typical breakfast of oatmeal, cottage cheese or yogurt aren’t likely to settle well in her stomach during the march..


34 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:02 am

Hey Amanda,
Sounds like she might have been sick from the heat not the breakfast!! I hope they don’t have to be in uniforms… Ideal breakfasts include complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats to maximize satiety. I think she’ll just have to figure out by experimenting what digests easily and keeps her full. Maybe adding more protein and fat to the fruit smoothie?


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