Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and with that comes backyard get togethers, BBQ’s, and picnics. Chances are the usual cast of characters will be present at most summer gatherings. You know them well: coleslaw, potato salad, and pasta salad.
On a foodie level, this time of the year is a little bitter sweet. While I am ready to say goodbye to the long, cold winter, I am hesitant to say goodbye to my fall and winter cooking. My dinged up, decades old stock pot receives plenty of love and use over the course of those six months. So many hearty, heart-warming, slow-cooked soups, sauces, and family favorites have emerged from it. Their scents have filled our home and taken the chill from the air. They’ve put the comfort in food.
I’m not sure that I have ever met a teenager who didn’t like pizza. My teens are no exception. While not a regular item on our meal menu, we do indulge in pizza occasionally. As a mom, I must admit that I do have a problem calling pizza a meal. There’s little to balance out the carbohydrate load, and any vegetables or meat that is added is minimal in amount or processed beyond recognition.
So today I decided to tackle this issue head on with my Sloppy Joe Pizza.
I don’t own many fancy kitchen gadgets or appliances. I love my Vitamix and Kitchenaid Mixer and use one or both daily. But then there’s my slow cooker; it rarely gets any love. I’m not sure why. On occasion I will allow a corned beef brisket the time slowly cook all day or whip up a beef stew for the crock pot. Otherwise, the slow cooker sits in my closet, way back on a shelf, out of sight and out of mind.
This week I dusted off my crock pot lid (literally, there was dust on it) and decided to make a recipe that we all love: lasagna.
We are huge football fans.
No Super Bowl Sunday is complete without a spread of game day food. I do try to keep a balanced menu. It’s not all about chips and pizza.
So while we enjoy some of our homemade favorites like wings, loaded potato skins, and sloppy joes, there will also be a generous helping of vegetables and healthy bean dips.