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It seems Summer has finally arrived-at least for most of us across the USA.  We’ve been having the typical morning June Gloom-complete with drizzles, but all in all the days have turned sunny and warm.

With that in mind-and a few health issues that have yet to be improved, I’m sticking to a plan of easy and fast menus.

Besides the health angle, my husband’s new position in the company has him working 2-3 nights a week.  While I eat those dinners solo, I still have to make enough food to be sure that he has not one, but two meals in his lunch case for those days.  

No rest for the weary and infirm here.

That’s why easy cooking is great-with a bit of planning and good shopping techniques this season should keep us humming along.

Now I know I mentioned that we bought a new BBQ a few weeks ago, but alas, we‘re still using the old one.  I can’t start the darned thing so that’s all hubby.  I do the prep work and he has to start it up.  Also, he’s much better at carrying the food back and forth these days.  

What does simple cooking mean to you?  Less people being invited over?  Food that requires nothing more than some heat?  A meal that even in the heat can be put into the old crockpot and served in different ways over the course of the week OR a bit of all of the above?

This week I started on Father’s Day.  Since the family that’s here in CA decided that Saturday night made it a bit easier to include our son and my husband-we met at BJ’s Brewery and had a fun, if very noisy dinner.

We love that the chain has about 5-7 choices of “Under 575” calorie meals.  In fact, our table of 10 had 6 of us ordering from that part of the menu.

On Father’s Day-it was just my husband and I and he requested ribs.  I put a good amount of Montreal Steak Seasoning on as a rub about 2 days before and baked them for about 3 hours at 300 and then hubz came home and put them on the grill along with some zucchini that I just tossed with some evoo, kosher salt and minced garlic.  I then warmed up some fat-free refried beans and voila!  Simple meal that had enough left over for my better half’s lunch the next day!

Monday I took out some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and marinated them in some leftover Thai peanut salad dressing that came with a salad we had in a local restaurant earlier in the week-waste not, want not!  We grilled it with some baby bell peppers and I made some baked spuds.  I made extra of everything to create a dinner for my husband the next night.

Tuesday-again, I’m on my own, but I still had to prepare enough to put in his lunch box.  I’m going with some low-fat chicken apple sausages, cole slaw made with a vinaigrette instead of mayo and some quinoa pilaf that I added some spinach too.

For me, life has become a thing of balancing what I feel like and how to eat healthy in a simple and delicious fashion.  I’m taking more help from my husband, which he isn’t minding.

This week-share some of your tips to keeping things simple in the midst of heat, humidity and health.

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