Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer recipe swap!

Are you all ready to swap some easy summer recipes that will get us out of the kitchen quickly on these busy, fun summer days? Mr. Linky looked unnecessarily complex so lets do it this way. Leave a comment with your blog address and whats cooking at your house and I'll make a link myself in this post. I'll be checking it all day so don't worry about coming late to the party. We all need a new recipe ! I tried out a new one last night just so I could share it.
Grilled Pesto Chicken Packets are super easy and could be made ahead and just thrown on the grill. The whole family loved them:>) Just start out with:
4 small zucchini (cut into 1/2 inch slices)
8 Roma tomatoes (cut into 1/2 inch slices)
1 vidalia sweet onion (cut into 1/2 inch slices)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (1 1/4 lbs. total)
and 1/2 cup of basil pesto.

I sprayed the foil for the packets with Pam and then layered the chicken and veggies, topped with 2 Tbsp. of pesto.

Fold foil by double or triple folding down the middle and then double fold the ends...Put on a medium grill for 20-25 minutes. Earl did this with the chicken side down.
25 minutes later a perfectly cooked main course and veggies. Healthy, only 330 calories, 20 grams fat (I don't know where that much came from but that's what the recipe says) and 7 grams carbs. Everyone loved it and clean up was so easy!
Now I can't wait to try some of your easy favorites! Check out these great recipes:>)
Jan at Jan and Tom's Place for Antipasto kabobs, grilled potato salad ,Mango-Raspberry frozen dessert and Banana Split Cake (!) She has also addded a wonderful home made mac & cheese recipe for those cool summer evenings:>)
Fitty at Fittys Pinky Rose Cottage for fried rice with salted fish and broccoli chicken stir fry.
sweet sis Karen at Blue Barn Bulletin for Greek Isles Pasta, Iced mocha, Beef and broccoli slaw wraps, and strawberry pie
Bev at How Sweet the Sound has a recipe for Snapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil
Karen at A Scrapbook of Inspiration is inspiring us with Asparagus Oven Frittata, Watermelon Salad and Pumpkin Muffins
Heidi Ann at Foxgloves Fabric and Folly tempts us with Frozen Key Lime Pie, Orange Pound Cake and Blueberry-Orange Tart..Oh my!
Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor makes a mean Luscious Lemon Creme Cake
Alice at Inspired Tokens delights with the Easiest Cobbler ever!
Teresa atPlumWater Cottage sends us a recipe for Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and Layered Bruschetta Salad
Connie at Living Beautifully sends us a recipe for Cooked Cucumbers...come on, try something new!
Schotzy at Wings of Eagles has a 5 minute Artichoke Salad, how's that for fast and easy?
Laurie at Stone- Belle has a recipe for a cool Blackberry delight, she also has a link to 37 more recipes in her side-bar. Go check it out!
BJ at Sweet Nothings has recipes for Asian Turkey Lettuce wraps, cheesy stuffed potato skins and Asian Slaw,
Lorrie at Fabric, Paper, Thread has a Cold Avacado soup recipe that looks easy, quick and delicious.
Theresa at Take A Sentimental Journey has an English Toffee Chocolate Trifle Cake recipe
Jennifer at My Chaotic Peace has 3 recipes! Macaroni Salad (her grandmothers recipe), Cabbage stir fry and Jello Mould Chicken Sandwich
Sue at Life At Home shares Phyllis Hoffmans Fried Chicken recipe


  1. Heyya Kathy.. Am swapping two of my recipes ~ Fried rice with salted fish and broccoli chicken stir fry.. do come & visit me

  2. Hi Kathy,

    I've got several of my favorite summer-time recipes to share. One Recipe is an appetizer Kabob...2 are Desserts (yummy, I might add)...a Grilled Chicken...a Grilled Potato Salad and a Chicken Salad. Enjoy!!!


  3. Hi Kathy, Well I know you wanted healthy, easy summer recipes...but being a bit of a baker, I decided to share three wonderful summer desserts! They are all using fruit, but are not exactly "low-cal" recipes! However,they all are scrumptious & beautiful!!
    * Frozen Key Lime Pie ( Ina Garten)
    *Orange Pound Cake (Ina Garten)
    *Blueberry-Orange Tart (C. Roehm)...I am off to post right now!!! So looking forward to all the deliciousness!!!!...Your friend, Heidi XO

  4. I'm betting the pesto upped the fat content on you. Looks yummy, tho! I pour off some of the oil when I open the jar-it makes me feel a little more healthy. ;-)

    I just put Greek Isles Pasta up. I think I'll probably add some more tomorrow.

  5. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh this looks totally delicious! Dear Hubby is coming home tomorrow, perhaps I'll whip this tasty recipe up for him!

    What a grand idea ..swapping summer recipes! Love it!

  6. Posting tomorrow: Iced mocha, Beef and broccoli slaw wraps, and strawberry pie.

    Love ya, sis!

  7. Hi Kathy,
    My post is ready for my recipes for tomorrow.

    This one looks so good, Kathy.


  8. Kathy, that looks so good, and it is definitely something we would like.

    My post is up Snapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil. Here's the link.

  9. Here is my recipe for Luscious Lemon Creme Cake. It is so easy and so good. I think everyone will enjoy it.

  10. Kathy,

    I just posted my recipes. Thanks for hosting this "swap".

  11. Kathy that looks delicious and so simple! Thanks for the recipe and this wonderful swap. I am off to check out the other recipes...

  12. Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for doing this recipe swap!! There are such wonderful recipes being posted! Your Grilled Pesto Chicken Packets sound really good, too!!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

    Did you say that my list sounds like "Menu for a Party just waiting to happen"? Hmmmm, hadn't thought of that, but WHAT a good idea!!!

    Watch for something NEW on our Blog later this week!! May be a PARTY in the making!!!

    Jan "signed up" on a special post we had - but I deleted it, to start tomorrow and NOT interfere with this please come back to our blog tomorrow and sign-up again!

  13. Kathy, I'm showing a recipe for cooked cucumbers that is absolutely delish!! Yours looks scrumptious, sweet chick!! I'll try it for sure,

  14. This morning I am offering a real quickie recipe for refreshing Artichoke Heart Salad. Ca't wait to sample all the others listed!

  15. I posted about the easiest Blackberry Delight that you will ever taste!

  16. I have been collecting my recipes this morning and what gorgeous ones they are. Thanks for this Kathy, what an inspiration. I have already selected a few to make for tonight's dinner. Karen

  17. Look how gourmet all of these are! Fresh ingredients that read like a magazine! Yours looks really wonderful and easy...can I have a bite?

  18. Hi Kathy, what a great idea for a recipe swap. Yours sound and looks so delish. It will be fun to visit all the others with there special summer dishes too.
    Thank you for sharing. Your blog is lovely and look forward to visiting again.
    Hugs to you!
    la re rose

  19. What a great idea for a swap... perfect in the summer when we all may be running out of creative things to try! My mom is Heidi, and keeps telling me about this swap, but I have been so busy lately and didn't get in on it in time.. but I do love reading everyone else's recipes!!! :) xoxox!

  20. Hi Kathy, I just want to tell you that this was an incredibly fabulous idea!!!! I have visited everyone's blog this morning & have copied off each & every recipe!! These ladies are great cooks!...with wonderful recipes!!! I thank you & my family thanks you!!! We are going to enjoy a very delicious summer!...Your friend, Heidi XO

  21. What a great idea. I'm sharing a recipe for Cold Avocado Soup over at my blog.


  22. Sorry I didn't have time this weekend to cook something special for the swap Kathy -- we had graduation parties and a special birthday party to attend --
    but I'm enjoying visiting everyone's blogs to look at their recipes!

    Thanks for hosting this --great idea, and lots of wonderful easy w recipes to try!

    Hugs, Pat

  23. How fun! Thanks for this great swap!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

  24. Hey Kathy , I just now put a recipe on my blog, cause I couldn't think of anything else to put on it, and then I found out your having a swap. That worked out real good .Come see me everybody !

  25. Hi Kathy...

    I have ONE MORE recipe - the cooler weather of today (70), made me think of this easy dinner.

    Macaroni & Cheese

    Check out the recipe!!!

    Mine is in the oven right now...another 30 minutes to bake and by then, Tom will be home...and time to eat!!!


  26. I totaly love this! 3 of my faves are posted. No pictures, yet but I should get them up this week. Enjoy!

  27. What a great swap! You are making me hungry.. and it looks so simple.


  28. Hi Kathy,
    I'm not the best cook in the world, so it's probably best if I don't share... But that chicken and vegie recipe looks very similar to one my hubby use to make in the boyscouts. They used ground beef instead of chicken, and cabbage instead of tomatoes (and no pesto). It's really, really good.
    Patricia :o)

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  31. Hi, I don't have a recipe to share, wanted to say thanks for ythe recipe you posted...looks delicious and seems easy to make.-I am all about easy when it comes to cooking!

    Have a great day!

  32. Hi Kathy,
    So glad I stopped by for the recipe thingy. I did post a recipe for fried chicken the other day but it is neither easy or healthy but is was so darn good,,if I do say so myself.
    Great idea.

  33. Wow, that looks so yummy and nutritious...yummmmmmeeeeee!!!!

  34. What fun! I can see this is going to take me awhile to link through, but it looks rewarding!

    Great idea!


  35. Ooo, that looks yummy, and so easy! Thanks for sharing. :)

  36. That's a great grilling idea. Sounds yummy and so easy to do and clean up.
    I enjoyed my visit, thanks for sharing.

  37. Yum what a great idea Kathy.

    I like to take some tomatoes cut them up, sprinkle with some olive oil, garlic powder and black pepper and put it on some sourdough bread with a little feta on top. Makes a nice quick little lunch or cut the bread into bite sized pieces and you have a little appetizer.

    Kathy :)

  38. Ok, I just fainted! that looks so Good! Thanks for sharing!
    Sandra Evertson

  39. Thanks for putting this together. So much delicious food to look foward to this summer. YUM!

  40. I'm not a great cook but I'm sure enjoying reading all these wonder recipes! Thank you. Blessings.. Polly (p.s. Have a wonderful 4th of July. Oh, and I've posted a FREE 4th of July banner if anybody would like one)

  41. Kathy

    Isn't this great, I'll be visiting recipes all week!

  42. Hi Kathy, I keep finding new recipes on this post. Wonderful. I have tagged you for some fun. When you get a chance stop by and read about your challenge. Karen

  43. This ooks yummy and fits a lot of my criteria for a summer meal. I will check out all the others too. Nice blog - I am bookmarking you for future visits!

  44. Hi Kathy -
    What a great recipe! I think I may try it for friends who are coming over Saturday evening. It would be such an easy way to go and so delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for leaving your sweet comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos of God's handiwork in my part of the world. Didn't He do a good job? And, yes, we are going to enjoy our new fire pit. A lot. We're looking forward to spending time out there in the fall when the evenings turn cool and crisp. My sweetheart and I, a warm fire, a cup of cocoa and some marshmallows to roast! Until then we will enjoy it during the summer nights, too.

  45. Wow that looks so good; and so many awesome recipes to try this summer!

    Have a blessed 4th.


  46. yummy stuff here!

    happy fourth!



  47. Oh my gosh that looks soooo good and I will make it for sure! I'm starving now ;-)

    I just made a salad I saw on a blog yesterday:
    1 can corn drained (I used box of frozen corn
    1 red pepper diced
    1 tomato drained and diced
    1 cucumber seeded and diced
    2 stalks celery diced

    Mix with creamy Italian dressing. I used Newman's Creamy Caesar.
    Optional: add S&P to taste, fresh snipped parsley or basil. Chill.
    I did a taste test and it is yummy.

  48. I have my mother's coleslaw recipe and my potato salad recipe posted on my blog. Both are great side salads when you are bbq-ing. Here is a direct link to the post:

    Gill from Canada

  49. Sorry I didn't have time to enter the recipe swap. That chicken looks gereat and I am always looking for healthy recipes. I'll bw trying that one for sure!
    Hugs, Rhondi


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