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Summertime Recipes

by P.R. Cooking 3 months ago in recipe

Ideas on cool/cold summer recipes.

Summertime Recipes

Want some recipes for summertime that are cool and simple, well I have the perfect story for you then. Summer is the best time for fresh produce.

Crockpot Lasagna

  • 32oz of plain ricotta cheese
  • Lasagna noodles
  • 2 bottles of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 bag already grated mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Veggies (optional)
  • Meat (optional)
  • 2 eggs

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the ricotta, 1 and a 1/2 handfuls of mozzarella, eggs, and salt and pepper together, and set the bowl aside. If you're using meat or veggies, now will be time to cook them. Okay now you can use no-boil noodles, or you can boil the noodles (I use boiled noodles, I don't like the texture of the no-boil noodles).

In your crockpot put a good layer of sauce on the bottom. Put a layer of noodles, it's okay if you need to cut them to fit. Put a layer of ricotta and mozzarella, and then the meat or veggies if you selected any. More noodles, and then a layer of sauce, and more noodles. Now, these two layers repeat them until your crockpot is completely full. Once done, put a little bit of sauce on top and a good amount of mozzarella.

Put the lasagna to cook. Low heat if you're going to cook it more than seven hours, high heat if less than six hours. To tell when it's done, use a knife and poke it to the bottom—if the knife comes out clean it done. Once it is done let it sit for 20 minutes, then Enjoy!

Crockpot Meat

Take your favorite piece of meat—a nice clean cut, piece of meat, and put it in your crockpot, and use low sodium vegetable broth, and cover the meat by half, and then cover the rest of the meat with water. Add your favorite spices. Cook on low or high depends on your schedule. You know when it is done when it falls apart.

Use it how you want. Tacos, crockpot enchiladas, tostadas, over toast, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, your pick.

Barbecuing is a really popular summertime thing to do. It is one of my favorite things to do, summertime or not.

The best thing during summer is a cold dessert without using the oven.

No-bake cheesecake

  • Pre-made graham cracker crust
  • 3 cups cream cheese
  • 1/2 or 3/4 cups sugar (depends on how sweet you want)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder

In a measuring cup, measure the milk, and put it in the microwave and warm it. Once it is warmed add in the gelatin, and stir. Set aside.

In a saucepan, add in the cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar. And on medium-low heat warm the mixture, and whisk it until smooth. Add in the gelatin and milk mixture. On medium heat, whisk the cream cheese with the milk mixture. Once the gelatin is completely dissolved (only takes a minute or so) turn off the heat, and allow the mixture to cool. Pour into the crust, and put it into the fridge and chill for seven hours. Serve with any toppings you like (please note gelatin is not vegetarian).

Homemade popsicles are the best fruit with a tiny bit of water blended til smooth, and frozen into pops. Your favorite soda or juice poured into popsicles molds, and frozen makes "Adult popsicles."

Fruit salad with a simple dressing

  • 1/4 cup of Honey
  • 3 limes or 2 lemons
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Your favorite fruits

Zest one lemon and juice both lemons, or zest 2 limes and juice all three. In a mason jar or a bowl with a whisk, add the zest and juice you choose, honey, and cinnamon. Shake or mix and pour over your fruit.

Enjoy these few recipes. Until next time!

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