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Summer is here, and it is an amazing time to try out some food from your backyard or the local farm. Not only are farm to table meals delicious, but they are also fresh and healthy. The challenge that most people face when preparing a nice summer meal is in knowing what ingredients to use, and why. Luckily, the internet is a one-stop-shop for recipes and if you have the time, you can pretty much learn how to make even the most exotic cuisine in just a few hours. For instance, when looking to make summertime soup, you would find Taste of Home to be a very useful resource. With hundreds of recipes that you can try out this summer, it is easy to end up in a situation of analysis paralysis To save you from such a predicament, here are the top 3 summertime farmhouse meal recipes to try out.
Summer Vegetable Soup
To make a soup like this one, you need to scout your local farmer's market and check whether they have a lot vegetable variety. Once you have established this fact, the next step is to follow this recipe to the letter. Of course, you can always add some variations to try out a more personalized taste. It all boils down to your passion and creativity. That said, below is the recipe.
Starting with the ingredients, you need to have the following:
- 1 small onion that is thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup of fresh green beans
- 1/2 cup of cubed red potato
- 1/4 cup of chopped pepper
- 1/2 cup of peeled tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup of sliced zucchini
- 1 can of drained navy beans
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground turmeric
- 1/4 cup of cut celery leaves
Once you have the ingredients ready, saute the onion in a large saucepan until it's tender. From there, add the other ingredients and let them boil. Next, reduce the heat, cover it, and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes. You can watch it until the vegetables get tender. Lastly, add the celery leaves plus the tomato paste and stir. Wait for 5 minutes then enjoy your soup.
Tuscan Farmhouse Bolognese
To make this, you need the following ingredients:
- 1 pound of lean ground beef
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 pints of roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 1/2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup mix parsley, oregano, basil, chopped
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- grated Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package instructions. While that's cooking, brown the beef in a skillet for 6-10 minutes. Remove the cooked beef and set aside. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until they begin to soften and turn golden color in about 3 minutes. Add 3/4 of the diced tomatoes and let cook about 5 minutes, or when they start let out their juices. Pour in the broth and lower temperature to a simmer. Add the chopped herbs, cinnamon, bay leaf and ground beef. Simmer a few minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Toss in the spaghetti with the sauce. Lastly, top with red pepper flakes, drizzled olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese. By the way, if have trouble with your spaghetti sauce being too thin, take a look here on how to thicken tomato sauce.
Farmhouse Chicken Chopped Salad
To make this salad, you need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of shredded romaine lettuce
- 2 cups of chopped cabbage
- 1 cup of shredded carrot
- 1 cup of shredded kale
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
- 8 ounces of grilled chicken breasts
- 3 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 cup of diced avocado
- 1/3 cup of Florida orange juice
- 2 tablespoons of spicy mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 4- 5 drops of sriracha sauce
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
Rinse and cut up your lettuce, cabbage, and kale. Shred carrot and mix together with your greens mixture. Sprinkle on sunflower seeds. Slice the chicken into bite size pieces and lay across top. Next, sprinkle bacon over top of salad. Arrange avocado beside the chicken.
Now let's make the dressing with the remaining ingredients. In bowl, add the juice, mustard, honey, sriracha sauce, mayo, and dash of sea salt and ground black pepper. Mix them together with a whisk until thoroughly blended. Pour dressing into a dressing bottle or drizzle over salad.
Salads are versatile; you can change out ingredients depending on what's in season. That's part of farmhouse living, using what's on hand from the garden or local farmer's market. Not fond of avocado? Add sliced boiled eggs instead. Or, add more color with sliced red onion and halved cherry tomatoes. Add croutons to satisfy your carb cravings.