Sliced Cucumbers in Italian Dressing

This snack/side is as simple as it sounds, slice a cucumber and place it in Italian dressing. This is a light and flavorful side dish and a healthy snack. So consider serving this with your next meal.

  1. Wash cucumber(s). Slice. Place in a bowl. Cover with Italian dressing. Eat right way, or let sit overnight for more flavor.

Fresh Bacon Chicken Patty

I made extra chicken patties the other day when I made the chicken parm sandwiches, and I had some bacon on hand, so I had to make this beauty. It’s a very simple sandwich, but it’s incredibly filling and the flavor is full while not being fatty or greasy. It would be great for lunch or dinner, and even a great option for a cookout.

  1. Cook chicken patties as recommended on packaging.
  2. Cook bacon to your desired texture.
  3. Toast bread
  4. Layer on toast, chicken patty, a slice of American cheese, a slice of bacon split in half. Add torn lettuce, top with ranch dressing. Add mayo to your top piece of bread, close sandwich and enjoy!

Picnic/Cookout Foods

Happy 4th, even if you don’t celebrate! I’ve been working on this list for a couple days, but as gatherings are being allowed again where I am, and as the summer continues to roll in, I figured it be a good opportunity to get you a list of some summer cookout or picnic foods. I’ve made four categories: main courses, sides, snacks, and desserts. The pictures are also in order as they are listed below!

Main Course

Sides

Snacks

Desserts

Cucumber Pasta Salad

This cucumber salad recipe is light and refreshing. By letting the cucumber and onion sit in the vinegar, they get to absorb some of the tartness. However, paired with the pasta and other dressings, you end up with a flavorful and balanced side. It’s also very easy to make and you can easily double or triple it for your next cookout! It even tastes great the next day. I used 1 cup diced cucumbers, 1/4 cup shallots/onion, and 2 cups uncooked rotini.

  1. Dice up 2 small cucumbers, and 2 shallots. Add 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar, stir and set aside.
  2. Bring water in a large sauce pan to a boil. Add 16 oz rotini and cook for 15 minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Add pasta to cucumbers and onion. Add 1 1/4 cup mayo, 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard, and 2 Tbsp Italian dressing. Stir and serve.

Chicken Parm Sandwiches

This is a quick and easy meal. I used Aldi brand chicken patties, and they were very good. I used American cheese, and my sandwiches were assembled in less than 15 minutes. I recommend getting a good toast on your bread and adding the sauce to the chicken and cheese and not directly to the bread, or it will get soggy.

  1. Cook chicken patties as recommended on packaging.
  2. Toast your bread.
  3. In a sauce pan, add tomato sauce. Add 2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning. Stir and heat over very low heat until boiling.
  4. Stack your chicken with cheese and 2 Tbsp sauce, top with bread, and enjoy!