Summer Time Menus

They say that these hot days are only going to get hotter as we near the “dog days” in August. So I’m pretty sure that as long as we aren’t using the A/C in our house, as temperatures continue to rise, eating soup or spaghetti is going to sound less and less appealing in the evenings when our house averages 85 degrees, and I’m thinking it is time to turn to those summer time standbys on our menu and things like pasta salad and tomato cucumber sandwiches are likely to be popular for a good while now.


I like variety, though, and here’s a couple things I’m putting on our summer menus:


Blue Berry Banana Bread 

I found this recipe last summer for vegan banana bread, and it is not only simple, but it also doesn’t have to have any soy and it is still moist and yummy! I have put blackberries in it as well, and if you don’t mind seeds, I’d almost say I like it best. It is great for a quick breakfast with yogurt and fruit, and works wonderfully as a part of supper. We’re having it with watermelon tonight!



We love frozen grapes. I may not actually put them on the sticks, but what a fun way to add some variety to frozen grapes!


Pineapple Dreams

When I saw the picture that accompanies this recipe, I couldn’t stop thinking of ways to make it simple and veganize it. As it turns out, it wasn’t hard at all! I froze a can of pineapple (plus juice), and used a little bit of rice dream ice cream, a couple spoons of soy milk and a squeeze of lemon. It.was.amazing. I’m pretty sure that frozen milk would probably work just fine, and if you don’t have to worry about cutting the diary, the original recipe is likely scrumptious. I didn’t follow the steps and didn’t float ours, but it was a great way to wrap up the evening. I’ve also got plans to modify this julius recipe to be vegan and I’m thinking of it more like an orange variation on this theme.


Creamy Avocado Potato Salad

The picture is good enough to eat. I’m just waiting to get my hands on some reasonably priced avocados, and I’m probably going to add a tiny bit of pickles. Because potato salad needs pickles!


Black Bean & Yam Burgers

I may serve this more traditionally, but yams are incredibly cheap in the summer time here, and hot days make veggie-filled burgers extra good.


Cabbage Salad

It is a recipe in my head that I tried somewhere and don’t know exactly what it is called… but it has finely shredded cabbage, slivered, toasted almonds, ramen noodles and a seasame type dressing tossed over it. It sits over night and it is so, so good.


What’s cooking in your homes this summer?



  1. Kirsten D. says

    Oh, I have that cabbage salad recipe and all of the ingredients in my refrigerator and pantry to make soon! I’d love to have you over to share some. :-) You’d probably be ready for the soup and spaghetti, though – our temperatures are in the lower 50’s this week. ;-)

  2. says

    Mmm…all that looks wonderful! We make that cabbage salad too, and just call it Chinese salad. :) The husband and I love sandwiches and veggie wraps for summer time. Instead of cold cuts all the time, sometimes I will grill or skillet fry chicken breasts and they are good as cold leftovers for sandwiches and wraps. ;)

  3. says

    Must try that avocado potato salad! And yes, potato salad needs pickles. Amen.
    We eat a lot of salads (green, taco, etc) and grill because my hubby doesn’t like hot, heavy foods in the summer. We eat a lot of sandwiches. BLT’s, chicken club, and the like. Last night I roasted fingerling potatoes and cauliflower in balsamic vinegar & olive oil, and served it with grilled corn and homemade herb butter. (Basil, rosemary, and garlic) It was mighty tasty!

  4. says

    All those sound yummy! I may just have to “steal” some of your ideas, because I’m running out of them especially being so busy ;)

  5. Samantha r says

    Sounds delicious!

    We made “sweet potato” fries the other day and they were delicious and a great summer time treat too.

    And you’re right, potato salad needs pickles!!

    Those Pineapple dreams look heavenly.

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