WFMW: Summer Cooking Tip

I don’t know about y’all, but by the time dinner rolls around at my house in my part of Texas, it is hot outside. Like a million degrees, give or take one or two. The last thing I want to do, is bake at 350 (no offense, Bridget).

Here’s what we’ve been doing: bulk grilling.

I marinated a couple of pounds, seasoned another pound and put barbeque sauce on a couple of pounds. I grilled them (or my hubby did to be exact) and we just used the grilled meat in different recipes all week.

*Only this is a reprint from last summer, and while I love the tip, we eat vegan/vegetarian dinners now to help my hubby with his diabetes. So, basically, I cook brown rice in bulk and heat up veggie patties. Or smeat, as some like to call it. Sorry if I killed your appetite.

Hope it works for you!

View WFMW guidelines here.


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    I’m a new follower. I was in Texas last week and it was stinking hot and humid. I live in Southern California and it can get hot but never humid! Linking up. Thanks for the hop

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    We eat fish at most but are also vegan for part of the year. I want to encourage you to branch out beyond just the rice and faux meats out there. Quinoa is a phenomenal grain that provides 7 g. of protein, 10% of the daily value for iron and very few calories for one cup (cooked). That is only one example but it can be a healthy lifestyle – and a tasty way of eating! Look at cookbooks for asian foods, mid-eastern foods, Indian… Good luck on your journey.

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    I do more freezer cooking in the summer so I have less days spent with an oven on in our kitchen. It’s a longer cooking session, but pays off when I don’t have to cook in the evenings!

    Thanks for hosting!

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    Great tips, I hope you’re on the mend.I’m doing lots of make ahead and freezer cooking to spend more time with family and less time in the kitchen. thanks for hosting!

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    A couple of my favorite vegan/vegetarian grilling ideas: Kabobs (Seitan is decent, and easy to make yourself. Try the PPK recipe if you’re interested. has a few good recipes too. Anyway, seitan is good with BBQ sauce. I also LOVE maple-balsamic grilled seitan. I don’t make it often, because that would require actual planning, and I–unfortunately–tend to get to 4:30, and think “What on earth are we having for dinner!? GAH!). Another one we really like is grilled pita pizzas. I top with hummus, olives, red onion, sliced roma tomatoes, red bell pepper, and feta if you want cheese. A sprinkle of slivered basil is good too.

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    What a SMART idea!
    I used to do Once a Month Cooking–long ago…and that was one of the best, organized things I have done. a lot of work though. I may introduce it slowly, again.
    We are now vegetarian/vegan (we do eat fish), too!
    For our health.
    I prayed for you just now…
    P.S. Apparently, I shouldn’t type when my coffee hasn’t kicked in. Link #136 is mine. And it goes nowhere. DOH!

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    Please enjoy the heat! I live in Minnesota and June is always around 70 degrees. It sounds nice but by June I just want to be at the pool. 70 degrees and swimming = cold kids! I keep telling my husband we need to move south. I want heat!

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    I can only imagine all that you are feeling. Ten years ago I lost both of my parents 3 months apart and then a few months later had a sudden strange health scare myself. Thankfully it resolved itself and I am fine so far. That scare shook me more than my parents deaths so close. I think I was raw and then new mortality real closely at that time and was worried. It took me a good long while to mentally get over it. Don’t be too hard on yourself for feeling vulnerable. It is so natural right now for you.

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    Although it’s been relatively cool so far in California, this week summer is finally here. As much as I love cooking, that enthusiasm evaporates quickly in this heat. We do lots of vegetarian meals — due to both budget and health. The grill is great for veggies .. though I think we need a second grill basket — one doesn’t seem enough with two teenage boys in the house!

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