Lettuce Bites

How cool are these lettuce bites? And, I mean common, can you get any easier than this? Last minute appetizer or side for any guest situation or just for yourself. Fresh veggies with a pinch of fresh lemon, I can smell the scent of spring and let me tell you, it smells like these lettuce bites! Make a bunch or just a few and munch on them all day long!

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • Lettuce

  • Olive oil

  • Lemon

  • Cilantro

Directions

I’m not going to tell you how much you need of each ingredient; you get creative and experiment with this one depending on how much you’re going to make! Mix olive oil, lemon juice, tomatoes, cilantro and cucumbers together. Add on top of lettuce leaves and serve.

Tip: I also like to add feta cheese to the mix, but decided to skip that this time around.

Ground Beef Tacos

Who’s in the mood for tacos? I love tacos because they’re quick, easy and fresh. You’ll hear me saying those 3 words a lot because that’s what we all want these days, right? Especially in the summer!

I like tacos because everyone at the table can make their own taco! If someone doesn’t like tomatoes they don’t have to use them because there are other toppings to choose from.

I like to keep it fresh and simple but you can really put anything you’d like in tacos!

What do you like to put in your tacos?

Ingredients

  • ½ pound of ground beef
  • 2 cups lettuce, cut
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup red onions, diced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups water

Directions 

1) Put ground beef in a heated pan, break apart the beef with a spatula and brown for about 10 minutes. Pour 2 cups of water over beef, close lid and simmer on low for about 20 minutes.

2) Once the beef is done, put in corn tortillas, add toppings and enjoy.

Makes 4 servings (2 tacos per person).

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Black Olive Pasta

I’m so excited to make one of my favorite pasta dishes for the 4th of July! This is so festive because it has the colors of red, white…and all you need to do is incorporate some blue around the table. My napkins have stripes of blue in them but really any pop of the color blue anywhere will work just fine!

A great side to the BBQ you’ll be grilling and if you feel like going vegetarian you’re going to want to make this in addition to your other favorite recipes and sides.

What are you making for the 4th of July?

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Black Olive Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bow tie pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 cup, diced, black olives

Directions

1)   Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender. Drain pasta into a large bowl.

2)   In a medium skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. As the tomatoes cook smash them with a fork or use a potato masher. Continue to cook until the tomatoes make a chunky style sauce. Add black olives and cook with tomatoes for about 2 minutes. Transfer the tomato sauce to the bowl with the pasta. Toss to combine. Add the basil leaves and mozzarella stirring while you add. Serve immediately.

Makes about 4 servings.