Summer Recipes

Here’s a couple recipes I like in the summer.   The skillet dinner recipe I made up while trying to get creative at a camp out.  I was tired of  wiener roasts and pudgy pie pizza.  The first time I did it, I put 1 whole pork burger in a foil packet with the veggies (or similar combination of veggies).  Because there was a lot of raw meat, I didn’t flip it over until I was sure the meat was done.  Then I flipped it to finish the veggies off.    The smoothy recipe is really your basic smoothy recipe- adjust as needed to suit your taste.  If plain yogurt is too sour for you, vanilla yogurt is great too.   You can also use any yogurt flavor that will compliment the fruit combination.   Bananas are important to make a smoothy creamy and a great way to mask the chalkiness of soy protein.  But, if you’re not into bananas, by all means eave it out!   Soy protein and eggs are the source of protein to help keep hunger away until lunch.  If you’re making a smoothy to be in addition to other breakfast foods that have protein, there is no need to include them.





Skillet Dinner over open fire or grill


Per serving you will need


A cast iron skillet big enough to hold all the servings or heavy aluminum foil to make packets per person.  Foil to cover the pan


  • margarine (butter burns too easily to use on an open flame)
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup meat – in bite size pieces (I prefer ground pork or sausage but anything will work)
  • 1/2 of a medium potato, scrubbed and cubed or sliced
  • 1/4 of a carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 of an onion, peeled and sliced or diced
  • 2 wide strips of bell pepper cut into chunks (I prefer red bells)
  • 1/4 of a young zucchini (6-8 inch size) sliced
  • 1 mushroom, sliced
  • salt and pepper (or garlic salt) to taste


Note – the vegetables can be changed to suit your taste.


Rub margarine on bottom and sides of skillet or cover a 12 inch piece of foil (I do this before the skillet is warmed so I can get a nice layer of margarine to prevent burning).  Place meat in bottom of pan (it will need the most heat to cook from raw) and then add other ingredients in order.  If using a skillet, cover it tightly with foil.  If using just foil,  fold the foil as if you were wrapping something in freezer paper (pull up 2 sides and fold together.  Continue folding until you reach the ingredients.  Then fold both ends like you would a paper lunch sack.).  Place skillet or packets right on the burning logs if you can.  Or put your cooking grid as low as possible.  If using your grill, put it on high heat or really hot charcoal.  Walk away for about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and check for doneness.  If the potatoes are soft and meat is done, you can eat!!  If not, stir and return to the fire.  Foil packets must be opened carefully to avoid tearing the foil and to avoid steam burns.  If they are not done, re-wrap tightly and turn over instead of stirring.  Enjoy!


Breakfast Smoothies


To serve my family of 5


1/2 ice cube tray of ice

1 cup yogurt

1-3 Tbl soy protein or 2 eggs (optional- note -the eggs will remain raw)

1or more cups fresh or frozen fruit (strawberries, pineapple, mango, blueberries, whatever)

1 banana

Honey to taste

Milk or milk substitute to make desired thinness


Combine all in blender.  Blend until smooth.  Serve in tall glass with a straw!


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