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Watermelon, Basil and Feta Summer Salad

8 Sep

We had a big Labor Day lunch with some friends, and my contribution was a watermelon. Always an easy fix for a last-minute lunch, especially during summer holidays. I had quite a bit left over that night, and I wanted something light for dinner (since we’d feasted on all kinds of hamburgers and ribs at lunch).

I went outside to water my overgrown basil plant and remembered a quick three-ingredient recipe I had read in Real Simple magazine a few months ago: watermelon, basil, and feta salad.

It took me about five minutes to make (including cutting up the leftover hunk of watermelon) and it was the perfect thing for a small, simple dinner.

simple and easy

Watermelon, Basil and Feta Summer Salad

Drizzle cut up watermelon with extra-virgin olive oil. Top with crumbled feta and sprinkle with torn basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper.

That’s it.

Although it is best to enjoy each bite while savoring the last bits of summer. So try to eat it outdoors, with your feet up, and a tall glass of something cool.

Real Food Wednesdays

Real Food Wednesday: Mini Veggie Frittatas

14 Jul

Mini Veggie Frittatas

These mini frittatas are super simple and a great way to spend a little weekend time preparing for the busy work week. I feel like I’m always running short on time in the mornings, so whenever I can make breakfast in advance, I go for it.

Frittatas are also a great way to use up extra eggs and vegetables that you don’t want to spoil. They’re a flexible recipe, so you can change them up depending on which ingredients you have around. Spinach, tomatoes, peppers, onions, even sausage or chopped up bacon will all work well as fillers.

You can also bake them a number of different ways–I like to use my silicone baking cups, but they work just as well in a buttered muffin pan (or even a pie/tart pan, if you’re having company over and want a regular frittata). Use them for a quick breakfast, or serve them as an appetizer or brunch side.

whisked frittata mix

Mini Veggie Frittatas


• 8 eggs
• pinch of black pepper
• pinch of kosher salt
• 2 tablespoons of milk or cream
• 1 medium tomato or 4-6 cherry tomatoes, diced
• two green onions, thinly sliced
• a bell pepper (any color), diced
• a handful of cheese (I used goat cheese)
• a generous pinch of chopped herbs (I used basil)

Set your oven at 370º F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs with the kosher salt and black pepper until smooth and frothy. Whisk in the milk (or cream), then add the veggies, herbs, and cheese and stir until well mixed.

Use a 1/4 measuring cup to fill your baking cups (or muffin tin) so they are 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes (until the egg is firm and just slightly browned on top).

ready to bake frittatas

Allow to cool, then place in a resealable bowl or bag and keep in the fridge. They’ll be good for 3-4 days (if they make it that long–I made these Sunday and they’re already gone, with a little help from Mr. Jones and his midnight cravings). To reheat, just place in the oven or a toaster oven for 2-3 minutes.

Real Food Wednesdays

Friday Faves: Memorial Day

28 May

Friday Faves, May 28

1 :: Add a fun splash of Memorial Day red to your day with this cherry pie chrysanthemum ring from Illy’s Etsy Shop.

2 :: Now that so many spring gardens are bursting with herbs, find a hundred ways to use them up with Martha’s favorite herb recipes.

3 :: This mock two-piece cabana dress from Old Navy is bright and comfy with fun nautical stripes.

4 :: Wondering what to do with that drink caddy from your weekend limeade stop? Make it into a sweet box full of flowers with this fun DIY from Dandee Designs (includes a free printable banner).

5 :: I discovered the Let’s Colour Project earlier this week and it made my day. The breathtaking music video (with the song “Go Do” by Jonsi) is absolutely stunning and every shot is filled with the actual people who painted the cities.

6 :: Travel + Patriotic Red & Blue = The perfect stationary on which to write about your Memorial Day weekend. This airmail letter set from Present&Correct comes complete with vintage labels and handprinted tags.

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