Our Favorite July Recipes


This article shares our family's favorite July recipes and the modifications that we make to make our two children happy too.

We love to expose them to a wide variety of flavors and types of foods but realize their palettes aren't quite ready to love everything. We always have them try new foods, but dont' require them to eat everything. We also make small modifications so that we don't have to make multiple meals.

Amazing Vegetarian Mains

Vegetable Quesadillas with Corn Relish

This was originally published in the Everyday Food Magazine in July/August issue form 2008 and is found on page 68.

We made the kids cheese quesadillas. I can't eat peppers because I have a nightshade plant sensitivity/allergy. Brady enjoyed the peppers and I didn't put them on mine. This was easy to modify!

Bulgar Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

This is an annual favorite. We have even turned this into a picnic salad that travels well before. (We keep the lettuce and dressing separate from the bulgar until we're ready to eat.)

This year I couldn't find Bulgar at our local grocery store. I substituted a packet of mushroom couscous. It wasn't as good because it was processed, but it worked in a pinch and was still a really enjoyable meal.

This was originally published in Everyday Food Magazine from July/August of 2007 on page 64

Meat-Based Mains:

We don't eat meat regularly but have it once or twice a week. These are some of our July favorites!

Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers

These were easy to modify for our two children, who don't love avocado. We just changed up their toppings!

This was originally published in the July-August issue of Everyday Food Magazine and on page 18

Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Croutons

We just love the simplicity of this recipe- especially timed with using fresh lettuce from our little backyard garden! We always use pole-caught tuna, ever since we learned about the high dolphin mortality rate that is caused by net-caught tuna. It is more expensive to purchase pole-caught tuna but we just slightly decrease how often we eat it so that it makes financial sense!

This recipe was originally published by Everyday Food Magazine in the July/August issue from 2008 and is found on page 94

Shells with Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella

This is always a hit. We've made this for people who have new babies and for our kids when they were little and now that they're big. It is always a favorite. It gets even better as local tomatoes ripen!

Originally found in Everyday Food Magazine July/August Issue of 2007 on page 60

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Banana Splits

This is one of my top favorite summer treats. This was our 4th of July Dessert. Here's how I make mine!

Banana split lengthwise and arranged on two sides of the bowl.

One scoop of vanilla ice cream with strawberry topping.

One scoop of chocolate ice cream with marshmallow fluff topping.

One more scoop of vanilla ice cream with canned crushed pineapple.

Top it all with whipped cream; drizzle with chocolate syrup and caramel sauce and a cherry, of course!

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