June 5, 2008

Simple Summer Suppers

I mentioned recently that I have been revisiting some old issues of Cooking Light. Periodically, they put out a special edition magazine geared toward the season or a specific type of cooking. Back in the summer of 2005, it was Simple Summer Suppers. There are a ton of great looking recipes - with lots of pictures! For tonight's dinner, I made Penne with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers.

This was a really simple dinner to put together and hit the table within 25 minutes. I love meals like that! With summer upon us, fresh tomatoes will be in abundance before we know it and I was able to score some pretty decent plum tomatoes at the store this past week. I think using fresh in this recipe is the way to go. The flavors worked well together and reminded me of My Husband's Penne Arrabiatta. I really like the bit of saltiness from the capers and olives. I am not a fan of kalamata olives so I subbed black olives instead. I stirred in the freshly grated Parmesan right before serving and it added just the right extra touch of flavor to finish the dish. My Oldest was ok with it, My Youngest couldn't be bothered with the olives or tomatoes. He made a meal out of green beans tonight. At least a veggie go into his body. I'll take what I can get sometimes.

I thought it was a great meat-free dinner, which was what I wanted. I have Bunko tonight and didn't want to go on an empty stomach. I hope to get some more posts up over the weekend, as I have some fun things going on... but, bear with me as it's a busy one and they may not get done as fast as I want them to!

8 comments:

Kevin said...

That pasta sounds tasty. Simple meals are good during the summer when it is just so hot that you don't fell lie cooking.

Megan said...

Cant wait to see what you've been up to.
BTW- I tagged you!

Lisa said...

I love these delicious quick dinners. I play Bunko also...isn't it fun?

That Girl said...

I love that recipe! Sometimes meat just seems to heavy for summer

Patsyk said...

Kevin & That Girl - I agree, in the summer I tend to want to keep a couple of meals "meat-free" so that the feel lighter.

Lisa - I live for my monthly Bunko game! :)

Megan - thanks for the tag (I've gotten tagged 2 times for that meme now!)... I hope to get it done in the next couple of days!

EAT! said...

Don't you just love easy dinners. I'll be back checking your blog for more suggestions if our summer is going to be as hot as it was this weekend!!

Kristen said...

Quick and delicious dinners are the best. Thanks for sharing these!

Stacey said...

Yum! That looks like the perfect summer meal. (well maybe minus the olives for me!)

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