Free Meal Plan: Sizzling Beef with Scallions and Black Bean sauce

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Summer is about travel, and this summer, I’ve been on the road for the last month and a half, eating my way through ten states out of the back of my car.  This article is actually coming to you from the backseat of a Chevy Traverse in the middle of California, with three fellow bloggers as we make our way home from BlogHer in San Diego.  As I’m looking over these recipes, I can’t help but dream about being home to cook in my own kitchen again.  Enjoy!


Free Meal Plan: Bacon Fried RiceIf there’s one thing I’ve learned this summer, it’s that America loves bacon. There has been bacon everywhere-in sandwiches, on salads, in burgers, and heaped at breakfast bars. This recipe for bacon fried rice sounds delicious, even though after a month and a half of bacon everywhere, I’m getting a little tired of it.

Bacon Fried Rice

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Free Meal Plan: Beef FajitasI love fajitas, mostly because they are fast, easy, keep the kitchen cool, and people can fill their own tortillas however they like. The recipe from Windset Farms reminds me of the yummy fajitas we had in San Diego-full of fresh, delicious produce and spicy beef. Windset Farms produces some beautiful produce that makes dinner prep even easier!

Beef Fajitas

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Free Meal Plan: Peel and Eat Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail SauceEighteen years ago John and I honeymooned in Cairns, Australia and discovered the joys of peel and eat shrimp in a small Oceanside restaurant. Once Upon a Chef takes the idea one step further, by adding a home made cocktail sauce. Served with salad and crusty bread, you can make a wonderful light meal.

Peel and Eat Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

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Free Meal Plan: Grilled Salmon with Balsamic Rosemary GlazeSalmon lends itself to summer cooking well as it is a lighter meal and cooks quickly so you aren’t heating up your kitchen when the sun is sweltering outside. This glaze by Victory or Death in the Kitchen sounds delectable. I would invest in a really good quality balsamic vinegar to get the most wonderful flavour you can. Served with some roasted fingerling potatoes and grilled vegetables, you’d have a company worthy meal.

Grilled Salmon with Balsamic Rosemary Glaze

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Free Meal Plan: Sizzling Beef with Scallions and Black Bean sauceWhen I want something quick and painless, stir fries are my go to. Easy to make as well as change to suit your family, they make a good summer meal in a hurry. This one from Jamie Oliver gives you all the flavour of take out Chinese food without the large portions, calories, or expense!

Sizzling Beef with Scallions and Black Bean sauce

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