Happy 22nd day of the month! It’s time for another Recipe ReDux, and this month, members were challenged to come up with a recipe that the family can enjoy and get back into the routine of eating dinner together, after a summer of running every-which-way. My kids are grown, so the dinner table at my house is pretty quiet these days, no matter what time of year it is. Call me crazy, but I miss those days when the kids were finally home after weekends away with their friends, and summer jobs (and money to spend), and we sat down to eat as a family. It was my favorite part of the day. Strangely, even though I don’t “HAVE” to cook much anymore, – there is something about the end of summer and early fall that makes me want to start cooking again, even if it’s more for friends than family these days.
Because it’s still just a tad hot out here in AZ for a big, oven/stove cooked meal (105 degrees today), my back-to-the-dinner-table recipe is a quick, easy, and and mostly cold one. Sandwiches! Not just any old sandwiches mind you, but one that features my favorite sauce of all time – Tzatziki Sauce. This simple little sauce brightens up everything from raw vegetables, to salmon, to a simple grilled chicken and vegetable sandwich.
I know most people think sandwiches=lunch food, but let’s think outside the lunch box. Grilled chicken, lots of colorful, fresh vegetables, warm flatbread – sounds like all the makings of a dinner to me! The best thing about serving hearty sandwiches for dinner is that they’re easy, low maintenance, and they allow every member of the family to tailor them to their liking. Plus, no pots or pans to clean! It is, after all, still summer. We don’t want to jump in to the cooking thing too quickly.
You know I can’t make a meal that doesn’t serve multiple purposes too… Any leftover Tzatziki sauce is delightful as a fresh vegetable dip; the leftover flatbread is perfect for grilled pizzas another night, and if you have any leftover grilled chicken and vegetables, toss them with some orzo for my Greek Chicken Orzo Salad.
What brings everyone back to the table at your house? Don’t forget to check out the other great recipes from members to the Recipe ReDux!