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30-Minute Ginger Beef Tacos with Peanut Sauce: A fast and delicious recipe for ground beef cooked up with ginger, topped with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger-peanut sauce that is to die for!

30-Minute Ginger Beef Tacos with Peanut Sauce | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

I think by now we’ve established that I am not a meal planner.  I want to be!  Maybe some day I’ll get it together.  For now, I’m kind of winging it with dinner.

I think there are a lot of us super-busy, not-so-organized and winging-it-people out there, and guess what?  I want to make our last minute ‘what’s for dinner’ freak-outs a little easier to deal with.  Also: a lot more exciting!

So guess what you’re going to be seeing around here?  Lots and lots of 30-minute dinners.  Definitely some more one-pot dinners.  And more slow cooker recipes (which admittedly do take a bit more organization but make dinners SO much easier).  Easy dinners with little effort and lots of flavor.

And guess what you’re not going to see around here: crazy ingredients you need to Google, or that will send you across the city to seek out ingredients.  Also: the same old fall-back last-minute dinner foods.  Let’s mix it up!  What do you think?

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Salmon Souvlaki Skewers with Feta Yogurt Sauce : a simple and delicious dinner that comes together in 30 minutes!  Salmon, bell peppers, onions and lemon slices are grilled up and served with a creamy feta yogurt sauce and pita wedges.

Salmon Souvlaki Skewers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

I kind of want to call this the summer of the barbecue.  And the summer of the skewers.  Because there has been a TON of barbecuing happening here, and ever since we got these cool metal skewers (^), we’ve been throwing more than just some shrimp on the barbie 😉

Part of the reason for the massive amounts of barbecuing we’ve been doing (other than less dishes to wash!) is that it has actually been quite warm here, and Ben is slightly crazy about keeping the house warm.  Translation: I’m not allowed to turn on the oven.

The other day, I told him I have to bake some cookies for the blog.  He actually asked me if I could cook them on the BBQ, I kid you not!  I’m actually kind of curious…will it grill?  (Now I’m thinking that I should create a new blog series called ‘Will it Grill?’…ha ha ha!)

Anyway, grilled cookies aside, these salmon skewers were the latest thing to be skewered and grilled.  And I just can’t get over how easy they were to prepare and how delicious they were to eat!

Salmon Souvlaki Skewers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

These salmon skewers are so simple…bell peppers, lemons slices, red onion, and salmon cubes on a skewer, showered with pepper, and grilled up.  The magic to this dish is in the sauce…a yogurt and feta sauce with a touch of garlic and lemon.  That sauce brings a TON of flavor to the skewers.

So.  A simple and easy oven-less recipe that is ready in 30 minutes.  And it’s healthy for you!  And there’s almost no dishes!

Simple is almost always better in my book.  What do you think?

Head on over to Real Housemoms, where I’m sharing my recipe!

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Lemon Meringue Pie Sundaes

Lemon Meringue Pie Sundaes: Big scoops of vanilla ice cream, lemon curd, whipped cream, a big cinnamon sugar crust shard, and a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs.  That’s all it takes for this simple, refreshing, delicious dessert recipe!

Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream Sundaes | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffronGuys, I just had the most perfect moment, and I had to share it with you!

I had just gotten home from a long day at work.  It was 30°C (86°F).  Ben was making dinner (YES!!)  Picture me, relaxing on a deck lounger while Kai plays beside me.  An airplane flies over, Kai gets scared and climbs on me.  And we cuddle, pointing at the birds, the airplane track in the sky, blowing kisses to Daddy who is in the window.  Sigh.  If that isn’t a perfect moment, I don’t know what is.  All I need is my snuggly toddler, a deck lounger, some warm weather, and Ben making dinner (ha!).

Do you ever have those moments?  The ones where you truly feel like you are present, and enjoying what is happening at that exact second?  Not thinking about tomorrow, or what’s on your to-do list…just happy.  In that exact moment.

I don’t have nearly enough of those moments, and I am going to strive for more!

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An easy cheesy zucchini quiche with creamy ricotta and crumbled walnuts.  Perfect for brunch or dinner!
Zucchini Ricotta Quiche with Crumbled Walnuts | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

Is there a specific food that reminds you of summer?  If I had to pick one, I’d say corn.  If I’m allowed to pick another, I’d say cherries!  And I get one more, I guess I’d have to say zucchini.  Grudgingly.

I’m not picking zucchini because I love it like corn or cherries.  I mean, zucchini…I don’t think it’s anyone’s favorite food, is it?  It’s just kind of…there in the summer.  There was always zucchini coming out of Mom’s garden growing up.

And these days, it’s one of the only things I can actually grow in my garden.  In fact it grows almost too well.  I have picked zucchinis the length of my forearm before, and secretly am hoping for some more.

That’s because even though zucchini isn’t super deliciously wonderful on its own, it has potential.  Especially if there is lots of cheese involved 😉

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