5 Easy Summer Recipes!



Makes: 4 to 6 servings

2 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, or 1 (28-ounce) can

4 tablespoons oil (I now use sunflower)

4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

½-1 cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 medium onion, or several scallions

1 small green pepper, cored and seeded

Salt and pepper, to taste

Place tomatoes with juice, plus oil and vinegar, in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop tomatoes. Turn into a bowl or storage container.

Chop cucumber, onion or scallions, and green pepper fairly small to get several pieces in each spoonful. Stir into the tomato mixture. I don’t season further, but you may want to. Chill.


Serves: 4 to 5 as Sloppy Joes, or over rice or noodles

This was originally made with hamburger, but I prefer turkey. Tastes great.

1 tablespoon oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

½ green pepper, chopped

1 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ tablespoon mustard

Brown the ground turkey and chopped vegetables in oil spread in a large, heavy skillet. Stir in sauce ingredients and simmer, covered, at least an hour on low heat, to blend the flavors.


This is a low-calorie approach to a tasty meal for two.

1 Cornish game hen, a little over a pound

Sprig of fresh rosemary, optional

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon rice or wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

Pinch of ground ginger

Cut the hen in half; place on a baking pan, skin side up. Tuck a piece of rosemary underneath each half for a lovely aroma while cooking. Roast 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

Combine glaze ingredients well. Brush all over the hen and roast another 10 minutes or so, to brown skin and cook through.


Serves: 4 to 6

1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes

1 (3 ounce) box strawberry gelatin

1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice

¼ cup water

Place all in a saucepan and heat, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Turn into a small mold or individual molds. Chill until set.


Welch’s came up with this idea for nonalcoholic drinkers and children. I prefer having cold ingredients and skipping the ice.

White grape juice

Ginger ale

Fill a glass with ice; pour in 2/3 grape juice and 1/3 ginger ale. Stir.

For a bigger batch, blend a bottle of grape juice with ginger ale to taste.

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