Sunday, 5 August 2012

Crazy summer food ideas

Well, this has most certainly been one craaaaazy summer of stress and fun.
There's honestly not a lot of home cooking going on and I especially miss baking (and eating it).  I had a hankering for a chocolate chip cookie for weeks!  Thought I found what I was looking for at an Irving (Circle K) but the very next day I wanted more, so I guess those cookies didn't scratch my itch.  I don't often walk through the bakery section of my local grocery stores, but I did a couple of days ago and there was a pack of Gourmet Chocolate Chunk cookies from Sobeys.  The ingredients were not listed.  They were baked in-store.  They were good!  They were good enough to satisfy. 

We're eating a lot of our meals out of the grocery stores these days when we need to get out for showings of the house (it's for sale), work to be done on it and general summer fun.  I got the usual down pat.  I'm practicing for our long journey across the country in a few weeks.

Not my picture, but I love it!

I'm talking healthy choices that don't require cooking and maybe minimal heating or fiddling.  There are various breads and condiments (from PB&J to greek pita and hummus), a rotisserie chicken, bagged salads and pre-washed veggies to munch on and more (that I can't bring to mind right now, it's been a long day / week / month and it's going to be a long seven weeks ahead).  Fruit and cheeses.  Yogurt.

I'm looking for more of your ideas!  I'm often soliciting ideas from you and I do love your feedback.

I would like to know what you grab from the grocery store to eat as is or creatively throw together for a yummy meal.  What are your shortcuts?  Whether you're on a long drive and eating most of your meals picnic-style or rushing home after a long day of work, what do you turn to?  What are your fall-back meals?  Tell me everything!


  1. We like mini bagel sandwiches, fruit and veggies, humus with pita chips, muffins and rice crispie squares.

  2. I am trying this from my iPad. Fingers crossed...
    I'm not sure if it works financially since I don't have four kids to consider, but our face easy but healthy meal is rotisserie chicken wraps - lots of veggies, cheese and Cesar salad dressing, maybe a splash of Franks hot sauce. Easy supper plus leftovers for lunch. It's one of the things I put in my cart if I stop for groceries after work. That or shrimp stir fry - a bag of precooked shrimp, baby bok choy, mushrooms and some Thai Chili sauce - serve over udon noodles. It's what I have when hubby is working Afternoon shifts and I'm smug enough that I'm not eating HaagenDaz for dinner... :)


    1. Mmmmm HaagenDaz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thanks for the ideas, strem.

  3. Nice blog. Good luck with your move. I am following you now. Please drop by to Carole's Chatter and check it out. You might like my Food on Friday series which focuses on a different ingredient. Last week it was Berries and Currants. This week it is pork. If you like my blog it would be great if you followed me back. Have a good week.

  4. How about trail mix made by ingredients you pick up in the bulk section? I have my own dried fruit that you are welcome to stock up on when(haha) you drop by my house on your way across Canada.

    I have a recipe for home made granola bars too... but if you aren't cooking that would be hard.

  5. Freeze your juices and food you are going to be using later in the trip..... instead of using ice.... that way you don't waste cooler room. Sandwiches freeze well, on bagels or buns so that they are less likely to fall apart. Frozen fruit, like grapes, pineapple pieces, melon etc are great for the kids as they will cool them off and I always find they taste sweeter frozen.

  6. You haven't posted for a while. Hope things are ok with you. Cheers

    PS I know you have probably been busy. Just a wee reminder that it would be great if you followed Carole's Chatter back. Cheers