Seasonal Sundays (Week 23) Early June

Hellooooo, summer! Today we begin working our way through summer meal ideas, starting with the ever-important breakfast. You just might want to save this page, it'll stock your summer with healthy breakfast choices that'll nurture you all the way to ... well, pumpkins.
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

But first, a look back on the week that was.

You and we and nearly all of us have survived the upended months of March, April and May.

But this past week, we crossed the grim milestone of 100,000 lives lost in the US to the coronavirus, an impossible portion of the estimated 365,000 across the world. Day by day, I've tracked the numbers for the country and for Missouri, an odd but oddly effective coping mechanism. But my little Notes charts reveal that total US deaths doubled in just 30 days. It's unfathomable. And here in Missouri? Don't even get me started.

Still, it is the loss of a single life – George Floyd, an unarmed African American man – in my home state which careened our country into televised chaos. Suddenly it's not Mississippi Burning, it's Minnesota Burning.

All the big emojis here. Heavy Sighs. Breaking Hearts. Breathing Lungs. Clasped Hands. Raised Fists.

As many of you know, my father is 94. He served aboard three battleships in the Pacific near what would become the end of World War II and in the Army National Guard during the Cold War. This morning, I heard the sadness in his slow, slow words. "I used to think ... .... ... .... that this ... ... country ... ... ... could survive ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... anything." He paused a long while before finishing the thought. "Now, I'm ... ... ... ... ... ... ... not ... ... ... so sure."

Recommended Reading Letters from an American, especially the May 29th missive. "The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters."

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: An hour south of St. Louis is an area called Old Mines known for a distinct population of French Missourians with their own dialect and culture. Near St. Joachim Church and school is a peaceful cemetery with old iron crosses, a frequent stop when we have out-of-town visitors. This photo called to me this week in remembrance of so many lives lost, a single cross standing out from among all the others. Recommended Reading Old Mines on Wikipedia.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Everything Bagel Breakfast Salad, another easy healthy summer breakfast ♥ A Veggie Venture. High Protein. Low Carb. Easy Weekday Breakfast. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

Cook. Eat. Repeat.

Here's my appeal for mealtime minimalism, the idea that you don't have to think up a new breakfast or a new lunch every day. It's a way to think less about food rather than more. It's maintains that the ritual of healthy satisfying staples can fill you up in a way that the new and the novel cannot.

Magical Breakfast Cream ♥, just yogurt and a few stir-ins, from the French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook.

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

How to Poach a Perfect Egg ♥, the Cook's Illustrated technique. So easy, you'll never forget!

More Healthy Summer Breakfasts

Mexican Scrambled Eggs (Huevos Revueltos a la Mexicana), another healthy summer breakfast ♥ A Veggie Venture and the most popular eggs in Mexico according to Diana Kennedy. Simple & Seasonal. Low Carb. High Protein. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

Easy Green Chile Egg Casserole ♥ No bread! Just eggs, green chiles, bits of cheese and a surprising ingredient, cottage cheese. Vegetarian. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly!

Green Pepper Frittata, a riff on my master frittata recipe ♥ Perfect for late-summer breakfast. Low Carb. High Protein. Naturally Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Easy Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries & Bananas ♥, it's nutritious and ever-so-variable, sweetened with maple syrup or honey or sorghum or even a sugar-free syrup.

Your Reward? Bacon!

Baked Bacon ♥, how to cook bacon in the oven, so easy, soon you'll be bakin' bacon too!
  • THE RECIPE Baked Bacon, soon you'll be bakin' bacon too! tee hee ...

Or Maybe My Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake?!

Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake, another easy summer recipe ♥, moist and delicious with fresh or frozen blueberries. Rave reviews!

A Small Boost to the Consumer Economy

For weeks now, our household expenses have been 90% groceries, 10% other. When we were isolating at home, who needed anything besides, you know, TP, hand sanitizer and groceries?

And while we continue to isolate, maybe our cautious re-emergence is symbolized by small but momentous-feeling purchases ...

  • A SUMMER SKIRT! This is such a fun summer skirt from RipSkirt Hawaii, it's yoga pants for summer with nice fabric and skirt length, a little stretchy and super comfortable, a wrap skirt but not revealing. I'd definitely wear this in a business-casual environment but it's a great about-town skirt too, easy to dress down or up. I can easily imagine buying another ... and another.
  • WHIMSICAL OUTDOOR ART I splurged a little for a fun piece from Etsy, a school of fish in rustic metal for our new outdoor room.
  • COFFEE MAKER This is our second or maybe even third purchase of the same Cuisinart coffee maker. It's a real workhorse, the old one lasted six years, which means approximately 2200 pots and 26,000 cups of coffee, that 4.5 cents per pot and .004 per cup. Compare that, you know, to $3 for a plain coffee at Starbucks. Shocking, eh? For the record, we're also Folgers coffee people, the Cook's Illustrated-recommended Folger's 100% Colombian has been the house coffee for years and years and years.
  • MINI FOOD PROCESSOR While I was at it, I replaced my trusty little mini food processor with a new model, after struggling with a cracked blade for too long. While a small food processor in no way replaces a big Cuisinart, I use this little guy alllllll the time and am happy that there's a newer model of the same mini food processor, also from Cuisinart.
  • BTW my love affair with the Kona Non-Stick Grill Mats mentioned last week continues, I grilled dinner (especially vegetables!) outside four times this week! That's three times more than in an entire year or two or even three!

  • Just a reminder, I personally select everything that's mentioned here — nothing is sponsored, nothing is paid advertising. Oh and if you happen to buy something via a link to Amazon (just Amazon, no others), Kitchen Parade may earn a small commission. Zero pressure, just an FYI that's required by law and good manners. My Disclosure Promise

Soups & Salads Especially for June

Tired of the same-old salads? Check out Seasonal Soups & Salads for June, a monthly feature ♥ A Veggie Venture

What's New?!

Trying to eat more greens? Tired of the same-old spinach? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal recipes for Leafy Greens ♥ Savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, sandwiches to smoothies, simple to special. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.

This week I've been living and breathing rethinking and coding leafy greens, to say nothing of eating up the pounds of turnip greens, collard greens and mustard greens that appeared in our last grocery pickup.

It takes time to get these right, even though I've been building these pages for years. But in the last couple of months, have some new ideas on how to make them even more useful to regular readers but also to Google searchers who may be less confident/practiced in the kitchen.

Some of you maybe saw this when I published it earlier this week. But I've added even more to the page in subsequent days! And good news (I hope!) – more greens to come in the next few weeks!

Just Updated!

Braised Collard Greens, a fine southern tradition at New Year's ♥ WW Friendly. Vegan. Low Carb. Low Fat. Gluten Free.

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