Seasonal Sundays (Week 21) Mid May

This week's featured spring-almost-summer recipes: Rhubarb. Snacks Before Supper. Potluck Salads. Plus readers' favorite recipes for May amid the usual collection of seasonal recipe ideas.

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Spring turning to summer means it's a week of firsts in the garden.

The first clematis. The first iris. The first roses.

But it's also a week of the lasts.

The last tulips. The last dogwood blossoms. The last of our beloved salad greens.

Is anyone else finding it hard to keep up? Not just in the garden but in general? Is everyone asking, "How is the year nearly half over?"

And how is the girl you first met when she was just eight now graduating from college?

As you read this, if life goes according to plan, we'll be just back from my husband's first and favorite granddaughter's graduation from engineering school, ready to put on her big-girl hardhat for her first job and the launch of her career.

Almost fifteen years ago, before her grandfather and I met, she was the BFF who popped over with my backdoor neighbor girl to taste that day's vegetables and called Glazed Turnips and Carrots "Wonderful". She's the bespectacled sweet girl here, "Wonderful" Glazed Turnips & Carrots.

It was something enough, when both girls graduated from high school. And now four years later, another graduation.

So Firsts and Lasts and the natural Circle of Life.

Recommended Activity: Dig out your own graduation pictures, your kids' graduation pictures. Are you? they? the same people? Dig back into your memory banks! Share them! Talk about them! Laugh about the hairdo's and the clothes.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: The first iris of 2021, I was away and my husband shared the big news via text. Among all the enormous stuff in the world right now, it's nice to celebrate the small firsts, even the small lasts.


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.

Rhubarb Muffins ♥, less sweet, all whole-wheat, moist and fruity.
  • THE RECIPE Rhubarb Muffins Whole grain, less sweet.
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW Such a lovely spring treat, this week I tried them with King Arthur's gluten-free flour (good! though a tad cake-ier than with regular flour) and a thin slice of rhubarb on top (very pretty, just put it on top of the cinnamon-sugar mixture).

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Mexican Rice ♥, an easy addition to taco parties, fajita nights or easy lunch-time quesadillas. Vegan.

Kitchen Parade's May Favorites

Afghan Chicken & Rice Casserole ♥, rotisserie chicken, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, great for feeding a crowd. Budget Friendly. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. High Protein.

Homemade Egg McMuffin ♥, the egg is cooked in the microwave, creating a tender, tasty round just the right size to tuck into an English Muffin with cheese and Canadian bacon.

Healthy Carrot Soup ♥, my cousin's famous carrot soup recipe, creamy even though it's made with skim milk, not cream. Weight Watchers Friendly. Budget Friendly. Low Carb. Rave Reviews!

A Veggie Venture's May Favorites

Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Salad ♥, an unusual and refreshing salad, a bright mix of chopped fruits and vegetables tossed with no more than salt and pepper and a little cinnamon. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. No Added Fat.

Afghan Eggplant & Tomato Casserole (Borani Banjan) ♥, an explosion of tastes and textures and temperatures. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Make-Ahead Smoothies, more Meal Prep ♥

Snacks Before Supper:
In Praise of the Gathering Hour Quarter Hour

I've been totally lax in the whole cooking thing keeping a soup and salad in the fridge, ready to go, thing life in general, thing. Time to switch things up! I'm going with a snack before supper.

Now if your mum was like my mum, she's whispering in your ear right now. "Lon. No snacks before meals. You'll ruin your appetite."

Hmmm. What if "ruining" your appetite were half the point?

Yeah. I'm going with that.

Here are some ideas!

Cucumber Dip with Feta ♥, super easy, great for serving with vegetables and grilled steak.

Easy-Easy Grilled Mushroom Appetizer ♥, what an easy appetizer recipe! What a crowd pleaser! Just two ingredients and a few minutes on the grill. Easy clean-up too!

Beet Pesto, another healthy vegetable spread ♥ Gorgeous Color. Budget Friendly. Quick to Make. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Low Fat. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Be Still My Spring Heart: Rhubarb

Perfect All-Rhubarb Pie ♥, a summer masterpiece and a perfect balance of sweet and tart and cinnamon.

Rhubarb Cake ♥, simple, rustic rhubarb cake, less sweet to really taste rhubarb's 'sour'.
  • THE RECIPE Rhubarb Cake Simple and rustic, less sweet to taste rhubarb's wonderful "sour".
  • ANOTHER TAKE Rhubarb Muffins Whole grain, less sweet.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler ♥, classic spring recipe, strawberries and rhubarb with a buttery cornmeal crumble topping.

Rhubarb Recipes ♥, sweet to savory. Muffins, cake, pie, cobbler, jam, jelly, smoothies and more.

Potluck Salads

Chipotle Chickpea Salad ♥, beans mixed with summer-fresh vegetables and a smidgin of heat. WW Friendly. Rave Reviews. Gluten Free.

Mom's Potato Salad ♥, a classic potato salad with sweet pickle and fresh herbs, extra protein from cooked eggs and cottage cheese.

Best-Ever Macaroni Salad, the summer classic, just better ♥ Great crunch, thanks to six different vegetables in a light and bright savory dressing. Budget Friendly. Potluck and Party Friendly. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Lunch at the Kitchen Table

Lemony Broccoli Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette ♥, surprisingly substantial.

The Dinner Bell

Seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, the dinner bell rings. If we're gonna eat, somebody's gotta cook, some nights fuel, some nights a feast. Let's make it good, a welcome end to our days.
Easy Skinny Turkey Roll-ups with Fresh Veggies ♥, just roll deli turkey, honey mustard and a few veggies. Just 50 calories! Weight Watchers Friendly!

Roasted Salmon & Asparagus ♥, ever so simple, just salmon and fresh asparagus roasted together, easy enough for a weeknight, elegant enough for company.

Easy Garlic-Herb Mediterranean Chicken ('Med Chicken') ♥, marinated Middle-eastern chicken a real crowd pleaser.

Good to Know

How to Cook Asparagus in the Microwave ♥ Weeknight Easy. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Never-the-Same-Twice Frittata, a Master Recipe ♥ Silky custard + fresh or leftover veggies + pockets of warm cheese. Low Carb. Low Cal. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

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!

Savory Cauliflower Cake ♥, a moist, sturdy savory cake, strewn with bits of soft cauliflower with a touch of parmesan.

Savoring Sweet Potatoes: A Challenge

So usually my "challenges" are, well, a challenge, an undertaking, an endeavor, a project. But here? For a few weeks, I hope you'll throw a few sweet potatoes onto your grocery list, knowing there'll be a simple recipe to tackle. Who's game?!
Rustic Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Carrots ♥, an unexpectedly magical marriage of two everyday vegetables.

Meal Prep

Savory Rhubarb Chutney ♥ with fresh ginger and golden raisins.

Summer = Simple Smoothie Season

Healthy Smoothies: Recipes & Tips ♥, green smoothies, make-ahead smoothies and more.

Finnish Food

Smoked Whitefish Spread on Cucumber Slices, another easy summer recipe ♥ Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Mexican Food

Deep Mexico, ingredient-driven Mexican meal prep, a new way to shop & cook ♥ incl what we cooked and learned plus pantry essentials and what to make first and often.

Most Useful Recipes, Just One Per Year

When a blogger loves every single one of her published recipes, how in the world does she pick just one favorite? It's stunning, honestly, how each year one Kitchen Parade recipe stands out from all the others that year for sheer usefulness. So that's why I created this collection of best recipes, just one per year, Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade. Here's a sample.

My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing, another Master Recipe ♥, quick, easy meal prep. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on highlighting "usefulness". To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. You'll want to dig into this collection, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years.

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

How to Frost a Layer Cake, step-by-step photos and tips for beginners ♥

Celery & Chickpea Salad, another healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture, a captivating salad, a simple lemony mix of crunchy celery (extra points for celery with leaves!) and creamy chickpeas, held together with a touch of feta.

Soups & Salads Especially for May

The month of May be be "full spring" on the calendar but for vegetable lovers, May is a straddle between early spring (when really, only greens and asparagus are in local season) and full summer (when really, in some parts of the country, evvvvvvery vegetable imagineable is fresh and lovely). For me, that May means gearing up for summer tastes all the while going gumby for reality: there's nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a chilly May day! nor a simple salad supper on a warm May evening! That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Dig into Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes for May, so many ideas!

Here's a sample!

Pinto Bean Salad, another Fresh & Flexible Salad ♥ Quick to Make. Low Fat. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Easy-Easy Jam Tart ♥, food processor press-in crust + jam = an amazing tart in 15 minutes!


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

How to Lose Weight with Weight Watchers ♥, practical tips, resources and recipes.

What Are Bitter Greens, more Vegetables 101 ♥, everything you'd like to know, including a comprehensive list and links to recipes.
  • Vegetables 101 What Are Bitter Greens? Everything you'd like to know, including a comprehensive list and recipes.
  • Vegetables 101 What Are Crudites? How to create a colorful Instagram-friendly platter of raw vegetables.

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