Seasonal Sundays (Week 20) Seven Spring Recipes ...

... to Make a Mom's Life Just a Little Bit Easier

From quick suppers to easy before-dinner healthy snacks to salads that keep to a spring fruit cobbler that's ultra flexible and not overloaded with sugar.

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

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

And Happy Mother's Day to all those who mother: the moms, the moms-in-name, the wishful moms, the auntie moms, the grandmoms (and the Nanas, Gigis, Babas ...), the neighbor-who-steps-in-after-school-sometimes moms. I see such fierce gentleness (or is it gentle ferocity?) in the many young moms in our family circle: tis truly lovely to have so many Littles around again.

For many of us, our own moms are gone, so too even are those who stepped in to mother us afterward. I find myself playing that role myself, now ... in tribute, in gratitude.

The lessons from my own mother are so ingrained, it's hard to know what started with her, what started with me. I do know that when she exhorted me to Wear the Hat, Dammit, what she really meant was ...

As ever, thank you for welcoming me into your InBox and RSS feed reader. It's your kitchens, your lives, I conjure while writing ...

In Praise Of ... Kitchen Tools That Make Life Easier

  • ... for years, I followed the two-spoon method for meting out drop cookies, muffins, etc. But cookie scoops really do go quicker and create more even measures. I have two, a smaller scoop (affiliate link) for small cookies and a larger scoop (affiliate link) for larger cookies and muffins.

  • ... these Kona Non-Stick Grill Mats, first recommended by my Toronto cousin, we're now on our third year of using these on the gas grill, especially handy, if, um, some, um, body, isn't, um, faithful, um, about, um, cleaning the grill grates.

  • ... One-Piece Plastic Canning Jar Lids, not used for "canning" per se but as lids for wide-mouth canning jars for decanting grains, pastas, dried fruit, sprinkles, so many things.

Made Me Think ... of Girls & Women

  • Dear Little Girl ... from storyteller Sean Dietrich aka Sean of the South. It starts off a discussion about body image like this: "Dear Little Girl, You are not ugly."

  • An Apology for Saying "Sorry" by Anglican priest Tish Harrison in the New York Times (no paywall). She ends a thoughtful discourse about how two simple words may both be heartfelt and fraught with guilt, "I know I apologize too much. And at the end of the day, I think I’d rather err that way than not say “sorry” enough. And if that is wrong, which it may be, I’m very sorry."

  • When to get first mammogram? Doctor explains latest advice., The Harvard Gazette, with a huge takeaway: "Women should start getting regular mammograms at the age of 40, according to a new recommendation being drafted by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This is a reversal from the previous recommendation of age 50 ..."
    I am the daughter of a survivor, the granddaughter of a survivor, the niece of a survivor. My sister is almost one year into recovery. I am almost three years into recovery. Please, heed this new health advice, spread the word, save lives.

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.

SEASONAL INSPIRATION: Seven Spring Recipes (to Make a Mom's Life Just a Little Bit Easier)

Easy Spinach Nests ♥ An egg cooked in a 'nest' of fresh spinach, onion and a touch of cream.

Mexican Chicken Salad, another Quick Supper ♥, just rotisserie chicken tossed with lime-yogurt vinaigrette, black beans, jicama, corn and tomato.

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

Spinach Burgers, another healthy veggie burger ♥ A Veggie Venture. Moist & Juicy. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly. Paleo Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein.

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

Pinto Bean Salad, another Fresh & Flexible Salad ♥ Quick to Make. Low Fat. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free.
  • THE RECIPE Pinto Bean Salad 2020's salad of the summer, so fresh and flexible.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Summer Lentils aka the "Great Big Vegetable Salad with a Few Lentils Thrown In Just for Fun".

Roasted Rhubarb ♥, an easy summer dessert, rhubarb cooked until just soft in the oven.

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.

Raspberry Muffins, another creative recipe for a Muffin Morning ♥

Looking Back ...

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week, not including the oatmeal, salad dressing and sautéed greens on repeat this time of year.

Sauerkraut Salad ♥, a classic sauerkraut salad recipe, lightened, brightened. With vegetables, hominy and black beans.
  • THIS WEEK Thank heavens for refrigerator salads! We happily ate off a big container all week. And no, you don't taste the "sauerkraut" – it's just cabbage, right? that's been softened a bit so the salad isn't coleslaw either? Anyway. MUCH recommend.
  • THE RECIPE Sauerkraut Salad LIght and fresh, packed with crunch and flavor. (PIN This)

Just Updated!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothies ♥ Childhood's favorite PB&J sandwich in a glass.

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

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail, you'll find my current address in the FAQs. How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. When you make my recipes, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below or better still, on the specific recipe's page.

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