Thursday, July 28, 2005

Summer food

It's so hot here. Nobody wants to cook. The only options are to heat up your kitchen, or go stand on the 105-degree back patio over a hot grill. Neither is fun.

On Sundays, though, I think it's blasphemy not to cook a good dinner. There could probably be some discussion there about whether that's really keeping the Sabbath holy, but good grief, if we're going to have a day dedicated to God I think there ought to be good food. So two Sundays ago I was grilling some salmon with teriyaki sauce, and I had a brainstorm.

"Gee, I am already here with this hot grill ... I think I will cook up some chicken that I can use all week when I come home from work and I'm all hot and tired and cranky and don't want to cook."

So I salted and peppered some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cooked 'em up with nice black grill marks, and threw 'em in the freezer. Best idea I've had in a long time. We've had chicken taco salad, chicken pasta salad, chicken Spanish rice, and this little baby, which tasted so nice and summery I am tempted to have it again tonight, except I have beef in the crockpot with barbecue sauce, and that will be nice, too.

Chicken Caesar Subs

4 fresh sub buns, sliced open
4-6 leaves romaine lettuce, chopped
2 grilled chicken breasts, cut in strips
shaved Parmesan cheese
Caesar dressing

Fill each bun with lettuce and sprinkle generously with cheese. Put about 4 strips of chicken in and drizzle with dressing. If your buns are fresh you won't need too much dressing. Add black pepper if desired.

Have some carrots and cherry tomatoes on the side, and a big glass of ice water with lemon. Then go turn on the hose and play with your kids in the back yard. Summer's too short to be cranky.


Sister Celebrity Chef said...

Microwave meatballs from Costco, dump them in some marinara, plop it all on a bun and there ya go, Meatball Subs! No actual cooking involved, thankyewverahmuch.

Lisa M. said...

Sounds great! Thanks for the tip!

I use my indoor grill a lot during the summer. It helps ease the "hot" factor! Crock pot dinners are great!