Seared Thai Basil Tuna Steaks

Seared Thai Basil Tuna Steaks

We have an abundance of Thai basil growing in planters in our back yard. Due to a plethora of rabbits, we have been unsuccessful at growing vegetables, so I have switched to herbs and flowers. Unfortunately, I may need to switch to all herbs next year…

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But at least my Thai Basil is going strong, and is not a preferred bunny snack.

Thai Basil

I love seared tuna steaks, because they are quick and easy to cook, and if not overcooked, are tender and delicious, without tasting “fishy”. A screaming hot cast iron skillet is the best way to cook them, searing for no more that 1 minute on each side. After searing, I add a small amount of the sauce into the skillet and cook for 15 seconds on each side to give a nice glaze to the fish.

Seared Thai Basil Tuna Steaks

Serve immediately, sliced across the grain, with additional sauce for dipping.

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Eggplant Masala

Eggplant Masala

A flavorful side-dish full of fresh summer vegetables: eggplant, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes and flavored with pungent Indian spices.

My kids call this Indian Ratatouille. It is a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats.

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Proverb Cookies

Fortune Cookies

On Sundays, I teach a children’s church class of about a dozen 4-7 year olds. This week our lesson was on the book of Proverbs. While there are many good lessons and teachings in Proverbs, there isn’t a clear story line that grabs the attention of young minds.

To try to keep them at least a little bit engaged as we discussed some relevant proverbs, I made fortune cookies with slips of paper inside containing a few proverbs that we could discuss. I tried to impress upon them that these were NOT fortune cookies, but “Proverb Cookies”.

This is the list of proverbs that I printed to put in the cookies. Some we opened in class, and the rest were given out to others later.

Proverb Cookies Phrases

When making fortune cookies, there are always a few that don’t fold correctly, or harden too quickly to fold. My family always loves these casualties to my baking.

Fortune Cookies 2

Click the link below for detailed instructions on how to make and shape the cookies:

Making and Shaping Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies 3

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Spicy Lemon Chicken with Green Beans

Spicy Lemon Chicken with Green Beans

This is a quick one-skillet meal that can be made in less than 30 minutes. Chicken and fresh green beans in a slightly spicy lemon sauce.

It can be served as is, or over rice or noodles.

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Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is always the favorite option for an excess of garden squash in the summer.

Chocolate chips are optional. I prefer it without, but many in our family like a generous studding of chocolate chips in their zucchini bread.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs

Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs

Souvlaki chicken is a flavorful Mediterranean dish. The chicken is marinated overnight in a mixture of Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, and Greek herbs. During summer months I love to add fresh lemon thyme from my garden to the marinade and as a garnish on the cooked kabobs.

If you don’t want to prepare kabobs, you can also marinate the chicken thighs or breasts whole, and grill or roast the whole pieces of chicken until cooked through.

We like to serve these kabobs with roasted zucchini or asparagus, and with hummus and tzatziki dips. You can also serve these kabobs with warm pita bread, if desired.

Tzatziki

Tzatziki, recipe below

Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs 2

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