A staffer at Hudson Valley Parent recently asked me to blog about a “recipe for someone who doesn’t cook.”  I’ve spent some time thinking about it (A smoothie prepared in a blender?  A sandwich?) and decided to share a meal that I often enjoy in summer, on hot days when no one is in the mood to cook.  I began making this for lunch during the first summer when we grew our own grape tomatoes and basil.  It’s such a favorite that we start making it as soon as the basil leaves come in, and enjoy it all summer long.  Even though my kids aren’t the biggest tomato fans, something about the presentation and colors in this dish gets them to always eat a few bites.


This is probably the easiest summer lunch you’ll ever make.  Begin with a ball of fresh mozzarella cheese. Slice into bite-sized pieces, and put in a bowl.  Wash about a dozen grape tomatoes, slice in halves, add to bowl.  Using a kitchen scissor, snip a handful of basil leaves over the bowl.  Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil, and toss. Grab your fork, and enjoy.  It’s that quick and simple, but so delicious!

Sometimes, meals just need to come together quickly and not stress you out.  This is one of those dishes.  Share your favorite easy, summery, make-in-a-snap meals that delight your family.  To find out what’s new in our kitchen, stop by, or become a fan on Facebook.