I love Holiday weekends, but something about only having a 4 day week has really thrown me off. I feel like all week I’ve been trying to catch up and get back into my normal rhythm. The problem is that I’m not sure I know what that is anymore. Ha! This week I feel like I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants. Do you ever have weeks like that? Most weeks I have projects and appointments all mapped out, but this week has been different.
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with my niece & nephews this week as they are out of school and I’m helping my brother watch them while he’s at work. We’ve been doing lots of arts & crafts, taking walks, watching movies and preparing fun meals and snacks that I don’t have to spend a lot of time on. These no bake greek bites are a fun snack we had the other day and yes, they ate it! I love that they eat peppers and onions without complaining. My mom and brother have done a great job introducing the kids to new foods and my brother has learned many new things to cook himself. It wasn’t always like that though. When he was married, neither one of them really cooked or prepared fresh meals. So after the divorce, he had a lot to learn about how to make simple, healthy meals that his children would enjoy. This is a great summer meal or snack as it’s pretty simple and you don’t even have to turn on the oven.
Nebraska summers can be pretty hot and miserable because it gets soooo muggy. Lately it’s been unusually warm for this time of year…in the 90’s this week! Gross. Who wants to turn on the oven when it’s 90 degrees out? Not me.
Ok, enough about the weather….back to my niece.
She is 10 years old and she is growing up way too fast. She is starting to learn more about food prep, and I am excited to share more about what I do with her. She helped me assemble these and she had a blast getting to be apart of the process. She also loves chocolate, coffee and fresh vegetables. She must get that from me. =)
Need a recipe for hummus? Here. Why crumbled goat cheese? It’s a great substitute for feta cheese as it’s lower in sodium.
- 1 Pita Bread Pocket- Whole Wheat
- 2 Tablespoons Hummus
- 1 cup persian cucumbers (sliced, quartered)
- 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes (quartered)
- 1 baby bell pepper (sliced)
- 5 olives low sodium (sliced)
- 1 TB red onion
- 2 TB Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 TB White Vinegar
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Dash of salt (or 1/8 tsp)
- 2 TB goat cheese crumbles
- Chop and combine cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, bell pepper, red onion, olive oil, vinegar, pepper, and salt. Mix all ingredients together. Set aside
- Spread hummus on pita bread and then top with vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with goat cheese, slice and serve.