Summersong Sample Menu

Five days of savory meals


Not everyone chooses to get lunches, and all dishes in the lunch category are great as dinners. For those of you tired of being tempted by fast food or the office vending machine at lunchtime, or worried about the nutirtional value, or lack thereof, in your kid's school lunches, these one-dish meals are easy to transport, good hot or cold, and, of course, deliciously healthy.

Quinoa and Kale
This savory, satisfying quinoa dish is one of my family's favorites.

Simple Salmon Casserole
So simple, and so good. This casserole, made with savory canned salmon, quinoa/corn noodles, mellow garlic and aged cheddar, challenges the notion that comfort food can't be healthy. Did you know that the USDA recommends that everyone eat two servings a week of fish such as salmon that are rich in omega 3s? It reduces mortality from heart disease as well as being required for brain development in the young.

Infinite Salad
Cooked broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, beets, and onion with teriyaki brown rice served on a bed of baby greens. Infinitely delicious hot or cold.

Asian Veggies with Turkey
Browned turkey spiced with a secret spice blend and served over flavorful broccoli, chinese cabbage, and bok choy.

Salmon over Sauteed Cabbage and Onions
How did cabbage get such a bad rap? By being over-boiled, maybe. This cabbage dish is made with sauteed cabbage, at once sweet and savory and completed beautifully by the flaky salmon.


Beef Spinach with Green Salad
Lean grass-fed beef sauteed with onion and studded with fresh spinach. On the side, golden potatoes mashed with cauliflower and roasted garlic for nutritional density and depth of flavor. A leafy green salad rounds out the meal.

Spring Roll Stir-fry
I love spring rolls, but I don't love deep frying. This stirfry is made with all the classic spring-roll ingredients: cabbage, shitake, daikon, carrot, and onions, served with delicate silken tofu and brown rice.

Minestrone with Green Salad
Grass fed beef turns this complex minestrone into a meal in its own right, especially when served with a light salad of baby greens.

Bison Burger and Fava Beans
I like to get my protein from a wide variety of sources, which means going outside the usual supermarket meats. Silky fava beans and a leafy green salad are the perfect accompaniment to this lean burger.

Hungarian Roast Chicken and veggies
Traditional Hungarian-style smoked paprika is the secret to this festive dish. Carrots, onions, potatoes, and garlic are roasted with the tender chicken for a truly amazing flavor.


Dessert might be a couple of Summersong's own cookies, made with 100% whole grains and unrefined sugar (okay, except in the chocolate chips!). Choose from snickerdoodle, gingersnap, double dark chocolate, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, and many more terrific types of fresh baked cookies. I can bake the batch or leave the ready to bake dough in your fridge or freezer for truly fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies at a moment's notice.

But the real favorite is fresh, seasonal fruit. What could be better than a peach, ripened to perfection before being carefully transported to the farmer's market? Or a slice of melon that perfumes your kitchen with its sweetness? Perhaps a bowlful of crisp, red cherries, or sunkissed apricots, or juicy strawberries.