[Food Series] Ultimate MommyHiker.com Make-Ahead Camping Meal Guide

In honor of the fact that we will be in Big Sur in T-minus TWO days, for our first family camping trip of 2014 season, I have carefully and lovingly compiled 15 healthy, delicious and nutritious Make-Ahead Camping Recipes that the whole family can enjoy! Happy Camping!

Oatmeal Banana Bread

Roasted Balsamic Beets with Goat Cheese

Baked Golden Beet Chips

Roasted Broccoli and Pancetta Quiche

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Herbed Goat Cheese and Pepper Bulgur

Green Beans in Olive Oil (Zeytinyağlı Taze Fasulye)

Homemade Chicken & Mushroom Calzone

Turkish Meatballs (Köfte)

Zucchini Fritters (Mücver)

Herb-Crusted Whole Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

Wheat Berry Salad

Cold Cucumber and Yogurt Soup (Cacık)

Leeks in Olive Oil (Zeytinyağlı Pırasa)

[Food Series] Orange Cilantro Yellowfin Tuna Salad

While most of the country is praying for spring, here in Los Angeles, we are going through a heat wave coupled with the violently dry Santa Ana winds which have been gusting up to 100 mph. The wildfire season has officially started and it’s being exacerbated by the fact that we’re in a drought. All of this to say, it certainly feels like summer here! So, in an attempt to beat the heat and welcome this weather with open arms, we decided to fire up the grill and what was born was a delicious and simple summer salad! Enjoy!
3 Yellowfin Tuna Steaks
2 Green Onions
A plethora of fresh Spinach
1 cup Grape Tomatoes
2 Oranges
A handful Cilantro
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed Orange Juice
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Fire up the grill and allow it to get hot. Meanwhile, lightly coat the Yellowfin Tuna steaks with a drizzle of sesame oil, salt and pepper. Chop the green onions, grape tomatoes, cilantro and peel and slice one of the oranges. In a measuring cup, combine the dressing ingredients with a whisk. Place the tuna steaks on the grill for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 5 minutes. In a large serving bowl, pile up a huge helping of fresh spinach, sprinkle the green onions, grape tomatoes, orange slices and cilantro, then toss it lightly with the dressing. Arrange the tuna steaks atop the salad and dig in! I served this with my favorite summertime side dish, Cacık, a cold yogurt and cucumber soup! Enjoy!

[Food Series] Easy Peasy Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is kind of like an ancient tradition in my family. I grew up on it and so folklore dictates, my family, too will grow up on it. Luckily, it’s one of my family’s favorite soups. Not only is it so incredibly easy to make, it’s also deeeee-licious and packed with tons of nutrition! Enjoy!

Split Pea Soup Recipe

1 pound bag of dried Green Split Peas
1 large Spanish Onion
1 cup of chopped Ham
2 Bay Leaves
2 tablespoons of Ground Thyme
Salt & Pepper to taste

Chop the ham and onion. Throw all of your ingredients into a deep soup pot. Fill the pot to about 2 inches below the top. Bring it to a boil, then turn the burner down to medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about an hour, or until the peas are cooked to a mushy consistency. For a heartier soup, throw in a few chopped potatoes or even serve over rice! Enjoy!