Monday, July 1, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - July 1, 2013

Temperatures are soaring to record heat this week so my goal was cool salads and slow cooker options, anything to keep us and the house cool!

Monday:  Asian Chicken Salad
Tuesday:  Goulash
Wednesday: Seafood Summer Salad
Thursday:  Fourth of July
Friday: Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday:  Slow Cooker Marinated Tri Tip

We are most looking forward to leftovers of the Seafood Summer Salad I think...

Linking up at Menu Plan Monday on the Org Junkie. 

Seafood Macaroni Summer Salad - A family favorite

In the summer, I live on the surface of the Sun...

OK, not really but I do live in Las Vegas and today it was a 121 degrees! Ugghh

My meal plan for the week is basically summed up in - anything that does NOT use the stove.  My husband has been making this dish for many year  - courtesy of his high school girlfriend's mother.  It is simple, cool and the perfect summer dish.  It can work as a main or side dish. It's great for a potluck and not only is it cool, it also requires very little stove involvement!   It can also easily be adapted to fit your family tastes. 

Seafood Summer Salad
16 oz of macaroni (cooked, drained and cooled) 
1 package of imitation crab meat
2-3 large cucumbers, peeled and diced
6-7 Roma tomatoes diced
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of mayonnaise (start with 1 1/2 and add additional as desired)
10-12 oz of Colby jack or mild cheddar cheese diced
1-2 teaspoons of Old Bay Seasoning 
Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until well chilled, preferably overnight.  Simple as that!  

Variations - diced red bell peppers, celery or onions would all add nice crunch to this salad.  Avocado, bacon and bay shrimp are great additions as well. You can also substitute any short cut pasta for the macaroni.