The Morning Blend


Making your day a little easier

Quick recipes that help
Posted at 3:34 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 08:13:53-04

We all have varying degrees of daily struggles, so why not plan to make your weekdays just a little bit easier in the kitchen. Here are a few tips for doing just that.

Morning Coffee

Joe Walsh, president of O' Neill Coffee, shows a handful of "Uganda Gold" coffee beans he just roasted at the plant in in West Middlesex, Pa., on May 2, 2007.

I'm one of those people who can function adequately without a coffee, and during the hot summer months, I prefer cold brew. Believe it or not, this is something that you and make at home. Start the night before, get a large jug, a sock (cloth filter), and ground-up some come beans. All you need to do is put the coffee grounds in the sock, place the sock in the jug of water, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Once you wake up in the morning, you can enjoy a nice glass of refreshing cold brew coffee that took less than the length of a song a Spotify to prepare.

Lunch Time

If you have leftover produce in that, you want to get to before it welts away. I have a salad that will help power you through the rest of the day. It's what I like to call a "Nearly Niçoise Salad." Niçoise traditionally has greens, hard-boiled eggs, pan-seared or grilled tuna, potatoes, olives, and vinaigrette dressing. That could be a lot of work for weekday lunch; however, if you have an Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs only take 3 minutes, and if you have a can of tuna in the pantry, you can throw that in your salad in place of pan-seared or grilled tuna.

Summertime Soup

You just got done with your workday and didn't want to slave away in the kitchen for dinner. I get it, and for that reason, I say let's make gazpacho. All you need for this one is a blender, some more produce, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. This recipe is so easy and refreshingly delicious; you'll have it ready in less than 10 minutes.