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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hot Hot Heat

Since it is acting like summer again, I thought I'd come up with a list of things to do and eat in the heat.

1.) Running through sprinklers- there's something about it that makes you feel like a kid again, even if it's just someone watering the sidewalk you're walking down. (Or at Home Depot, when you're looking at plants. No one will notice!)

2.) Blowing bubbles, even if your dog doesn't like to eat them. (my childhood dogs always did...)

3.) Lie around, fan pointed at you, and read a long book.

4.) Ride a bike around, preferably after the heat of the day is over.

5.) Swim! I can't tell you how much I love swimming...

6.) Make some summer food, that doesn't require much indoor work, like:

-Tabbouleh: Greek food is my go-to food in the summer. Cook the bulghur with microwave-heated water, let it sit until absorbed. (I usually use about 1 1/2 cups of bulghur, and enough water to cover it. If it's not all absorbed after about 15 minutes, you can microwave it for 2 more minutes all together until it softens.) Add about 1 cup chopped parsley, 3 chopped green onions, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 chopped tomotoes, 1 can of drained chickpeas, juice from 1 lemon, and about 2 tbsp. olive oil. Garnish with salt, pepper, and a little feta if you like.
-Fruit salad
-Caprese salad: fresh mozzerella, tomato slices, basil leaves, drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper. What else do you need?
-Homemade popsicles: with juice, pudding, yogurt, blended fruit... whatever you like.
-BBQ'ed veggie skewers
-Hummus: all done in a food processor! (1 can chickpeas, drained, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tbsp tahini, 1 lemon's worth of juice, and a little water if it's too thick.)
-Grilled pizza; I have yet to try this, but I am assured that the secret is really just a lot of oil on the grill... and flip it before topping it.
-Fat-free Frozen Yogurt: I did this a couple of weeks ago- take a giant carton of yogurt, add about 1/2 c. sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1/2 - 1 cup nonfat milk. You want it to be slightly liquid-y, but not really thin; just until it is pourable. Add to ice cream maker, run for 40 minutes, and enjoy! Some additions: blueberries, almonds, chocolate syrup, raspberry jam...
- Grilled pineapple: OMG. So easy, and so good! Add to veggie burgers, couscous, salad, ice cream....

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