It's hard to get motivated to prepare meals when the weather is hot and humid, and it's even harder when your appetite seems to have gone off to look for a better clime..
But we know it's important to keep eating well, so I've put together a few recipes and a few links that will help us all to renew our interest in good food and also to prepare meals in a way that won't add any more degrees to the already hot days!
I've started with a few recipes for long, cool drinks and some frosty treats to enjoy while browsing through the other sites looking for meal ideas....
Cranberry Apple Spritzer
>1c. Chilled cranberry-apple juice drink (found in all grocery stores)
>2c. Chilled dry white wine (can substitute non alcoholic) or apple juice
>1c. Chilled sparkling water
Mix all ingredients and serve over ice. Makes 4 servings.
>5 cups of cold water
>½ cup of hot water
>1 cup of sugar
>Ice for serving
>1 lemon thinly sliced for serving
>Sprigs of lemon mint
Cut lemons in half and squeeze the lemon juice into a pitcher. Separately add the sugar to the hot water and mix (this helps the sugar dissolve); then add this sugar syrup to the pitcher. Finally, add the cold water and the sliced lemon to the pitcher and stir everything. Pour into a glass of ice; garnish with the sprig of lemon mint and serve. Makes 4 servings.
>2c. fresh or frozen red raspberries
>4 or 5 tea bags
>5c. boiling water
Place raspberries and tea bags in a bowl (preferably a glass bowl). Pour the boiling water over the raspberries and tea bags. Cover and let stand about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and strain the raspberries from the mixture. An easy way to do this is by pouring the mixture through a wire strainer. Discard the berries. Cool several hours and serve over ice.
Fruit Cup Slush
>1 large can diced apricots
>1 large can crushed pineapple
>2 (10 oz) boxes frozen strawberries
>1 cup sugar
Drain apricots and pineapple into a 2 cup measuring cup. Add enough water to the juices to make 2 cups. Add one cup sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Cool and pour over the strawberries, bananas, apricots and pineapple.
Pour into a large container and freeze. Thaw about one hour before serving. Mash it to a slush consistency before serving.
Five Fruit Salad
> 1 cup seedless grapes
> 1/2 cup each peeled, sliced and quartered orange, cubed cantaloupe, sliced banana and pineapple chunks
> 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
> 1 teaspoon lime juice
> 2 teaspoons chopped mint leaves
> 1/4 teaspoon grated lime peel
Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Makes 4 servings.
(these are great-
almost the consistency of a popsicle)
Wash 1-2 pounds of grapes, separated from the stem. (I like a combo of white and red). Pat dry with paper towel. Place in bowl with lid. Sprinkle with a small package of strawberry jello, either sugar-free or regular. Freeze 2 hours and enjoy!!!!
Banana Split Salad
(you have to splurge sometimes!)
>1 lg container of coolwhip
>1 can Eagle Brand milk
>1 oz crushed pineapple
>1 can cherry pie filling
>3 lg bananas, chopped
>1/2 cup pecans
Mix well and chill!