I am getting a little bit tired of BBQing and it's only August. Do you have any ideas for a great, summer dinner for me and my boyfriend? Trying To Vary Carrie
Dear Trying To Vary Carrie
I am right there with you. If I don't see another rib, burger, hot dog or apple sausage for the next year, it would be ok with me. Summer food can be nice and easy since most things are farm fresh and in season. Here's a wonderful, healthy and delicious meal for you. Bon Appetit
APPETIZER: CHICKPEA, ROASTED TOMOATO & FETA SALAD
Pour olive oil and salt onto a baking sheet and coat about 10-15 cherry tomatoes. Place tomatoes into the oven at 400 degrees for an hour to an hour and a half (ovens may vary in time). While they are finished roasting, add the following ingredients in your salad bowl:
1/4 cup chick peas
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
oregano - to taste
salt and pepper - to taste
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DINNER: SKEWERED SESAME SHRIMP
24 large shrimp, peeled and de-veined shrimp
2 tbsp reduced sod soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
Thread 3 shrimp on each skewer. Combine the soy sauce and the vinegar in a shallow dish. Dip each skewer into the sauce mixture followed by the sesame seeds. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink (about 3 minutes on each side). When cooked, transfer the shrimp to a plate. Pour the sauce mixture into the hot pan and heat for about 15 seconds. Pour over the shrimp skewers and serve.
SIDE: GARLIC BREAD
1 tbsp butter or margarine
3 - 4 cloves of finely chopped fresh garlic.
1 dash salt
Melt butter in a small saucepan and sautee the garlic until golden brown. Very lightly toast the french bread baguette which you have cut into about 6-8 diagonal slices (depending on the length). Once the bread is toasted and the garlic is browned, dip the bread into the butter and garlic mix and put it back into the toaster for one more light cycle.
DESSERT: BERRIES AND ICE CREAM
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup blackberries
1 cup vanilla Haagen Dazs
2 tbsp honey
Wash all of the berries. Cut the strawberries into quarters and place all of the fruit into a big bowl. Gently mix in the honey and place in the fridge for at least 30 min. When you are ready to serve dessert, scoop the ice cream into 2 pretty individual dessert dishes and top with the berry mixture.