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June 2013

Skinny Sexy Grilling : Summertime and the living is easy!


This weekend was lovely so I spent all of my time outside in the gardens. Summertime means grilling to me and I love the fresh flavors of vegetables and fruits cooked this way. Here are a couple of healthy skinny  sexy grilling ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

The first photograph is of a piece of tuna and some veggie skewers that that I marinated in teriyaki , sesame, garlic , blueberry and habanero jam , tequila and lime! Place the skewers and the tuna on the grill and cook until its cooked just the way that you like it,  basting continuously with the marinade.

Then there's the sweet corn, because  as far as my whole entire family is concerned what's summer without corn on the cob! I love Mexican grilled sweet corn but it's really heavy on the calories. This is my vegan version and it's very easy and delicious! Just take an ear of sweet corn and lay it on a piece of foil. Rub with a teaspoon of vegannaise and dust with chili powder and a tablespoon of shredded vegan cheese. Wrap it in the foil and grill for 15 minutes, turning several times. Delicious!

Serve this meal with a fresh fruity Sangria and don't forget the wasabi mustard sauce for the tuna! Just take your favorite honey mustard and add a bit of seasoned rice vinegar and as much wasabi powder as you want to taste!

Jun 23, 2013

In this meal grilled pineapple is front and center along with an entire mess of grilled onions and mushrooms to create a  vegan version of a Hawaiian flavored cheeseburger! Grill the slices of pineapple slowly, so that they caramelize, basting with a mixture of Teriyaki and a bit of mango juice  and chinese 5 spice powder. Use the same marinade on the mushrooms and onions and baste the veggie burgers (whichever one you like!)with it as well. Assemble the burger on lettuce leaves if you don't want a bun, top with a slice or two of vegan american cheese, a pineapple slice and lots of the mushrooms and onions! This is messy and delicious and absolutely wonderful when served with a wonderful summertime ale like a Leininkugels Summer new favorite porch rocker beverage!


Jun 23, 2013

                         Then after dinner ...why not kick back , toss off your shoes , dance a bit and create a little magic of your own!!


Skinny Sexy Salads: Watermelon , Cucumber and Feta Salad

I think that out of all if the salads that I make that this may be my favorite. It's so refreshing~ absolutely perfect for a warm day! It's also easy too and toucan throw it together in my mind it doesn't get much better than that!

This is very simple to make . In a bowl add arugula, watermelon cubes , red onions, sliced cucumbers, Marcona almonds, a couple of cups of torn basil, black pepper feta cheese ( if you can't find it just toss some feta with a tablespoon of cracked black pepper!) and some fresh blueberries.

Toss this with a bit of olive oil, seasoned rice wine vinegar, some agave nectar and about a tablespoon of Chinese 5 spice powder.

Top each serving with half of a diced avocado and enjoy!

Skinny Sexy Salads: Watermelon , Cucumber and Feta Salad