Summertime…and the livin’ is easy

Saw this on Facebook and intended to steal the glory AS IF it were my own. But I morally judged myself and give credit to TWO PEAS IN THEIR POD for the magnificance. Don’t think I won’t plagarize later however.

Anyhow…..If it’s 113 degrees in your world this afternoon like it is in mine, you can’t turn on the oven just for the sheer fact of the resources it requires to cool this house down at high noon. I don’t want to add to the strain on the power supply. Nor do I want to do battle with my air conditioner, now on it’s last legs. I already suspect we are going to see rooling blackouts again this summer if this intensity of heat continues. And no reason it shouldn’t

Fact is, I won’t be turning the oven on again until October. But since I still have to eat, I’ll try things like this:

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Quinoa with blueberries, strawberries, mango, and a refreshing honey lime dressing. This easy and healthy Quinoa Fruit Salad goes well with any summer meal.Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa (I used Red Quinoa) 2 cups water Pinch of salt

For the Honey Lime Dressing:

Juice of 1 large lime 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

For the fruit:

1 1/2 cups blueberries 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries 1 1/2 cups chopped mango Extra chopped mint, for garnish-optional

Directions:

1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.

2. To make the Honey Lime Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the lime juice, honey, and mint together until combined.

3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Pour honey lime dressing over the fruit salad and mix until well combined. Garnish with additional mint, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

CHILL MAN, chill

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1 comment
  1. Leann said:

    This sounds SO wonderful!! I will for sure be giving it a try. Thanks for the recipe!!

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