Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cucumber Salad

Summer is just flying by!  It's going so fast that I realized the other day that I haven't done a blog post for about 3 weeks!  I hope you all haven't forgotten about me.  :(
It's been a laid back and relaxing summer break for me.  I have been taking two grad classes, but I have managed to work in plenty of R and R, too!  I also got to watch the President of the United States fly over my house last week on his way to make a speech in my town!  It's a pretty cool day when the President visits...even if you don't always agree with thim. :)
Yep, that's him in Marine 1 right over my house!

 
 
Today is my mom's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!  I LOVE YOU!) and yesterday we were able to get some family together for a cookout.  Mom even got a 4 wheeler ride for her birthday!



I thought this would be the perfect time to try out a new recipe for Cucumber Salad that I pinned ages ago and have been waiting to try.  The original recipe credit goes to the Jo and Sue blog

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

1 large cucumber
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 Tbsp light sour cream
1 tsp finely chopped onion
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp sugar
 
If you go to the orignal recipe on the Jo and Sue blog, you will see that the directions call for you to slice the cucumber, salt it and let it sit to draw the moisture out.  However, I found this method to leave the cucumbers a little soft.  I like them much crunchier!  So, the next time I make this, I would mix together the sour cream, onion, dill, vinegar and sugar and let it chill for a couple of hours in the frig.  Then, I would wait and slice the cucumber until right before I want to serve it.  It doesn't take long to slice if you have a slicer.  If not, you can slice it ahead of time, as the original recipe suggests, but just know that the cucumber will get soft.  When you are ready to serve the salad, just toss the cucumber in the dressing and it's ready to go.  It's really very easy!
When I peel the cucumbers (I trippled the recipe for the cookout), I don't take all the skin off.  I like to leave some for color. 
 
The dressing is so simple to whip up!  I used regular sour cream instead of light, but stick with the light if you want to cut calories.  

 
You can tell the cucumbers look a little soft already in this picture.  I definitely want to try this again without letting the cucumbers sit to see if they turn out crispier.  It still tasted delicioius!  I really think if the cucumbers had been crispier, I would have absolutely loved this salad!  And if you use the light sour cream, it really wouldn't have that many calories.  

 
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
 
~Dawn
 
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Strawberry Banana Slushy

I have been on a quest to find a smoothie recipe I like.  I'm not a big yogurt fan and so many of the recipes I've found contain yogurt.  I stumbled upon this recipe from Stilletos and Legos (not sure about that combo!).  The recipe is actually for a slushy, not a smoothie but I thought it sounded pretty good and gave it a try.  I have a new favorite summer drink!  I love it!  I've created my own version of this recipe and I don't really measure so I can give you approximates.

Strawberry Banana Slushy:

1 medium banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup ice
1/4 cup diet 7 Up

Put it all in a blender and mix.  That's it!  She calls this a zero calorie slushy on her blog because she never counts calories for fruit.  However, after looking up the calories, this is less than 200 calories depending on how much fruit you add.  She uses 2 bananas and I only use one and I use less strawberries.
Look yummy?



I've gotten into a routine of drinking one of these slushies after I finish my workout for the day.  I like getting the protein from the banana right after a workout and the slushy really cools you off after being all hot and sweaty.  The way I mix it makes about 2 cups of slushy.  This is enough to feel like you really got a treat!  I like to use fairly ripe bananas so they make the drink sweeter.  You can also use other fruit, too.  I've added watermelon and peaches and they both taste great.  I always add the banana though for the protein.

This slushy is my reward for working hard and sweating my butt off during the workout!  However, if you're not into working out, you can still drink this for a cool summer drink.  Add a little rum and you can have yourself a cocktail. :)  Either way, I'm addicted to this slushy!  It's such a low calorie treat that I just can't stop making them!

~Dawn Pin It
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