Friday, May 27, 2011

Fun Friday: Grillin' and Chillin' Edition!

Happy Friday! It's Memorial Day weekend and (*cough*supposedly*cough) it's going to be a sunny weekend here in central IL! We had quite the tornado scare here on Wednesday, so I think we deserve it! Nothing like a tornado siren going off to make you wet your pants! :)

In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day, I chose a funny Friday video that illustrates one "American family." Remember that show "Wife Swap?" I present to you KING CURTIS!

Oh. My. Good. Gravy. So many quoteable lines in that one! My personal favorites: "Chicken nuggets is like my family" and "BACON IS GOOD FOR ME!" And we wonder why we have a childhood obesity epidemic in America?

Mega props to personal trainer/Wife Swap mom Joy--she tried! I would LIKE to say that this episode/family is overly-exaggerated for TV, but because I'm a living product of the Southeast, I know that the horrifying "fry everything" mentality is real-life. Still, King Curtis is a pretty cute butterball!

Are you grillin' out for Memorial Day? Our neighbors got an awesome new grill (I mean that thing has a jet pack and shoots fireballs), so they gave us their SUPER SWEET old grill! Three cheers for more grilled veggies!

Wes is thinking "YAY now I can finally cook some meat!" hehe.

With Memorial Day this weekend, I thought I'd share two of my favorite "healthy" picnic/potluck recipes!

First up...

Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Lime Dressing
This super-fresh salsa-ish salad can be eaten alone or as a topping for fish or meat (veggie burgers--YUM!)

1 can corn or 2 cups fresh corn
2 small avocados, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (grape tomatoes work too!)
1/2 cup red onion, diced

1 tbsp. garlic-flavored olive oil
1/2 tsp. grated lime zest
1 tbsp. lime juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1. Combine corn, avocado, tomatoes and onion in a large bowl.
2. Mix dressing ingredients in another bowl. Pour over salad and fold gently to mix
3. Chill for 15-30 minutes to allow flavors to marinate.

In a pinch, I use these "fresh herbs" in recipes. Since we rent, it's not really practical to have an herb garden so these herbs won't go to waste like the fresh herbs that I buy.

You can find this in the veggie section at most grocery stores.

Where there's food, Fraggles are not far behind!

I used it as a dressing AND topping for my salad. Sprinkle a little feta cheese and WHAM BAM HOT DAMN!

And to satisfy that sweet tooth (the one I'm still trying to stifle for a least another week)...

Laura's Lighter Coconut Cake--in a jar? I'm a regular reader of Pinterest, a website where members post interesting/cool/creative images from all over the blogosphere. Pinterest is loaded with DIY inspiration--I could spend HOURS just surfing the images and getting project/art/food ideas!

Anywhoorah..."cake in a jar" seems to be a huge image trend in the food images, so I decided to buy these:

...and I tried putting my version of Coconut Cake in it! Smaller jars/portions could be used OR, you could just make the cake and "frosting" as a standard sheet cake. Here's the recipe!

Laura's Lighter Coconut Cake

1 box white cake mix

1 package (3.4oz) sugar-free coconut pudding (you can also use vanilla pudding with a little coconut extract mixed in!)
1 tub (8oz.) light whipped topping

1 package (7oz) coconut, toasted

4-8 jars (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Toast Coconut on a baking pan for 7-10 minutes or until browned.
3. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
4. Prepare cake mix as directed, but using egg whites or egg substitute instead of whole eggs. Bake cake and let cool.
5. After cake is cooled, prepare "frosting"--make pudding with skim milk. Let sit for 5 minutes.
6. Fold in whipped topping.
7. Frost cake OR layer with crumbled cake in jars. Top with toasted coconut.

Tie a ribbon and spoon on it for an attractive gift!

So toasty mmmmm....

For two more potluck recipes, check out this post!

This week's selected sounds are more of the "chillin'" variety. Let me know what you think!

1. Rise Above 1 - Reeve Carney (featuring Bono and The Edge)
(What I did NOT know before discovering this track, is that it's from the Broadway show, Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark. Okay, corny show, but FAB song!)

2. You've Got the Love - Florence and the Machine
(This girl's got some PIPES! A soulful song a la Adele)

3. Season's Trees - Dangermouse & Daniele Luppi (feat. Norah Jones)
(1/2 Gnarls Barkley + Italian Producer + old spaghetti western sound = THIS album. Norah Jones' voice is flawless. Totally gonna use this for Pilates/Yoga!)

4. C'mon (with fun) - Panic at the Disco
(Okay, okay, so last week I also posted a PATD song--but they really do rock! This is their newest single.)

5. Will Do - TV on the Radio
(A techno-y love song)

On my way to get my HAIR DID. It's a hot mess right now!

Q.O.D. (Question of the Day): Are chicken nuggets like your family? :) What's your favorite potluck/picnic grilling recipe? Post it in a comment below!

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