Sunday, August 5, 2012


I have caught a major case of olympic fever. Every 2 years when the olympics roll around I spend hours watching sports that I have no clue the rules of and cheer on Team USA and Great Britain. And when I say hours, I mean HOURS, like 12 a day. I avidly avoid any website that shares olympic results before they are aired on tv. I have cried, I have screamed, I have laughed, and I have cheered. I now know all the rules of road cycling as well as race walking. You get the point, I LOVE the olympics. So when Annelih suggested olympic themed dishes for this weeks post I was on board!

After all the sweets I've been eating, baking really wasn't on the cards. I thought about doing something British but nothing really felt right. In the end I went with something healthy, delicious, and summery; quinoa fruit salad.

Quinoa is a super grain that, while being delicious, is packed with protein. It cooks just like rice and can be eaten both hot and cold. To give my quinoa an olympic flare I added fruit in the color of the olympic rings; blueberries for blue, mangos for yellow, blackberries for black, kiwi for green, and strawberries for red. For a little extra something, I added something toasted coconut and honey lime dressing.

Olympic Quinoa Salad

2 cups cooked quinoa cooled to room temp
handful of strawberries cut up
handful of blueberries
handful of blackberries
1 mango cubed
2 kiwis cubed
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded cocoanut toasted
juice of one lime
2 tbsp honey

1. In a bowl mix together the quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, mango, kiwi, and cocoanut.

2. In a separate bowl whisk together the lime and honey. Pour over fruit salad and mix.

3. Serve, eat, and enjoy!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer Cocktail

So, I completely failed this week. I missed our weekly group blog post. :( Although I'm four days late, I have a great summer cocktail for you all! 

Annelih posted a recipe for mango pineapple rum punch which looks delicious! Rum always makes me think of summer. All those fruity cold drinks with little umbrellas in them! 

Cassie did a Spanish wine drink called Tino de Verano. It looks super refreshing and is pretty simple to make. I'll adding it to my "took make" pile.

For my summer cocktail, I was planning on making a basil martini but Publix didn't have any basil, sad day. Instead, I went with what I had in the fridge. Strawberries, mint, ginger ale, and gin. It may sound like a strange combination but it was delicious, trust me!

Strawberry Mint fizz
3  sliced strawberries
4 mint leaves
1tsp sugar
1 shot of gin
Ginger ale

1. Muddle the strawberries, mint, and sugar in  the bottom of a tall glass. (I just used a spoon and smashed it all together )

2. Add gin, a couple of ice cubes, and top off glass with ginger ale. 

3. Stir, sip, and enjoy! (don't spill half on the couch like I did)