Monday, May 14, 2012

Fun Summer Drinks, Sides & Desserts

Well, The Nuggets didn't beat the Lakers, but we still had a great time BBQing with friends :)  We started the evening off with Spiked Arnold Palmers, with equal parts sweetened ice tea and sparkling lemonade with a splash of Honey Jack Daniels (using my signature sweet tea recipe listed below!) 

 Then with our hot dogs and hamburgers, I made a fun fruit salad and the hubby grilled up some fresh corn and asparagus, charred to perfection.  We ended the night on a sweet and tangy note with raspberry lemon bars and they were definitely the hit of the whole meal... sooo good (and easy!)

My Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe:
4 decaf iced tea bags
4 decaf green tea bags
1/2 cup pure cane sugar
1/4 cup natural local honey
2 quarts purified water

*Microwave 1/2 quart of water in a microwave safe bowl for 4 minutes.  Carefully take out and pour honey and sugar into it, stir until dissolved.  Then steep all tea bags in it for 5 minutes.  Pour into a pitcher and fill with the other 1 1/2 quarts of water.  Stir and enjoy over a glass full of ice and a lemon wedge.  Mint leaf optional.

This was a fun fruit salad full of watermelon, cucumber, mozzarella, proscuitto, grapes and peaches, all tossed in poppyseed dressing with a splash of fresh lemon juice and torn mint leaves.

grilled corn (best served with butter, lime juice and zest, paprika and grated parmesan)

grilled asparagus with salt, pepper and lemon juice


Combine and press into 8X8 pan:
1 1/2 cups reduced fat graham cracker crumbs (grind them yourself or use the regular pregound)
8 Tbsp. melted butter or smart balance
1/4 cup sugar and zest of 1 lemon

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes and let cool.

Stir together until thick:
2 free range egg yolks
1 14 ounce can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

GENTLY fold in a 6 once container of fresh raspberries

Pour into graham cracker crust and bake for 15-18 minutes.  Chill for at least an hour and serve!

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