Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad

One of my great loves of summer is ice cold cut watermelon!  During a non-pregnant summer it is my go-to after a hot, sweaty run….nothing is more refreshing.
Watermelon Salad & Goat Cheese Salad
adapted from food.com

(just in case you are wondering what the secret ingredient is in the picture…
a tortilla chip 🙂  Not sure how that snuck in there.
Ingredients:
1 lb seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
6 ounces fresh goat cheese crumbled 
1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
chopped basil
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions:
Place chilled, cubed watermelon in bowl. Sprinkle all over with the orange zest, goat cheese and basil. In a small bowl, whisk the orange juice and lemon juice with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the watermelon and goat cheese and serve right away.

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

 

Sea Scallops with Watermelon & Spinach Salad…Cabin Food

As Mom, Dad, Matt, J, and I drove to the cabin we decided that each would take a night to prepare a tasty meal.
We stopped at a neighboring town on our way to the wilderness to gather supplies. We all raided the grocery store searching for the perfect ingredients. Mom was trying to dish out coupons while Matt, J, and I examined the seafood counter.
In total we spent about 200 dollars for 4 days or food…that’s 12 meals serving 4 people….I think we did pretty good!

Mom and Dad’s Meal

on the menu:

  • champagne toast to J!
  • grilled, natural beef hamburgers with pepperjack or mozzarella cheese
  • roasted asparagus with lemon and sea salt
  • roasted sweet potato fries with chili seasoning and salt
  • dessert was grilled bananas with Haagen Daz 5 ice cream




Park Cafe
a sweet treat after a day of hiking
located in St. Mary’s, just outside the park

look at all the pie flavors (middle chalkboard)
boysenberry, cherry, lemon, rhubarb strawberry, peach, huckleberry, raspberry, apple…..

Matt and I split a giant huckleberry milkshake

Matt’s Meal
the menu:

  • Camembert cheese with strawberry glaze
  • steamed salmon on the grill with lemon and sea salt
  • tuna sashimi
  • mixed green salad with olive oil dressing
  • steamed artichokes
  • dessert was lemon and passionfruit Haagen Dazs 5 ice cream…Matt’s favorite


Breakfast one morning was a big avocado mixed greens salad

J and I’s Meal
the menu:
Sea Scallops with Watermelon & Spinach Salad
this was a nice, light, refreshing meal for a hot summer day

Ingredients: (I doubled everything to serve 4 hungry people)
1 lb medium sea scallops OR you can use about 16 small scallops (about 2 large or 4 small scallops per person)

1 T olive oil

sea salt

1 1/2 cups spinach (be generous) I used 4-6 cups for 4 persons

2 cups watermelon (be generous)

Dressing:

3 T mandarin orange olive oil (I picked up at Pilgrim’s Market… you can also use normal olive oil or lemon olive oil)

1 T chopped fresh mint

2 T scallions or red onion

1 T lime juice

1 T black or white sesame seeds

sea salt

1 small hot pepper (serrano, Thai, jalapeno, or bird), chopped

1 T grated lime zest

Instructions:
Rinse scallops and pat dry with paper towel. Toss in a small bowl with olive oil and salt. Heat grill or saute pan to about medium high heat.

Prepare dressing while pan heats up: whisk together olive oil, mint, scallions, lime juice, zest, sesame seeds, pepper, salt and pepper to taste.
Brush grill or add small amount of olive oil to pan. Cook scallops for about 4 minutes of one side and about 1 minute on the other. They should be white the entire way through and slightly springy to the touch. Set aside to cool.
In large bowl mix dressing onto spinach. Fold in watermelon and scallops. Garnish with extra lime zest or mint.

needless to say, we ate gourmet while out in the forest

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
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Happy Memorial Day – How to Cut a Watermelon

Memorial Day = food and fun.
It seems this weekend is the official kick off to summer activities….boating, pool, fishing and summer foods….burgers, corn, ice cream 🙂

I thought I would share one of my favs when it comes to summer cuisine…
WATERMELON
You can’t deny it, watermelon just hits the spot on those HOT, 100% humidity days.

It also hits the spot after a good long workout…in fact, I’m munching on and rehydrating myself with it now! Did you know watermelon is about 92% water!
health benefits:

Contains more lycopene than any other fresh fruit of veggie.

Vitamin A found in watermelon is important for optimal eye health, can help prevent night-blindness, and boosts immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells called lymphocytes.

Vitamin B6 found in watermelon is used by the body to manufacture brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), such as serotonin, melatonin and dopamine, which preliminary research shows may help the body cope with anxiety and panic.

Vitamin C in watermelon can help to bolster the immune system’s defenses against infections and viruses and can protect a body from harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging and conditions such as cataracts. http://www.watermelon.org/health.asp

How to select a good watermelon:
Look it over. Is it firm and symmetrical? Is it free from bruises, cuts or dents?
Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for it’s size.
Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.
http://www.watermelon.org/health_lycopene.asp

How to cut a watermelon: (I learned this technique after watching a vendor at the NCAA National track meet in DSM) very slick
1. slice the watermelon into two halves.

2. trim the bottom off of both halves.


3. slice down the side of the watermelon. just enough to trim the rind off and not waste a lot of the heavenly nectar.

4. slice through the watermelon so you have about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick slices.


5. repeat going the other direction and you get these fries-like slices. J and I find it fun eating the watermelon like this…actually, anything you have eat with you fingers is fun.
6. if you would like more cube-like slices, simply take your knife horizontally through the middle of the watermelon. YUM!

You don’t see these varieties everyday – square and watermelon. Man, I though it was a big deal when they came out with seedless!

Until next time…

look good, feel good, do good

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