Here's a little recipe I devised the other week in order to eat some ripe mangoes and not heat up the kitchen. For this recipe, you don't need to heat anything except the water to make the couscous. Boil a cup of water and put it in a bowl with the 1 cup of couscous; cover with a plate for 5 minutes. Cut up the rest of the stuff while you're waiting. Uncover the couscous and toss it with a fork to let it cool off a bit before adding the other ingredients and tossing it with the dressing.
Mango Couscous Salad
1 cup couscous, raw (or use 2 cups cooked rice or quinoa)
2 cups chicken chunks, already cooked (sub in tofu)
1 tomato, chopped
2 mangoes, chopped (sub in peaches or apricots)
chopped up mint, green onion, cilantro to taste
feta or bocconcini cheese - top with this (optional)
1 1/2 T. rice vinegar
1 T. maple syrup (optional but really yummy)
1/2 t. sesame seed oil
1 T. canola oil
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh Spring Rolls
We brought these camping last year because they were so easy and good. We just put a bit of warm water on a plate, let the rice wrap sit in the water for maybe a minute or so until softened, then move it to another place to stuff it with your choice of fillings, then wrap up the sides and ends, dip, and eat!
Rice paper wraps (we can get them at our grocery store with about 50 in a pack)
Warm water on a plate
- vermicelli noodles, cooked
- shredded lettuce
- carrots, thinly sliced
- tofu or chicken or beef or pork slices or shrimp
- hoisin sauce mixed with sugar (for dipping)
- fresh basil, cilantro, and mint
- cucumber, thinly sliced
- mango, thinly sliced
Hoisin dipping sauce:
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 T. peanut butter
And speaking of ideas, I'm looking for ways that our little family can have a small summer solstice fiesta, nothing big, nothing fancy - just some simple ways to celebrate things summery. I like to treasure and welcome each season. The summer solstice was officially June 21 (yesterday) this year, but I'm sure summer won't mind if we wait a few days before properly celebrating. Here's what I have so far: something that involves sun + water + fire.
Happy summer to you!