Sunday, June 22, 2008

Natural, Organic and Healthy Summer Picnic Recipes

Summer is officially here and with it comes beach parties, pool parties, picnics and fun summer, social gatherings.

We would like to highlight a few great natural and organic recipes that will help you and your family stay healthy while enjoying the fun summer sun.

Chicken Veggie Coucous Salad
1½ cups couscous
1 grilled chicken breast, diced
1 green pepper, washed and cut in strips
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into matchstick shapes
1 celery stalk, washed and sliced
Dressing: 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, juice from 1 lemon, salt, pepper, and 1 Tbs chopped fresh mint leaves
Garnish: radish, washed and sliced
Prepare couscous as per packet instructions. Place all ingredients in a salad bowl. Mix all ingredients for the dressing and shake to blend well. Pour over the salad and garnish with the sliced radishes.
TP Pasta Salad (Tomatoes & Peas)

1/3 cup white-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried,
1 large garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon
1/2 cup olive oil
1 pound medium pasta shells
1/2 pound shelled fresh or frozen peas (about 1 1/2 cups), boiled until
tender and drained
2 pints red or yellow pear tomatoes or cherry tomatoes or a
combination, halved
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves

In a large bowl whisk together the vinegar, the water, the salt, the sugar, the tarragon, the garlic paste, and pepper to taste, add the oil in a stream, whisking, and whisk the dressing until it is emulsified. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook the pasta until it is tender, in a colander rinse it well, and drain it. In the bowl toss the pasta with the dressing, add the peas, the tomatoes, and the basil, and toss the salad well.

And for a great dessert try this yummy Vanilla Strawberry Tofu Cake

1/2 cup flax seeds
1 cake (19-ounce) silken tofu
1/2 to 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
2 cups strawberries (or substitute with blueberries, blackberries any berry)
1 tbs. tahini (sesame paste)
1 tbs. vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup

Grind flax seeds in seed mill, blender or food processor until the consistency is like that or corn meal. Combine all ingredients in bowl or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more maple syrup to taste.

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