Mixed Grill

Yes it was meat free Monday. No, I did not feel like going to the store. So we're going to consider this something like an Arnold Palmer, 1/2 lemonade and half iced tea. Except in this case it's a half vegan mixed grill (the other half is chicken).

Skinless boneless chicken can take on flavor in 30 minutes on the counter. I like to pound it thinner, which reduces cooking time and raises the chances of juicy chicken. I'm still working over charcoal. My best advice is don't rush the coals. Drink some wine if you must, in fact drink regardless.

The grilled veggies just have olive oil, but a big boost of flavor as well from a quick basil dressing.

Chicken marinade

1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken, your choice

Juice from a lemon

Whatever fresh herbs you have in whatever amount you want, chopped (thyme and oregano are great choices)

A couple of tablespoons of olive oil (or less)

2 big pinches of salt

Some grates of pepper

Marinate 1/2 hour countertop, or several hours in the fridge. If refrigerated, let come to room temp 15-20 minutes. Cook over coals or medium heat on the gas grill, flipped when edges turn opaque. Squeeze extra lemon.

Basil dressing

Large handful washed basil, no stems. Several pinches of salt and several grates of pepper. One garlic clove. Enough olive oil to make pourable dressing (about 1/3 of a cup). Blend in food processor. Add grated Italian cheese if you want.

Great on grilled veggies, bread, fish or chicken.

 

Watermelon Pops

It's here, ice pop season (well it was here, yesterday. I presume it will come back). Ice pops, aguas frescas, granitas, smoothies etc. are all great ways to use up fruit. I think pops are the easiest. Feel free to doll up the watermelon with lime zest or mint simple syrup. Or just make the pops as is.

Ingredients

4 cups watermelon chunks

up to 1/4 cup sugar

juice from 1 lime

Blend everything together. Don't skip or skimp on the sugar. When fruit freezes, the flavor goes flat. The juice might taste a bit sweeter than you'd like before freezing. Set in ice pop molds. That's it!

Wear your pj's inside out and do the summer dance – B