Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's day food and drink

Father's day is at hand.  Im spending mine with my mom and daddy at a minor league Mets game.  Afterwards, Im going back to their house for bbq.  It's summer.  Its hot and sunny.  I dislike mayonnaise, especially in warm weather.  I did my thing and looked up a couple recipes to prepare.  The meal plan is steak, coleslaw, potato salad, grilled corn on the cob and sugar-free Arnold Palmers (half lemonade/half iced tea).

Coleslaw- I bought the pre-packed coleslaw mix in a bag.  At mom's suggestion, I mixed in fat free Italian dressing.  Yum!  I had to have some with dinner last night just to taste test.  Its not only yummy but a healthier alternative to coleslaw laden with mayo.

Potato Salad w/out mayo
for this I tweeked recipe to delicious results

2lb red potatoes, cubed
2tbs vinegar
1/4c extra virgin olive oil
1tbs dijon mustard
to taste: salt, pepper, onion powder, dried basil

In large pot bring potatoes to boil in lightly salted water.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender; drain
In large bowl, whisk remaining ingredients together.
Mix hot potatoes into bowl with flavored mixture.
Allow to cool before serving.

Sugar-free Arnold Palmer
This is Tyler Florence's recipe.  I just subbed sugar for Splenda.  I also changed a bit of the measurements because it isnt specific about how much they mean when they say "kettle of water"

4 tea bags
6 c water
1 c simple syrup (1:1 sugar solution.  boil to dissolve sugar if using sugar instead of Splenda)
1 c lemon juice
2 c ice cubes

Bring tea bags to a boil in water.   Boil for 3 minutes.  Remove tea bag and allow tea to cool on counter or fridge.  Leave tea bags in longer for stronger tea.
While tea is boiling, blend simple syrup, lemon juice and ice.  Keep slushy lemonade in freezer while tea is cooling.
When ready to serve, mix 1:1 tea & lemonade slush.

Foil Grilled Corn on the Cob
Just a suggestion here: prep ahead of time by wrapping the cleaned, lightly salted cob in foil with a couple pads of butter.

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