“By all means, move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.” – Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) The Devil Wears Prada
Hi Three to Five Tribe! Is it just me or does this summer heat and humidity have you moving at a glacial pace? #MirandaPriestly Don’t get me wrong, I am loving the summertime sunshine and the hot temperatures, but the Midwest humidity has me moving at a snail’s pace. #MidwestProblems Besides moving slow, I also have little to no appetite either.
After further research, I learned our bodys’ metabolism slightly slows down during the warmer months since the outdoor temperatures are closer to our bodys’ natural internal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Basically, your body does not have to work as hard to keep you at 98.6 degrees! (Think back to those Midwest winters when we lived through negative temperatures. This is when our bodies are working hard to keep us warm, in turn slightly speeding up the body’s metabolism).
Some of you may be thinking, “What’s wrong with eating less?” Well nothing really, but you need to remember to eat and drink lots of water to stay hydrated during the summertime heatwaves. (Remember to drink half of your body weight in fluid ounces on the daily and even more so if you are sweating from the heat and humidity like myself). #ISweatLikeaMan It is important to consume quality calories so you have energy for all of the fun in the sun you have planned, especially for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, just days away!
I recently discovered a summertime side dish that is too delicious to pass up, even if you are moving at a glacial pace. (Shoutout to my Daddy-O #ChefSteve for concocting this culinary creation that I cannot take credit for even though I wish I could). If you are looking for an easy, inexpensive dish to share with family and friends this Fourth of July for a holiday backyard BBQ or boat ride, this is the dish for you! Insider Tip: Since this is a chilled salad, it is super simple to prepare the day before your event if you are looking to save some time the day of.
Chilled Mediterranean Coucous Salad
Disclaimer: Every 1 cup of cooked Mediterranean Couscous serves 2 peeps, so keep this in mind so you can plan servings accordingly).
- Mediterranean Couscous (Sometimes labeled as Israeli Couscous) #samedifference
- Vegetable broth (I recommend Rachel Ray’s brand as it has no sugar) #thanksmom
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil #EVOO
- Kalamata Olives (sliced or whole)
- Cherry Tomatoes (sliced or whole)
- Cucumbers (sliced or diced)
- Red Onion (diced)
- Chopped Chives (Optional)
- Sautéed Kale (Optional)
- Feta Cheese (Optional)
- Grilled chicken (Optional)
- Please note that amounts are not included for each ingredient. That is up to you to decide! Like something? Add more! Love something? Add a lot more! Hate something? Leave it out! #itsthatsimple but remember folks, #lessismore unless it’s cheese, you can never have enough cheese
#1 Boil the vegetable broth and the Mediterranean Couscous together on a low heat. Be sure to watch it closely as the couscous cooks quickly! #InsiderTip Please note, the ratio for the vegetable broth and dried Mediterranean Couscous is one to one, so depending how many cups of couscous you cook, adjust the vegetable broth accordingly.
#2 Once the Mediterranean Couscous is fully cooked in the veggie broth, make sure any excess broth is drained. Drizzle EVOO on the couscous grains to prevent them from sticking together in clumps. #EasyOnThePour
#3 Add in the Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and any optional ingredients of your choice. Side note: I highly recommend the sautéed kale and feta cheese. If you are looking to make a hardier salad then add in the grilled chicken for a protein packed dish.
#4 Pop in the fridge and let chill for at least 20-30 minutes at a minimum, basically enough time for the couscous to simmer down and chill. And…done! It’s that simple folks.
I hope you will try this summertime side this Fourth of July weekend. It is a delicious dish that will be sure to tantalize tastebuds and please palettes. A big thank you to my Daddy-O, Steve Martens, for creating this winning culinary combo!
Have a fabulous Fourth of July everyone! Stay safe, apply SPF, remember to hydrate while you dehydrate, and most importantly, enjoy the true meaning of this summertime celebration.
Let Freedom Ring,