Mediterranean Power Salad

It may be September but here in Austin it’s still in the high 90s and the humidity did not get the message to go away because it’s supposed to be turning into autumn. So what does one do for a healthy weeknight dinner that does not involve touching the stove? You make yourself a power salad filled with all that is good and filling. I do not believe that salads have to be boring or limp. You can add grains, you can add protein that isn’t bland and it can have a ton flavor. Since my mind has been preoccupied with dreaming of a trip to the Mediterranean, my taste buds needed to be inspired too. Mediterranean power salad it is.

There’s not a lot of real measurements so you can make it however big or small you want, so here’s the cast of characters:

A bed of power greens

Diced red onion

Chopped cucumber

Kalamata olives

Cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup couscous per person

Rosemary citrus shrimp (marinade to follow)

 

Simple list and the shrimpies cook up quick with just 2-3 minutes (or until opaque) on each side on medium high heat. Throw the veggies and greens together, dress with your favorite vinaigrette (try using pomegranate red wine vinegar if you make your own) and top with warm couscous and shrimp. I paired mine with a grapefruit vodka and soda cocktail and was happy as a clam.

Mediterranean

Yes yes you get an iphone shot instead of a real picture but it’s actually because I was too excited to eat the salad than actually try and take a pretty picture of it. And the fact that I was only an episode away from finishing Sherlock had nothing to do with me not wanting to get up and find a camera. Nothing.

I posted my favorite vinaigrette recipe here. And here’s my rosemary citrus shrimp marinade for around 1/2 pound of shrimp:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh citrus juice (I tried lime and grapefruit and both balanced out the rosemary very nicely)

1-2 Tbsp. diced fresh rosemary (really depends on how big your shrimp are)

Sea salt and cracked pepper to your preference

I recommend seasoning your shrimp with salt and pepper before adding to the marinade.

Now all you have to do is let your taste buds take you to a Greek Isle and enjoy.

Book Review: Girls in White Dresses

Are they a few of your favorite things?

with blue satin sashes…

If you’re not singing the song from Sound of Music then count yourself one of the few fortunate ones. I’ve been singing it for days with this book sitting out.

Close’s first novel follows three friends (Isabella, Mary, and Lauren) through what seems like an endless wedding season for all their friends. The comedy comes from the single girls trying to figure out life let alone find the right man to marry meanwhile barely surviving bridal showers and bachelorette parties and cooing over rings. Close delves into where the relationship between all the friends started and how each girl got to be where they are presently with all their emotional baggage with them.

It’s a light read, perfect for a pool or beach side day when you need a quick amusing read. It really does not go that far in and all the emotional burdens of the girls are skin deep. I’m not sure what I was expecting from it but it didn’t quite get there for me. I got distracted by all the side stories and the unnecessary background information personally but it was a fun light-hearted read. So if you need a good chuckle, perhaps you’re going through the same thing (it is wedding season by the way) and need an anti-lovey dovey book then try it out!

Has anyone else read it and had the same or different opinion? What other books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Page by Page

I have a weird block of time that needs to be filled. After working in the lab in the morning, I don’t go run until around 7 or 8 (basically when the sun goes down so I don’t melt in the sun). I would prefer something that keeps my mind occupied in a stimulating and entertaining way other than the obvious entertainment of Dance Mom marathons and hours on pinterest and tumblrs. To combat these not so well spent hours I have collected a list of books that I want to read. I see myself spending a lot of time perusing Barnes and Noble and perchance Half Price Books that will be well worth it. My goal is to read at least 5 before school starts… Let’s see how much of a bookworm I become.

I Married Adventure: Ora Johnson

South of Broad: Pat Conroy

Innocents: Francesca Segal

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Shaffer & Barrows

Garden Spells: Sarah Addison Allen

Dreaming in French: Alice Kaplin

Forgotten Garden: Kate Morton

A Full Cup: Michael D Antonio

The Paris Wife: Paula McLain

I’m starting with Searching for Hassan by Terence Ward. I read it in high school for a project but am enjoying the history and writing much much more now that it’s not for a project!

I’m trying to shy away from my go-to military/military history literature for something a little more light for this summer. Any suggestions?

Happy reading!