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Watermelon Granita Recipe

When it is hot the last thing any of us want to do is turn on the oven, but Lee and I have the fix for dessert on a Hot Summer Day, Watermelon Granita. This recipe makes a cool, refreshing dessert and no special equipment required. Only a few ingredients, and a tasty way to beat the summer heat. We have even served this granita in a glass with a shot of rum, tequila or vodka. So, it can be a summer sun quencher for adults or a dessert after dinner for all to share.

  

Recipe:

7 cups cubed watermelon

The Zest of One Lime 

3 medium limes, juiced  (zest the lime before juicing)

1/3 cup sugar. Taste the watermelon, if sweet you can reduce the sugar. 

 

Place the lime juice, zest, watermelon, and sugar in a blender. You may need to do this in a few batches. Blend until pureed.

 

Pour the pureed watermelon juice into a 9 x 13” casserole dish and place in the freezer. Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for 1 hour, remove the granita from the freezer and use a fork to scrape the granita. Return the dish to the freezer for another hour, do this once every hour until the granita is frozen, approx. 4 hours till done. When done Use a fork to scrape the granita into fine fluffy crumbles. Easy, Delicious, Refreshing. Serve and enjoy.

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Too Hot to Cook, Why Not Enjoy Gazpacho with a Twist

  • 5 Cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 Cup Seeded and diced tomato
  • 2 cup peeled, seeded, and diced cucumber
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ jalapeno chili, seeded and minced.  If you like hot leave a few seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Kosher salt.

Process watermelon, tomato, cucumber, onion, and jalapeno in a blender until smooth. Stir in last two ingredients. Cover and chill for 2 hours and serve chilled in bowls or glasses.  Chilling this soup in the fridge for a few hours gives the flavors a chance to mingle.   We enjoy this soup topped with a dollop of sour cream or crumbled feta, chopped cilantro or avocado.

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Mango, Corn, and Black Bean Salsa

This is the perfect easy summer recipe, no cooking involved, yet you can serve this with chicken or pork, or serve in a taco, on a salad, or a fajita.  We enjoy this salsa on a slice of cucumber or a taco chip. Sour Cream on the side is a tasty accompaniment. 

3 Large Mangoes, diced

16 Oz of Frozen Corn defrosted and drained.

16 Oz Can of Black Beans, rinsed and drained

2 Limes Juiced, if you feel the salsa needs more juice add the juice from an additional lime

¼ Cup chopped fresh cilantro or if you do not like cilantro sub in parsley

½ Red Onion Finely Chopped

Toss all the items except Cilantro in a bowl and combine.  Add the Cilantro, serve and enjoy.

 

This Salsa is also good on chicken or fish and since we are all grill enthusiasts, this is a great accompaniment to whatever you are cooking up on your grill.

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Easy Chicken Hawaiian In Foil

  • 4 Skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup of Teriyaki marinade
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Ripe Florida Fresh Pineapple cut into chunks
  • Pepper to taste (salt is already in the marinade)
  • Preheat your grill to medium high heat

Lay out 4 squares of Heavy-Duty Aluminum foil. Place one piece of chicken in the center of each square. Pour the sauce over the chicken in each packet and turn to coat. Distribute the peppers, onion, and pineapple chunks in each packet sprinkle each packet with fresh ground pepper and fold the foil up to tightly seal each four packet.

Place the packets on the grill, cook for 25 minutes. Open one packet and check to see if chicken juices run clear when tested, if so, remove all four packets and enjoy.  Clean up is a breeze.

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Summer Pasta Salad For Six

  • 1 – Box Large Pasta Shells
  • 1 Cup Feta Cheese Crumbled
  • 1 Pt. Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Pt. Red Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 3 English Cucumbers diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Mint Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Parsley Chopped
  • 1 Rib Celery Chopped, if you have fresh Celery Leaves you can chop them in too
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Black Olives
  • 2 Cups Low Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Clove Garlic Minced
  • The Zest of One Lemon
  • 3 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil to toss with the pasta after draining
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Cook Pasta according to package directions, drain and place on a sheet tray and toss with olive oil to cool

 

Once pasta is cooled place in a large bowl and fold in the rest of the ingredients.

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Lemon Blueberry Chicken Salad

Considering this is Corned Beef Month I thought I would pass along a lower fat recipe made with Florida fresh blueberries.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken cubed. Buy a roaster chicken from one of the local groceries. 
  • ½ Cup sliced green onions
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup diced Apple
  • ½ cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 Cup Low Fat Lemon Blueberry Dressing
  • Assorted Lettuces about 20 oz

 

After assembling the above and mixing up the dressing pour dressing over salad and enjoy.




Low Fat Lemon Blueberry Dressing

Mix together ¾ cups fresh or frozen blueberries, ½ cup low fat lemon yogurt, 2 TBSP.  Mayonnaise, and 1 tsp salt until blended. Chill and serve. 

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Real Estate Sales In Solivita

We are in a Very Hot Home Market in Solivita, seems as fast as the FOR SALE SIGN is put on the lawn, we are putting up an UNDER CONTRACT SIGN. If you are thinking about selling your home, now is the time, call a Bella Verde Sales Associate to schedule a free, informative, appointment and achieve a complete market analysis of your home’s value today.

Bella Verde Sales Associates are residents of Solivita and are a wealth of knowledge about our surroundings, our HOA, our home floorplans, and the benefits life in Solivita offers. If you live in Solivita you already know, Life in Solivita is wonderful, our landscapes are manicured and maintained by the HOA, our pools are sparkling, heated and tropical, and there is always something to do. One of the folks in our office calls life in Solivita a perpetual cruise without the fear of encountering rough seas. The Reflections Magazine lands on your driveway advising you of upcoming events, concerts, dinners, classes, club meetings, activities, tours, and just fun in general. No worries, and just like a cruise you can choose to participate in all the activities, some of the activities, or none of the activities, the choice is yours. Our two 18 Hole PGA Championship Golf Courses are groomed and ready to play 12 months a year, our flowers are always blooming, our clubs are active, and our neighborhoods are not only lovely but filled with fun loving, welcoming folks, enjoying the good life. So, if you are selling your home today, we have a list of buyers interested in living the good life in Solivita. Of course, if you are selling your home in Solivita because you want a larger residence or a smaller residence or a home with a different view we are here to help you with that too. A large percentage of our sellers purchase another residence in Solivita, as they know when life is good it is very good.

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Lemony Lentil Soup With Spinach or Kale

2 Tbsp. EVOO

2 Onions Chopped

2 Large Carrots, peeled and chopped

2 Stalks Celery, Chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

12 cups broth, plus more If needed

8 Cups (7 oz) chopped kale leaves ribs removed, or a box of fresh Spinach

4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 Tsp lemon zest

16 Oz. Green Lentils

1 Tsp dried basil

1 Tsp Dried Thyme

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Heat oil in sauce pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook till soft, 5 minutes. Add carrot, celery, and garlic.  Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until carrot is soft (about 5 minutes) Add broth, the lentils, herbs, and S & P.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, if using Kale, add it now.  Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until lentils are tender.  Add additional broth as needed.  If you are using spinach, add raw spinach 5 minutes before soup is cooked. Stir in lemon juice and grated peel before serving. 

This is the perfect Florida Winter Soup with Florida Fresh Lemon Juice adding a brightness that is just delicious.  This soup is a favorite in our house. If you can’t find green lentils, any lentil will work.  Enjoy.