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Grilled Portobello “Pizzas”

 

portobello pizzas

There’s something pretty fantastic about a warm summer night and the smell of charcoal in your back yard. I was in the mood to get a little creative last week so I stopped by the grocery store on my way home and picked out a few of my absolute fave ingredients.

These little “pizzas” keep things low-carb while still giving you a comfort food fix. They’re also a super simple weeknight grill meal that require hardly any prep time. Win!

Serves 2

Ingredients

4 large portobello mushroom caps

Organic garlic pizza sauce

Fresh basil

Sun-dried tomatoes

Goat cheese

Directions

1. Cut the stems off of your portobellos and scoop out the gills with a spoon.

2. Coat the outside of the mushrooms with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

3. Toss your bellas on the grill. Give them a couple of minutes to heat up but don’t wait too long or they will start to shrink up.

4. Spread on pizza sauce. Add fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and top with goat cheese.

5. Cook for 2-3 minutes covered or until goat cheese begins to melt.

6.  Remove from grill and enjoy!

 

These tasted absolutely fabulous. Maybe I’m a bit biased – I could seriously eat goat cheese off a piece of cardboard and think it was gourmet – but the hubs liked them too so that’s gotta say something. 🙂  Next time I’d add some protein to make them a bit more filling. Cubed prosciutto or diced chicken would be tasty!

 

Do you ever make anything out of the ordinary on the grill?

 

 

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Tequila Lime Shrimp Kebabs

Looking for a light summertime meal on the grill?  Kebabs are such a perfect hot-weather food, and these are no exception. I suppose we could call these “Margarita-bobs” (why do I always insist on some dumb cheeky  title?)…They are fresh, tangy, and super quick. Great for a weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

1 lb uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

1 orange bell pepper

½ cup Tequila

¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice

3 cloves garlic

½ tsp. Red pepper flakes

Salt & pepper

 


Directions

Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking so they don’t burn.

Mix tequila, lime juice, and garlic in a bowl. Stir in red pepper flakes, salt & pepper.

Chop up bell peppers in to 1 ½ inch squares and add them to the marinade.

Remove tails from shrimp and add them to the mix. Marinade for 30-60 minutes. Don’t wait too long or the shrimp will start to “cook” from the lime juice.

Skewer the peppers and shrimp on separate skewers. Put the peppers on the grill about 5 minutes before the shrimp, turning once.

Remove from the grill and serve.

 

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The Recipe for a Perfect Summer


Although I do enjoy the change of seasons and the winter sports that my state has to offer, I absolutely LOVE hot weather. Minnesota summers are so fleeting, it’s tough to squeeze in all of the FUN summer can offer into a few short months.

There a few activities that I absolutely MUST check off my list each summer to consider it a success. Which of these summer past times make YOUR list?

GRILL

As in, as often as humanly possible. Steaks, pork chops, fish, kebabs, asparagus, burgers, brats, whatever. The smell of charcoal is pure happiness. Plus, who doesn’t love eating outside off paper plates?

ATTEND A SPORTING EVENT

At least one baseball game per summer is a must. We’ve got an awesome new stadium just a few miles away (unfortunately, not such an awesome team). Heck, you don’t even need to like the sport to enjoy the fans, the beer, and the Wave (duh). Or, go to a soccer game or minor league event and save some cash. Regardless of the team, the camaraderie and atmosphere at an outdoor game is unbeatable. P.S. – I took this picture last night. Crazy great seats..right behind home plate!

FIND THE PERFECT PATIO/ROOFTOP

I can’t imagine too many things I’d rather be doing on a sunny Saturday afternoon than sitting on a patio or rooftop with a Corona, vodka lemonade, margarita, or {insert your favorite adult beverage here}. A few great spots around the Twin Cities area include Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, Muddy Waters, Brit’s Pub, CRAVE, Stella’s Fish Café, Lord Fletcher’s, The Happy Gnome, Uptown Cafeteria, etc…

Enjoying a gigantic booze concoction on the Psycho Suzi’s patio…

APPRECIATE NATURE

Get away from your familiar surroundings for a weekend. The chores will still be there when you get home. Go hiking, biking, climbing, or camping somewhere secluded and leave work and everything else behind for a couple of days. Clear your head. Appreciate the summer and all of the beauty and life it creates.


Hiking the trails near Bozeman, Montana 

GO TO THE FAIR

It’s just sort of expected in Minnesota, perhaps because ours is the 2nd biggest State Fair in the country (everything is bigger in Texas). I get super pumped every year when the food list comes out…we scout out our route – “Ok, the pulled turkey sandwiches are here, the deep fried mashed potatoes on a stick are over here, the grilled corn on the cob here, and the other super-fattening-but-amazingly-tasty-weird-fair-food is over by the cattle barn”. In addition to the awesome food, the fair is the ultimate people-watching experience. It brings all kinds of weirdos out of the woodwork. Sit back and watch, or share a tilt-a-whirl cart with one of them.

EXERCISE OUTSIDE

If you’re like me, you spend enough painstaking hours inside the gym all winter long when it’s perpetually dark and frozen outside. I have a really tough time even setting foot in a gym when it’s over 55 degrees out. I was even lucky enough to run outside this January when we had record high temps in the 50s! Warmer weather is God’s way of telling us to enjoy the outdoors. Get on your bike and ride the trails, go for a run around a lake, or work out in the park (monkey-bar pullups!).

 

ATTEND AN OUTDOOR CONCERT

Do a Google search for “outdoor concert calendar {your area}”. Whether it’s a local rock band, orchestra, dance group, movie, or comedy show, you can probably find free (or nearly free) entertainment in your city virtually any night of the week. It’s a great opportunity to meet people in your community and get away from your normal weekday routine.

FIND SOME WATER

Swim, lounge on a floating raft, splash, play, waterski, tube, fish, whatever floats your boat (haha…get it?). We are blessed to live in the land of 10,000 (actually more like 12,000) lakes, so there’s water just about everywhere you look. Cool down and enjoy the pool, lake, or ocean whenever possible…the sub-zero temps will be back sooner than you know it.

 

What are YOUR favorite summertime activities? Let me know in the comments below!

 Photo Credits: Grill, State Fair, Outdoor Concert, Waterskiier

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