Refreshing Watermelon juice

Summer brings many things to Texas. Scorching hot days, tubing down a river, hurricanes, ripe Fredericksburg peaches, and sweet, crisp watermelon. To me, watermelon is the fruit of summer. I have strong memories of eating ice cold watermelon after a long day of swimming and playing. There isn’t any other fruit like it. Sweet, crisp and refreshing. I was given a few watermelons from a friend and decided to try something new with them.  I immediately thought of a drink you can get from the snack shack at Zilker Park here in Austin. Its a cold, and slightly sweet watermelon juice made from fresh watermelons. And that sounded easy and delicious, which is right up my alley! Now, let me say that I usually alter my own recipes as I see fit. Not sweet enough? I add more sugar. Needs more salt? I add it. Don’t be afraid to change up any recipe you come across. Cooking is about making something fit your taste, and if you need to alter measurements, please do! Next time I make this juice, I might try and make a simple syrup with fresh mint in it. Life is too short to not try new things!

Refreshing Watermelon Juice

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Ingredients: 2 Servings

2 cups cubed, seedless watermelon

2 cups cold, filtered water

2 tablespoons sugar (or Ideal Brand sugar substitute)

juice of 1/2 lime 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender. Replace lid and blend until smooth.
  2. Place small, mesh strainer over a large mason jar or glass. 
  3. Pour watermelon puree through strainer. This removes any watermelon pulp from the juice.
  4. Serve over ice or place in the refrigerator until cold. 
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Cilantro, Lime Chicken

I adapted this recipe from Gimme Some Oven blog, which is full of wonderful recipes that all look delicious! This is another very easy meal that requires very little prep but definitely provides a lot of flavor. I would imagine it would work wonderfully on the grill, although I haven’t had a chance to try it like that yet.  You could also shred the chicken and use the meat for mouthwatering chicken tacos! If you love lime and you love cilantro then I insist you give this recipe a try. The original recipe can be found here.

This can be served with a side of vegetables, rice, quinoa or a nice salad! Let me know what you all think!

Cilantro, Lime Chicken

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Ingredients:

2 lbs chicken thighs (we used boneless)

1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

zest of two limes

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Wash and pat the chicken dry. Place in a large ziplock bag.
  2. Add lime juice, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, half of the lime zest, and half of the chopped cilantro. Close bag and mix well. Be sure to incorporate all of the ingredients and coat the chicken well.
  3. Place bag in the refrigerator for at least an hour. I prefer to let it marinade for a few hours. The marinade can be made in the morning and placed in the refrigerator, so that it is ready to throw in the oven for dinner.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Grease baking dish with olive oil and place the chicken and the marinade in the pan. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. We used boneless thighs so keep that in mind when you make your chicken. If you use bone in chicken thighs you will need to cook longer. Usually bone in chicken take 40 to 45 minutes to cook.
  6. Once cooked, sprinkle the remaining lime zest and cilantro over the chicken.