If you are paying attention, you may have noticed that I’m writing about Day 5 on Day 6. It’s not because I didn’t cook—in fact, I made three separate dishes yesterday. The occasion? It was my husband’s birthday—and what would a birthday be without good food, friends and family, and some tasty beverages. Needless to say, I didn’t feel like writing after the evening came to a close.
Although there are more than 30 recipes in the “August” section of Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2014, picking something for my husband’s birthday dinner proved challenging. In the end, I chose two side dishes from the August section, but went back in time to a few months to June for the main course. Normally, making three separate dishes would be both time-consuming and a little frustrating for me. Fortunately, each side dish took less than 10 minutes to make. First, I made “Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro“—my pictures doesn’t do it justice at all, as it was fantastic (Cooking Light’s photo is much better!). Because the recipe only called for a few basic ingredients, I was able to make it exactly as written—for a change! I’ll be honest, I don’t normally like coleslaw—I never eat it when it’s offered in the diner—so I wasn’t certain that I would actually like this side. I could not have been more wrong! I think it may have even been everyone’s favorite of the evening. I’ll definitely be making this one again.
The other side dish wasn’t nearly as exciting, but it was easy, and still quite tasty—”Greek Salad Cucumbers.” I didn’t intentionally ignore the instructions in this recipe, but as I was having a drink and chatting with my guests, I inadvertently cut the cucumbers the wrong way, and although I had the fresh dill, I forgot to add it! All in all, it was a simple and refreshing dish.
The final thing I made was the main course, and technically it shouldn’t be shared on Day 5 as it wasn’t from the month of August. BUT, because it was not only simple and delicious, the sauce that topped the vegetables was outstanding, and I think it should be shared—and possibly, made—by all of you. It was called “Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad“—delicious! If you do decide to make it, don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients—it truly is simple to make. When I make it again, I will definitely double the amount of vegetables, and make some extra sauce, as no one could get enough of it, and I think at least a few of us even thought about licking the bowl.
It’s now 4:00, I had better decide what to make for Day 6! [Sigh]