So, I’m six days in, and this challenge is proving to be a little more challenging than I had imagined. I hope that it gets easier as I get used to making something new every day—or at the very least, I hope I get more organized so I don’t have to run to the store every day!
Tonight, my kids actually wanted me to cooking something new, but I had absolutely no motivation. And, thanks to my wonderful brother-in-law, we had a fridge full of Turkish kofte, chicken wings, and steak—so all I had to do was throw something on the grill. Voila, dinner was served. Of course, I still had to make something new from Cooking Light, so after dinner was finished, and the dishes were piled up in the sink, I ran to Shop Rite for the third time in three days. This time, I just had to pick up lemons and blueberries because I had decided to make “Blueberry and Basil Lemonade.” Yes, this counts.
It’s funny, but in all the years I have been cooking—and attempting to make healthy options—I’ve never made lemonade from scratch. Now that I’ve actually made it, I’m just kicking myself with the years of buying pre-made lemonade. It was wonderful! There are six different lemonade recipes in this month of Cooking Light, all of them using a half a cup fresh squeezed lemon juice. In this case, I just had to add 2 cups of blueberries, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/4 cup torn basil. After muddling the ingredients together, you just had to add 4 cups of water which you then let sit for 30 minutes. The only tricky part came when I was told to pour it through a sieve—which I don’t have. So, using one of those pitchers that has the compartment for infusing fruit juice into your water, I poured the lemonade through that and into the pitcher. It worked perfectly, and then I decided to leave the puree in the compartment so that it could continue to infuse.
My son was a little hesitant to try it, since he’s a lemonade purist, but when he finally did, he loved it. In fact, at this moment, he keeps telling his sister not to drink anymore! This fact basically tells you my daughter’s reaction—she loved it! Her exact words were “It’s refreshing, although it could be a little sweeter.” Personally, I love that it isn’t too sweet—there was just enough sugar to bring out the sweetness of the blueberries and to cut down the sourness of the lemons. Perfect!
I’ll definitely be trying each of the other lemonades throughout this month!