Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Citrus Marinade and a Happy 4th!

Morning bloggies and blog readers! Happy Tuesday! I keep forgetting it's Tuesday and think it's Monday. Anyone else doing that? 

Well today is going to be a scorcher at 100 degrees. I plan on staying inside and staying cool, not doing much today at all. What is everyone up to?

I had a great weekend, filled with lots of barbeques and family time. There was a ton of food this weekend, so I wasn't surprised when I woke up not that hungry because of all that was consumed. 

For our first barbeque we started out with sweet potato fries, grilled brussel sprouts and mushrooms and marinated tuna and shrimp. I cut the sweet potato fries bigger because I didn't want them to fall through the grill...which they did anyways. 

I marinated the tuna and shrimp for about 2 hours, letting it absorb all of the flavors. 
Extra large shrimp from Trader Joe's
Wild Tuna from Trader Joe's


My summer house (aka my mom's home)

Citrus Marinade
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
large handful of parsley
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Let marinate for 1-2 hours in the fridge, turning and stirring occasionally. Grill tuna and shrimp for 5-7 minutes on each side.

I loved this marinade because I usually use balsamic vinegar and/soy sauce as my base for a marinade, but this was very summery and refreshing.

On Monday we also had another barbeque. This was a little bit ridiculous with the amount of food we had. Most of it very healthy with the small exception of a couple of things, that of course, when eaten in moderation are great to have at barbecues!
first time having Skinnygirl marg's...made with agave nectar...amazing.
This is my sister's metaphoric picture of Danny and I.
Guacamole and two types of hummus. 
salmon, steak, salad ( I think I ate 1/2 the bowl...and then went back for most at 8pm) and macaroni salad. (Unpictured chicken.)

I absolutely love, love, love cooking for others. I also made my tarts for dessert. 
I could really see myself cooking for others making dinners, help plan meals, or doing parties, on a small scale. Between helping my mom at her dinner party last week, helping one of my friends plan a menu for a bridal shower and yesterday, it's been so much fun!

On another note.... I just bought a whole bunch of stuff from iherb.com. They have cheaper prices for everything you would buy at Whole Foods (think Navitas Naturals products). For $5.00 use the code CUL864 at checkout.

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Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I love citrus marinades - that sounds so delicious!

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

I bought a bottle of Skinny Girl too. It was really good! I was surprised at how much I like it!

Christine@Grub, Sweat and Cheers said...

What an outstanding looking meal! All of it looks so fantastic. Last time I tried to cook sweet potato on the bbq it went all mushy...going to try to do it in thicker pieces like you did next time.

Never seen that Skinny Girl before...but I love me some margaritas...looks great.

Kat said...

Everything looks wonderful! I also love cooking for others. When I threw my hubbys bday party I was so excited about everything even though I was stressing out!

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

Everything looks awesome...that citrus marinade looks so yummy!! I've never seen the skinny girl before...I'm going to have to find that!

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

Everything looks delicious! The marinade sounds very refreshing! I will have to give that one a try. So glad you had some relaxing fun. I love planning menus too! Definitely on the smaller scale though! Stay cool inside today!

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

YUM! Looks awesome! And totally random but I love that top you have one! Adorable!

Katie @ Healthy Heddleston said...

Looks so yummy... especially all the seafood! I think I'll definitely have to try that citrus marinade!

I can't believe the heat either! At 8am I was running in almost 90 degree weather and I was feeling ehhhh the whole time!

Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said...

Looks like a great fourth! Some yummy bbq foods you had there :) The shrimp and tuna looks great, especially with that marinade!

Jennifer said...

Glad the BBQ was a success! I wish I went to a party with that much delish food! :)

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

What a great spread of food!
And I LOVE the martini glass!!

anutritionisteats.com said...

I have got to track down the Skinny Girl Marg! I want to try it!!! (Even though I'm not even a big margarita fan....maybe it could convert me!)

Simply Life said...

wow! all that food looks amazing!

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

Everything looks DELICIOUS! I need to be invited next tme ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

that's funny you postded your iherb today...i hadnt posted mine in mos and did it today LOL

love the marinade, and the pics...the pics are where it's at, good times w/ friends and fam :)

Fit Chick in the City said...

I've really been wanting to try the Skinny Girl margarita mix!

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