Memorial Day weekend is the official start to the outdoor summer season! It’s time for grilling, picnicking and eating poolside, at the beach, or al fresco. With these handy summer-kick-off ideas from The Spice & Tea Exchange®, you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying delicious food and fun among friends and family.
Save That Salad!
Summer heat can make salad prep a challenge, and wilted greens can put you in a salad-situation! Having a whole grain, flavorful rice or pasta on hand can be a lifesaver when guests are about to arrive and you have to quickly rework that “green” salad you were planning for. Several pantry must-haves for summer include: TSTE® Pecan Style Rice, Bamboo Rice, Lemon Garlic Orzo and Incan Quinoa. No matter what your salad accoutrements – vegetables, shrimp or fish, chicken or beef, or even fruit – you can turn your green salad into a hearty, satisfying whole grain salad in minutes!
Redress Your Leftovers
Looking for a way to use those leftovers from last night’s dinner? Combine your grilled meats and veggies with our flavorful grains. Toss in a little homemade dressing (use our recipe for Basil Oil with just a splash of lemon juice or rice vinegar), and you’ve got a great “leftover” meal.
Try these combos:
- Incan Quinoa topped with grilled shrimp, seasoned in our Herb Sesame Blend or Moroccan Spice Blend
- Pecan Style Rice with grilled shrimp, grilled and seasoned with Smoked BBQ Rub; serve vegetables seasoned with Onion Obsession or Florida Sunshine on the side
- Bamboo Rice mixed with tropical fruit, tossed in TSTE® Infused Sugars (let fruit marinate in sugar until melted then mix into rice; to add additional flavor, sprinkle and blend in Coconut Flake Powder and/or Vanilla Powder)
- Lemon Garlic Orzo and grilled chicken seasoned with Crazy Chicken Blend or Greek Seasoning Blend.