When I was in fourth grade, my sister and I became obsessed with the movie Grease. For a while, we watched the tape every single day. That summer, my friends and I even put on a mini-play of Grease. I won the coveted role of Sandy… but we made my poor little sister play Danny! Actually, she was so ecstatic to be included with the “cooler older kids” that she didn’t mind. I wonder, though, if we traumatized her for life.
Is this going to come back to haunt me in a family therapy session someday?
None of this really has anything to do with today’s post, except for the title. Summer is still a far-off glimmer in the future. We haven’t even gotten through the “in like a lion” part of March yet. But the past two months have treated Dallas to a few days where it felt like summer. I took full advantage of the fleeting warmth to whip up some summery meals. What comes to mind for you when you think of “summer food”? Personally, I think of coleslaw, beans, and fresh fruit– true barbecue food (minus the yucky Texas brisket). So, on the warmest day we’ve had so far this year (it actually reached 80 at one point!), I made myself a Sumptuous Summer Feast:
Bush’s chili beans, kale chips, a Rudi’s English Muffin with vegan butter, fresh cantaloupe, and the pièce de résistance: quickie coleslaw (purple cabbage mixed with vegan mayo, such as Nayonaise, then left in the fridge to marinate for a few hours).
I threw together the coleslaw at the last minute, but I ended up liking it so much that I’ve since revisited the side dish numerous times. Some highlights:
Quickie coleslaw, plump green peas (Steamfresh Singles), baked tofu in a soy-sauce marinade, and savory oatmeal
More coleslaw, more pleasantly-plump peas (don’t call us fat!), a peachy-keen (in keeping with the Grease-theme) peach, Rudi’s whole wheat bread with a bit of melted vegan butter, and Amy’s curried red lentil dahl (This dahl was ok, but it lacked flavor. In the future I’m going to stick to homemade dahl. The rest of the meal, however, was fantastic!)
Coleslaw again, but this time he’s hanging out with a different crowd: a juicy orange, Steamfresh Singles brussels sprouts, blended splt pilaf, and a homemade Biggie Black Bean Burger (recipe coming soon… I need to perfect it first!)
Chocolate-Covered Song of the Day
You’re the One that I Want (Grease)
I don’t listen to “Summer Lovin'” when I run, as it’s not fast-paced enough for my liking. But I felt I still had to go with a Grease song. Luckily, the movie has a lot of great songs from which to choose.