A Quick Summer Recipe

During the summer, folks have a tendency to lean toward lighter meals in the evening. In fact, they like to toss something relatively simple together. Summertime offers a myriad of local fresh produce and the opportunity to fire up the grill. A quick and easy meal will help you save the fuss of lengthy preparation and leave plenty of time to have fun in the sun. Here are a few quick and savory possibilities for summer dishes:
Grilled Shrimp Souvlaki
Ingredients:
1lb of large shrimp, peeled & deveined
6 tbsp fresh lemon juice (divided)
2 tsp olive (divided)
3 tbsp fresh dill (divided)
1 tbsp fresh oregano
¾ cup Greek yogurt (divided)
2 minced garlic cloves (divided)
2 cucumbers
Black pepper
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 red onion
4 whole-wheat flatbreads
8 romaine lettuce leaves
Directions:
1)     Preheat grill pan
2)    Rinse the shrimp well and make sure they are well cleaned. Then stir together 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of olive oil, and 1tbsp of dill and oregano into a bowl. Add the shrimp and toss them in the mixture. Let them marinate for about 10 minutes.
3)    Mix ¼ cup of Greek yogurt with one minced clove of garlic, 2 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of dill in another bowl. Then, with a vegetable peeler, cut the cucumbers into lengthwise ribbons and discard the largely seeded area. Add the ribbons into the yogurt mixture and pepper to taste.
4)    Mix the remaining ½ cup of yogurt with 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of dill and the other half of the minced garlic into another bowl for raita sauce. Add pepper to taste.
5)   Combine cherry tomatoes and 1/3 inch rings of onions in remaining olive oil into a bowl. Grill the shrimp with tomatoes and onion in a lightly oiled cast iron skillet or grill pan. Cook for about 5 minutes or until shrimps are bright red, tomatoes are soft and onions are golden and tender.
6)   Grill flatbread until slightly crisp. Then top flatbread evenly with cucumber salad, shrimp, onions, tomatoes and romaine. Add raita sauce if desired.
 Now you can sit outdoors and soak in the beautiful warm sunset. Enjoy!
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Outdoor Dining

 

Ashley Outdoor Dining
The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here! Ashley Furniture has released their Outdoor Dining Furniturecollection. Bring the same indoor elegance to your outdoor space and create your own  little bistro right in the comfort of your own backyard. Spruce it up with ornate, stylish and comfortable pieces that will be sure to last you for years to come! Now that you have your hands on affordable outdoor dining, narrow down your choice based on whether you plan to entertain a large group or if you intend to enjoy a quiet meal alone. A variety of sets are available to you to meet your needs! Hello morning lattes, delicious cocktails and gourmet meals in the sun!
Choosing a table
First and foremost, choosing a table that best suits your needs is a must! Depending on whether you plan to entertain or if you’re just looking to sit outdoors to soak up some rays, your intention will determine the size of table. Most outdoor dining tables are either rectangular or round. The number of seating ranges from 4-10 people. If you’re leaning toward a rectangular table, then you may want to consider the rustic Peachstone rectangular dining table. Its rectangular shape has a woodsy look you will love in a resilient rust-resistant aluminum frame. If you’re leaning toward a round-shaped table, opt for the beautiful Carmadelia round diningtable. Its glass tabletop is hand-painted to resemble leather, which is quite the visual treat.
Chairs or benches
Next, you need to choose your form of seating. The current trend is either dining chairs or benches. If you’re looking for a more traditional look, then chairs are the way to go! Benches have a tendency to be on the modern side. If you want to go for an eclectic look, you can always opt for a mix of both!
Of course, there is always the option to buy the matching dining chairs for the Peachstone & Carmadelia dining tables. You can always spice up the Peachstone seating by throwing a bench into the mix! The Moresdale bench is the ultimate option in terms of style and comfort. Its plush cushion will have you comfortable for hours!
Don’t miss out on the release of these great outdoor dining furniture pieces. Make your backyard a beautiful retreat this summer!
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