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The collage below shows all the items I received from BabbleBoxx: Fareway meats, Popchips and Southern Breeze Cold Brew iced tea bags.
Summer has actually (and not just officially) arrived here in New England! Yay! My sister hosted our family’s 4thof July holiday, which punctuated a delightful new season of casual entertaining and relaxed gatherings with friends and family that, for me and Christopher, started mid-June.
Hospitality Tip #1
When it comes to being entertained, my motto has always been: “Never go empty-handed!” So, with a plethora of summer events on the horizon and corresponding plans to contribute my favorite foods and recipes top of mind, I’m excited to share in this post my avocado cilantro dressing and some very special products I received this month that will add spice and ease to any group gathering you host or attend.
Southern Breeze Sweet Tea Company sent me a box of their Original Cold Brew Sweet Tea and box of their Peach Cold Brew Sweet Tea. These zero-calorie cold brew teas are super convenient because they’re pre-sweetened, they’re single-serving (take them on the go!) and they’re ready to drink after steeping in cold water for five minutes.
The consensus was that everyone enjoyed drinking these iced teas! The only one not drinking them was me! I don’t like tea, iced or hot, but I did sip the original version just so I could taste it. I still don’t like tea.
Visit Summer Breeze iced teas to learn more about the brand (and to receive free shipping on your first order).
Tip #2: Don’t Overlook the Snacks
I don’t know about yours, but my family loves snacking and appetizers every bit as much as their main meal. Among the healthy snacks your peeps are sure to enjoy before dinner are popchips. (Popchips are never fried and contain only real ingredients.) This post features Zesty Jalapeño Cheddar, Buffalo Ranch Ridges, and Barbeque popchips. You can learn all about the brand and its products here.
I enjoyed all three popchips flavors, but my favorite popchips were the Zesty Jalapeño. They have a spicy bite that was hot enough to pique my taste buds but mild enough to keep me wanting and eating more!
These popchips are perfect as is, but everyone started dipping them in my avocado cilantro dressing.
Tip #3 Use Premium Meat
For the main course of our 4thof July foodfest, my sister Robyn grilled Fareway Meat Market’s Date Night Bundle: two 12 oz. beef rib eye steaks, two 10 oz. Iowa pork chops, and two 8 oz. America’s cut boneless pork chops.
Fareway Meat Market is a meat delivery service that allows you to order meat online. Check out the website to view all of Fareway’s high-quality products at a value price. Enter the code meatlover to receive $20 off your first order.
Bonus products included four premium steak burgers that Robyn also grilled and a pound of 85% butcher’s blend ground beef that Robyn added to her crock pot zucchini casserole. (Did I not say, foodfest?)
We grilled and served all the meats together so everyone could sample them. (There were 11 adults.) I tried the steak first, then the Iowa pork chop and both were tender, rich and delicious. But I have to say that the boneless pork chops, my third sampling, were standouts. Everyone loved them and wanted seconds. (It probably didn’t hurt that they were two inches thick!)
We served the meat with corn-on-the-cob, my Instant Pot pinto beans (recipe coming soon), Robyn’s macaroni salad, and the zucchini casserole. Needless to say, no one went hungry.
Here is a photo of the delicious steak burgers ready to eat! Look at that big dollop of avocado cilantro dressing on top!
The one thing you don’t see in the photo above is my family standing at the sides of the table just waiting to dig in.
Christopher: “Are you done photographing it?”
Me: “One more shot.”
Here is a collage of the summertime fun! Notice the baby (our great niece). She smiles constantly, but as soon as I got ready to take her photo, she put on a ‘What the heck in doodie are you doing?’ face.
Tip #4 Serve My Avocado Cilantro Dressing
I thought I was a food genius before, but creating this recipe has taken my self-respect to a whole new level. Avocado makes the perfect base. Its rich, creamy texture smoothly covers leafy greens, chunky veggies, and all your favorite salad add-ins. What makes cilantro a perfect complement is that it gives all that texture a fresh, clean flavor to spread around.
But dressing isn’t just for salads, is it? No sir! As I’ve stated elsewhere, I’ll eat the right (read: best) dressings by the spoonful, right out of their jars. Or, I’ll use them to spice up my main course entrées. At our 4thof July dinner, I found this avocado cilantro dressing perfect for topping the Fareway Meat Market steak burgers, with and without buns.
Here are most of the ingredients for avocado cilantro dressing: avocado, lemon, Greek yogurt, avocado oil and salt.
And talk about easy! You place all the ingredients in a food processor, give it a whirl and you have an amazing dressing in less than 5 minutes.
My advice is to make my avocado cilantro dressing a staple of your food offerings this summer. It dresses salads gloriously, it complements your grilled meats and seafood entrées most tastefully, and it’s a fabulous, easy dip for chips, crudités, crackers, and more.
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
Cilantro adds such a nice fresh taste to this delicious dressing!
- 3/4 cup cilantro packed
- 1.5 teaspoons garlic paste or 1 clove of garlic
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt plain, heaping
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh
- 1/2 cup avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon horseradish prepared
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder
- food processor
Add all the above ingredients to your food processor and process on high until the ingredients are smoothly combined. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides when needed
Taste and adjust salt as needed
Transfer to a glass bowl
If you want pourable dressing, increase the avocado oil to 1 cup!