Whoa, another steamy day with a high of 102 degrees again. I didn’t mind being stuck in an air conditioned office all day. And Smokey didn’t mind lounging in the air conditioned house all day snoozing on our bed with her toys.
We need to trade, think I’ll send her to work tomorrow.
And Leela just isn’t thrilled about getting baked in the backyard and looks at the yard, then me like I’m nuts when I try to push her out to do her business.
But the hot weather isn’t getting to me yet, at least not like a co-worker who’s car AC died today. Poor guy arrived to the office drenched in sweat and smelling a little ripe. For me the weather is a great opportunity to enjoy all the cold and fresh fruit and veggies I can handle, like a bag of organic oranges I scored for free from a co-worker’s tree today and I’ll probably be peeling and freezing most of them for smoothies. But I had to use one to create a dressing that sings summer to me, orange and ginger with a garlic kick and creamy hemp protein.
Orange Ginger Hemp Dressing
- 1 orange, peeled & chopped
- 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 2 tsp. fresh minced ginger
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup water, as needed
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend to a smooth, creamy texture. Covers a 4-6 serving salad.
The creamy dressing coats the salad nicely, like a tangy orange ranch dressing. I’m not at all sick of salads in this weather, they actually seem to be all that appeal to me.
And I love dumping more hemp seeds over them for more crunch, protein and texture variation.
Dinner screamed hot weather with a huge plate of chilled watermelon chunks for hubby and I to share for dessert.
Actually I ended up eating most of them, he’s not that big on fruit – more for me. :-)
What foods do you crave in insanely hot weather?