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Let’s start with dessert first. Summer has me craving refreshing lemony desserts, and no-bake is always an easy way to go! That’s why I couldn’t go wrong with a No Bake Lemon Ice Box Cake from Six Sisters’ Stuff (http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/06/nobakelemoniceboxcake.html).
Here’s the incredibly simple recipe!
2 (3.5 oz) packages instant lemon pudding mix
1 (8 0z) container Cool-Whip
3 cups milk
1 (16 oz) package graham crackers
1 tub of lemon frosting
Mix together the milk and instant pudding. While you let this set, cover the bottom of a 9×13 pan with graham crackers. Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture on top of the graham crackers. Add another layer of cracker, and then the remainder of the pudding. Now, put on a final layer of graham crackers. Throw the frosting in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it, pour it on top, and voila!
This recipe is best enjoyed the next day when all of the ingredients have had time to melt together!
Since we have dessert out of the way, let’s make a tasty side that’s perfect for summer. The recipe for Mango Blueberry Couscous with Lemon-Basil Dressing came from Veggie Belly’s recipe http://www.veggiebelly.com/2011/06/mango-blueberry-quinoa-salad-with-lemon-basil-dressing-recipe.html.
*Equal parts (about 3/4 cup, but whatever amount seems right to you) of cubed mango, blueberries, and cubed cucumbers
*1 T dried cranberries
*4-6 servings of couscous, prepared to package directions
Mix the blueberries, mango, cucumber, and cranberries with the couscous. Just before serving, top it with lemon-basil dressing (recipe below) and salt and pepper to taste! Enjoy as is, or add some chicken or walnuts for protein. We also added some feta, and that was good as well!
Whisk together 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 10 Basil leaves finely chopped.
Simple, summery, and tasty, right?