Yesterday was a long weekend here in Ontario. Ahhhh the coveted long weekend! When Sunday-funday really can be fun because there’s no fear of being too tired to get out of bed in the morning because you don’t have to! For Brit and I, long weekends in the summer don’t really apply, already being on summer vacation and working at a golf club, but for our two older brothers it means an extra day off! Since Brit and I were lucky enough to actually have Monday off, the four of us went to Canada’s Wonderland for a day of fun and thrills!
And ohh what fun we had! We are all rides people with strong stomachs, so we had no problems with any of the rides. Leviathin? Bring it on! We had the absolute funniest photo ever from this ride, but it cost $15 to buy one, otherwise I would share it with you!:)
Of course, going to Canada’s Wonderland, we knew what we were in for food-wise: Foot long hot dogs, funnel cakes, and fast food chains, all extremely over-priced. When we used to go as a family, our mom would always pack a cooler lunch for us which would be eaten at the designated picnic area. However, we didn’t want to have to take the time to go all the way back to the car, get the cooler, etc etc, so instead we
snuck in brought along some apples, carrot sticks, home-made protein bars, clif bars and vector bars to keep us satisfied throughout the day. We did eventually go over to a Subway and pick up a sub and some water. We think we may have waited in the Subway line longer than any of the rides – they were so slow! Just ask us how annoying that was! As much as I love going to places like Canada’s Wonderland, it’s nice to get back to more normal eats.
Blueberry Wild Rice Pilaf! This was another one of those “Surprise! This is ridiculously delicious!” dishes. The flavour was so interesting, being quite sweet from the blueberries, yet still tangy and savoury.
Fluffy from the wild rice, yet creamy from the brown rice + dressing combo, with a slight crunch from the carrots and zucchini.
Yup, this dish has it all!
It may not be a thrill burger (yes, they have those at Wonderland!), but it is bright, summery, and has an interesting, unexpected flavour that I would definitely wait in line for!
And hey, it is made of wild rice!
Blueberry Wild Rice Pilaf
Cook time: ~30min + chill time
Serves: 5-6 people
1.5 c. wild rice- brown rice mixture
3.25 c. water
2 medium carrots, diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 c. blueberries
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp water
1/8 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
1 tbsp fresh chives
pepper, to taste
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 c. feta cheese
2 tbsp flax
Add rice and water to a pot, bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 30min, or until all water is absorbed. Cooking time may vary slightly depending on your rice mixture. When the rice is done cooking, stir in the carrots and zucchini to soften them slightly.
While the rice is cooking, mix together the honey, lemon juice, olive oil, water, garlic salt, ginger, lemon zest and pepper. Stir the dressing into the rice mixture and allow to cool for at least 30 min.
Before serving, stir in the blueberries, feta, flax seeds, rosemary and chives. Serves as a side dish or a main course.
P.s. Our heart goes out to all of the Canadian athletes that have had some heart breaking olympic performances. We want them to know that we are still so proud of them for all their efforts, and we know that sometimes in sport things happen that are out of your control. We are still so proud to be Canadian!
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