Five Great Summer Meals
Friday, July 12, 2013
Few of us are very hungry during the summer heat, or if we are, we prefer cold meals. Moreover, if you are the person in your family that cooks the meals, you may prefer simple effortless meals that do not require hours of work in a hot kitchen.
Here are some ideas for great simple summer meals:
- The simplest summer meal is a raw vegetable salad. No cooking required at all. A vegetable salad is good with tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, onions, olives, spinach, raw broccoli, carrots, peas, beans and a variety of other vegetables; mozzarella or feta cheese; and sour cream, yoghourt, olive oil or a vegetable-based dressing. If you cannot get your children to eat the green vegetables, take them out of the salad and make smoothies of them with watermelon that will drown out their taste.
- If you like fruit more, simply cut up apples, pears, peaches, bananas and a pineapple, toss in some grapes and berries and pore over some yogurt or mixed fruit juice. Add vanilla if you want it to be a dessert.
- Salads do not have to be raw and cold to be easy and light to eat, however. Chicken or fish salads require only minutes of frying, and you can work on other ingredients in another room while the pasta and potatoes cook for pasta and potato salads. Balsamic vinegar, mustard, mint or hotter sauces are great to cool you down in summer.
- Vegetable, fish and chicken skewers are quick and light barbeque meals that you can enjoy with your family outside. If you prefer chicken or fish, skin it first to make it lighter and easier to digest. Whatever you make, you can drench it in curry, chilli, tartare or some other spices to make it more interesting, and serve it with a green side salad or crusty french bread.
- While cold meat and salad sandwiches are a summer classic, you can also be a bit more creative with meat and vegetable tortillas and, if you like cheese, quesadillas. It takes no more than flour, baking powder, salt, water and either olive oil or vegetable shortening. Then you can pick your own fillings and eat them fresh.