When you think of a typical summer meal, you probably don’t think of a hearty stew and dumplings. That’s more of a winter thing, right? That’s a heavy meal for when the days are feeling, well, heavy.
Summer meals, on the other hand, usually consist of lighter ingredients that imitate the vibrancy of summer.
So let’s go through some healthy summer recipes, to help you navigate a typical summer’s day. We’ll start with breakfast, and we’ll go all the way through to dinner (or do you call it tea?).
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
This simple dish – which you prepare the night before (hence the overnight part), contains a meagre five ingredients – makes a deliciously healthy and nutritious start to your day.
It’s packed with protein, and is also vegan. You can swap the peanut butter for your preferred nut butter (you might prefer almond butter, for instance, or cashew), and you can top it off with a whole range of summer fruits, like blueberries and strawberries.
And what’s more, it’s cold!
Perfect for those warm, stuffy mornings. (Though you warm it up, if you like.)
So, go on, give it a try, and enter the world of overnight oats.
What is brunch but that cheeky meal between breakfast and lunch…and yet it can, given our mood and eating habits, replace them both.
So if you’re not in the mood for breakfast, how about making yourself a brunch board?
It’s a bit like a cheeseboard (this one recipe does indeed contain cheese) but with fruit and crackers, bread and ham, granola and yoghurt. And Rosé. Though you can, of course, take the reins and create a whole different brunch board to suit your own tastes.
It’s a perfect option to go with when you have guests around.
So let’s say you’ve had overnight oats for breakfast. Good choice! But now what to have for lunch?
What could you have that’s quick and easy to make, yet delicious, nutritious, and summer-light?
We give you: Avocado Toast.
Toast some good bread (we recommend sourdough), mash half an avocado with a bit of salt, and choose your toppings, from cherry tomatoes and balsamic drizzle, to fresh, leafy herbs and seeds. You can also add a fried or scrambled egg, if you wish, for some added protein.
Remember: to take your avocado toast to a different level, do this one thing: rub a garlic clove on your toast before applying the toppings. So simple. So tasty.
Dinner (or Tea)
It doesn’t matter what you call it; it’s that final meal of the day. And it’s important. It’s going to fuel your body for hours to come.
And what better fuel than good old pasta.
Try this: Tomato, mozzarella and parsley pasta.
Light, fresh, comforting – we’re sure you’ll love it. It takes about 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and is guaranteed to leave you with an inner-warmth.
Until next time…