July 17, 2023

EASY DOES IT

Beat the Heat with Simple Summer Meals: Keep Cool and Keep It Delicious!

Are you feeling the scorching heat of the summer sun? We’re all thereโ€”the dog days of summer when the mere thought of cooking a complex meal feels like a daunting task. But fret not! There are lots of healthful, easy recipes to explore and some fantastic ideas to keep your summer meals simple, refreshing, and oh-so-delicious. You can beat the heat in the kitchen while still enjoying fantastic flavors!

Focus on light, fresh ingredients that require minimal cooking. Visit your local farmers’ market or grocery store and stock up on vibrant fruits and vegetables. Think crisp salads, juicy watermelons, refreshing cucumbers, and zesty citrus fruits. Embrace the bounty of summer by incorporating these ingredients into your meals for an instant burst of flavor.

Salads are a quintessential summer dish, and the possibilities are endless! Combine crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers, and other summer classics. Take it up a notch by adding grilled peaches, watermelon cubes, or even sliced strawberries for a sweet and savory twist. Top it off with a light dressing made with citrus juices or a tangy vinaigrette to complete your creation.

Marinate some chicken skewers, veggie kebabs, or fresh seafood and let the grill work its magic and keep the heat outside. Pair them with a side of grilled corn on the cob, a colorful slaw, or a refreshing salsa for a satisfying and fuss-free feast.

You can minimize your cooking time by preparing one-pot meals. Whip up a delicious pasta with seasonal vegetables, toss them in a light lemony sauce, and sprinkle with fresh herbs and Parmesan. Alternatively, try a quick stir-fry with fresh, crunchy veggies and your choice of protein. These dishes not only save you time but also keep the cleanup to a minimum.

Make frozen treats! Create homemade fruit popsicles by blending your favorite fruits, adding some natural sweeteners if desired, and freezing them in molds. Alternatively, you can make a simple granita by freezing fruit juices and scraping them with a fork to create icy crystals. These refreshing desserts are simple to make, and the options are endless.

When the dog days of summer hit and have you lacking energy and the thought of cooking feels overwhelming, remember to keep it simple! With these ideas, you can stay cool, enjoy delicious flavors, and make the most of this beautiful season. Take a look around and hopefully something here at Plate43 will inspire you. Simple recipes abound. Embrace the simplicity of summer!

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