Summer is coming and we look forward to change in many ways-including meals! We take summer meal ideas into consideration with our choice of recipes, food availability and methods of prep. Let’s look at each of these ideas and how we can jazz up our summer with them.
Summer Meal Ideas
Thanks to the internet, we have absolutely no shortage of recipes we can find! You can find blog posts with recipes, cookbooks for sale, videos on how to make dishes. Just a kaleidoscope of ways to find out about new summer recipe ideas. Some sources you can find recipes are:
- Google search or other search engines
- YouTube or other video sites
- Shopping sites such as bookstores, Amazon
- Apps you can have on your phone or tablet for recipes
So much opportunity for those summer recipes!
Summer is a special time because it is a prime growing season! The availability of fresh fruits and veggies is at a peak. You can find fresher fruits and veggies in the grocery stores and Farmers’ Markets. Check out my article here on Farmers’ Markets! You can really save some money and have the satisfaction of providing your own fruits and veggies by growing them! Do you know of any farms in your area where you could pick your own produce? You get some exercise and fresh air benefits. You can pick larger amounts at a reduced cost. Think about freezing, preserving and even do some canning that will give you that wonderful fresh taste all the year through.
Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with Debbie Schreffler from seasonsofdevotion.com about beginner gardening. Growing your own garden gives you fresh fruits and vegetables in the convenience of your backyard, patio containers, and even herbs on your window sill! Debbie and I covered the bases in this interview. Here is what you need to know to start your own garden!
Methods of Prep
When we think of the summer we often think of the outdoors. We want to take advantage of the weather and have as little cleanup as possible. Barbecue season is one of the most popular forms of cooking in the summer. Using a BBQ gives unique smoky tastes to your food and any fat can drip off easily so it reduces the fat content in the final product. BBQ is a great way to use marinades and rubs in your foods to add a boost of flavour without the calories. You can also get that smoky flavour from a campfire. Make camping easier with easy campfire cooking.
With the added heat in the summer, sometimes its’s nice to just have a nice cold supper. So soothing and easy to prepare. Healthy salads and fresh fruit make for a very refreshing meal. Consider using fresh herbs in your salads for that extra zest to your dishes.
We also can spend a lot of time at the beach or park in the summer. Pack your food and make a picnic out of it! Do you like to go to those outdoor concerts in the park or go to the drive-in? Time at the beach? How about packing a picnic? As I mentioned in the Recipes paragraph, you have many ways you can find recipes. Put “healthy picnic food” in the search bar and see what magically appears!
Jazz Up Your Summer Meals
There are some excellent ideas to build up your summer recipe box and inventive ways to use them. I hope you have found this article helpful. Enjoy your summer meals!
Frequently Asked Questions
Fruits and veggies! Include lots of those in your meals as they are versatile in how you can prepare them. You can eat fruits and veggies fresh with little to no prep required which is great on lazy, hazy days. Grill them! Add spices or marinate for extra zest. The sweetness comes though with grilling too.
You can do fresh fruit platters, fruit salad, make popsicles with fruit and yogurt. Try frozen grapes for a snack. You can even make smoothies for that refreshing drink. Make fruit kabobs!
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