Summer brings with it incredible ripe fruits and veggies that are just begging to be roasted, toasted, and turned into delectable treats! 🥝 😎 However, when it's hot out, it can be difficult to get excited about cooking. That's why today, we've gathered a few recipes together that don't require a lot of cooking (or ones in which a little bit of heat is well worth it!). 🔥
No matter what your summer looks like, it can be an opportunity to try some fresh, healthy takes on breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Whether you’re into eating seasonally or are just looking for something to celebrate summer, here are 5 meals that we can’t WAIT to try:
Take out your blender or food processor and blend all ingredients except for the toppings. If your smoothie needs to be a little bit more smooth, add almond milk until you get the consistency you want!
Then, simply pour in a bowl and decorate to your heart’s content. If it’s easier, you can always drink your smoothie, too—a great solution if you’re on the go.
This one’s easy! Toss all of the ingredients together in a big bowl; taste to make sure the lemon juice, salt and pepper, and spice levels are okay. Season if needed, and enjoy! P.S. This one’s even better as leftovers, so don’t hesitate to make a big batch.
The perfect ripe tomatoes summertime brings work well in salsas, sandwiches, and on their own. However, sometimes the spotlight needs to be solely on the tomato! Here’s a recipe just for that:
Combine the tomatoes, basil and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt, and then chill for half an hour. After that, remove the basil leaves and purée the tomato mixture in a blender. Once the mixture is smooth, ladle into chilled bowls and top with the rest of the fruit and vegetables. Garnish with croutons, olive oil, and salt and pepper. (And then take a picture, because this dish is STUNNING!!)
Start by marinating the pork in the chili sauce to get that flavor going! After about thirty minutes, cook the pork until the interior reads 165 degrees or the inside is a very light pink. Broiling and grilling are both great options here; you want there to be crispy edges! Then, it’s time to build your best taco. Layer cabbage, onions, chili peppers, and guacamole on your tortillas, followed by some of the marinated pork. Then, make another—you’re going to want more!
We couldn’t go without a tasty treat to end the day, could we?!? (Or to start the day with; life is short!)
Slice the apples thinly and horizontally to create round slices. Remove seeds. Spread one slice with a dollop of peanut butter, and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Then, roast a marshmallow (over the stove works perfectly; so does the oven broiler for batches) and place on top! Close with a final apple slice for a dessert that’s sweet and refreshing all at once.
Aaah, there is so much goodness here! We’re excited to see what new dishes we can create in the upcoming summer nights. There’s no way we can pick just one...we’re going to have to make all of them at once!! 💛
What looks good to you? What are you excited about cooking up this summer?!