Has anyone else in this corner of the world not bothered turning their oven on for the past three weeks? Or is it just me who’s relied solely on the BBQ and blender to fill tummies and stave off famine? I love pottering around in the kitchen and I enjoy cooking thoroughly BUT when it’s really hot, frankly, I’d rather be at the beach. We are big ‘early morning’ and ‘late afternoon’ beach goers, primarily to avoid the hottest part of the day, and if it comes down to an extra 15 minutes in the water or coming home to fire up the oven, well, there’s really only one winner.
Short of surviving solely on takeaway, one has gotta be creative about how you go about eating when a) you don’t really want to be in the kitchen and b) you don’t have a huge amount of time. By keeping these two factors in mind, I’ve pretty much whittled down our summer eating to three ‘food groups’ smoothies, salads and BBQ. While BBQ does technically require the use of a heating implement, it’s done outside AND usually by my husband which seems to make all the difference.
Here’s what we’ve been filling our tummies with these past few weeks..
The Ultimate Summer Smoothie
What do you get when you combine mango (AKA Fruit of the Gods) and frozen banana? The most delicious freaking smoothie in the history of drinking. I swear I could down litres of this everyday. Here’s how to make your own.
Ingredients (makes 1 serving)
- Almond milk (I make my own, you can use the unsweetened, store bought kind OR the milk of your choice)
- Half a ripe mango (handy hint, don’t just cut out chunks, really SQUEEZE all that pulpy goodness out into the blender)
- Half a frozen banana
- 1/2 scoop organic vanilla protein power (If I wasn’t pregnant, I’d be adding an egg to this guy but as I am, I’m substituting with an organic, pea-based, vegan friendly protein powder)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 date, soaked in warm water (to soften) and diced
Whizz it all up and drink it down!
Quick And Easy Protein Rich Summer Salad
I’ve really neglected my salad eating ways of late. I know, I know, shame on me. What was once a committed relationship petered out during pregnancy to a once in awhile dalliance. Luckily, my tummy has calmed down considerably in the past few weeks and I’m back on the bandwagon! I made the above yesterday and WISH I’d made double as it was so unbelievably good. And easy. And good.
- A good few handfuls of greens (whatever you’ve got. I used baby spinach, rocket and mixed leaves)
- 1/2 cup baby beets, diced
- 2 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted
- 1 egg, hard boiled and sliced
- Handful (chunk? slice?) of marinated fetta, crumbled
Dressing (all approximate)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp seeded mustard
- Teensy bit of raw, organic honey
- Good grind of salt and pepper
Whack everything in a bowl. Pour dressing ingredients into a small jar and shake together. Dress salad and hoover down.
Easy As Marinated BBQ Lamb Cutlets
I waxed lyrical on Facebook (are we friends on Facebook? No? Click on over when you’re done here!) about this marinade recipe, given to me by my gorgeous friend Mary and tweaked slightly ever since. It’s my go-to for lamb and I’m thinking I might branch out and try it on other meats this summer.. Stay tuned.
- Lamb cutlets – We usually have 3-4 each so a total of 10-ish
- 2 cups teriyaki sauce (I use the Kikkoman brand as it’s low in sugar)
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Good grind of sea salt and pepper
- Stalk of rosemary, leaves removed
Whisk everything together (apart from the rosemary) and pour over the lamb. I usually use a shallow, casserole type dish as the results seem better. Scatter rosemary leaves over the top. If I remember, I try and turn the cutlets after a few hours to make sure both sides are well coated. BBQ or grill to your liking.
YUMMO! I’d LOVE to know, what are your favourite summer time meals? Any go-to recipes or meals you’d like to share (I’m seriously all ears, especially if it doesn’t involve an oven!)
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