Great Summer Meal Ideas!

There’s no doubt about it, summer in Australia gets HOT. It can be easy to lose the motivation to cook, especially meals that require the use of hot ovens or long cooking times.

If you’re struggling to come up with practical summer meal ideas, here are a few meals that are short on cooking time, and don’t require an oven. They’re also great options if you’re only cooking for one.

Frittata

Frittatas are a great alternative to quiches, because you don’t have to bother with crust. You don’t have to use an over either, because they cook in a pan. This also means they don’t take as long to cook. Another upside to frittatas is that you can use almost anything. You can use whatever you already have in the fridge, and you don’t have to go out and buy any special ingredients. If you have eggs and some veggies or leftovers, you’ve got a frittata.

Use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge, capsicum, tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, peas, corn, add some cheese, and keep it vegetarian if you like. Or you add some bacon, chicken, or even salmon if you like. Anything goes!

Great Summer Meal Ideas

Grilled Salmon

Salmon is a great source of potassium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D, which are all vital for maintaining good health. (Find out more about which foods can help you meet your nutrition needs here.) Cook salmon on the grill or even on the barbeque, and pair with a fresh salad or grilled veggies.

Grain Salad

It can be tempting just to make a simple salad for dinner most nights when the weather is so hot. But be careful not to neglect a healthy balance of all the food groups. A great way to get more protein and fibre into your salads is to add grains. You can use lentils, pearl couscous, or even quinoa to bulk up your salads, along with roasted or grilled veggies, and add a protein like halloumi, chicken, or even salmon. Add some toasted nuts for extra protein and healthy fats – or just because they taste great!

Meal Prep

Did you know that After-Care can help you in the kitchen with meal preparation? We can also assist with grocery shopping, unpacking, and stacking the pantry. To find out more about our home care services, contact us here.