Summertime Foods – Keeping It Cool In The Kitchen
Easy, quick, delicious summertime food ideas! No cook, or at least very little cooking involved. Can’t go wrong there, right!? – At least not as long as everything tastes fantastic!
Every family will have their common seasonal foods – and I love learning from other families! These are just a few of the ideas from my kitchen – when I’m trying to keep it cool.
SALAD is almost a synonym for summer! What types of tasty salads do you throw together during warmer months? This basic idea for Black Bean And Sweet Corn Salad can be changed up and seasoned differently – but I must say I’m a huge fan of lemon juice (even better: lime!) and cilantro in the summertime!
One of my all time favorites is cucumber / tomato salad with olive oil, garlic, salt, and balsamic vinegar – just enough to complement these beautiful summertime veggies. To give it a little more hardiness just throw in some fresh mozzarella!
Absolutely! My family cheers when I tell them we’re having smoothies for dinner. I used to do smoothies with mainly juice, frozen berries, peanut butter, and yogurt. In the last year, though we’ve been using our Probiotic Milk Kefir and I know I’m giving everyone something so nutritious and healthy for them! And no cooking? WIN WIN!!!!
Hummus – it’s not just a snack anymore! That’s right. Busy evenings here, when we are trying to take advantage of extra late daylight hours and knock out projects on the farm that have been waiting patiently – I’ve been known to pull out a batch of hummus and lots of veggies and some sort of flat bread to scoop and it’s protein and fiber packed!
Oh yes. This is another item that says summer! I like to put green onion, or chives or herbs in my cream cheese, and pile on the favorites! I love dill in the summer and my cucumbers grow faster than we can consume!
So many possibilities! What is your favorite pasta salad variation??? I love stumbling onto a great salad invention and Buffalo Wing Pasta Salad is AMAZING! I like being able to cook some pasta up ahead and have it in the refrigerator waiting for me.
Very little cooking with falafel and it makes a green salad so much more interesting! I generally use whatever veggies are growing great – my favorite combo is zucchini, kale, chickpeas,cilantro, and garlic – everything gets pulsed coarsely in the food processor then add bread crumbs and eggs to desired consistency. Pressed patties should hold together as you brown each side.
Dipping Oil and Bruschetta
Definitely not a meal, but so incredibly delicious. Customize the flavor using your favorite herbs – and nothing tastes like summer quite like herbs!
Here’s to summertime! Leave a comment with your creative ways you keep things cool in the kitchen! We want to learn from you 🙂