Simple summer recipes to make the most of the sunshine

-Aug 13, Caroline Blight, Nutrition -

When it comes to summer eating – and summer cooking – less time spent in the kitchen is key! Quick and easy recipes are the name of the game. Luckily so much seasonal produce available right now needs no cooking and is just delicious by itself. Give these recipes, all of which take less than 15mins to prep, a go for a tasty BBQ which bucks to the burger habit. They are nutritious and simple and perfect for entertaining too.

Watermelon, feta and mint salad

Watermelons are never better than now and make a fabulous seasonal salad with salty feta cheese and the fresh taste of lime and mint. Serve this simply with fresh bread or as a side at a BBQ. There is something rather addictive to this flavour combination. You have been warned!

500g watermelon, cubed 

125g feta, crumbled 

5 stems of mint 

2 tablespoons of lime juice 

1 tablespoon olive oil

Cube the watermelon and scatter on your platter. Crumble over the feta. 

Take the leaves from the mint stalks and finely chop. Sprinkle over the cheese and melon. 

Make the dressing in a bowl or pot by just mixing together the lime and oil. Drizzle evenly over the rest of the salad.

Read on: How to build a nutritious salad 

Next-level Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is in season and plentiful in shops and markets. Make the most of it being at its sweet and juiciest with this simple recipe for corn which will really add a flavour impact to your meal! The spices compliment the sweetness of the corn and the parmesan adds a salty richness. 

4 ears of corn

1-2 tablespoons melted butter

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon chilli powder

A grind of fresh black pepper

1 lime, in quarters

Grated parmesan to tasteMake a spicy ‘dust’ for your corn with the dry spices by combining them in a bowl.

Cook your corn according to your preference. When cooked brush with the melted butter.

Sprinkle with the spices and then grated parmesan.

Serve with the slice of lime to be squeezed over just before eating.

More: Up your veggies with these delicious vegetarian recipes

Sardines (for people who hate sardines!) 

The best thing about eating outside in the summer is you can cook those foods which might be a little too ‘fragrant’ for cooking inside the house! Some people find the smell of oily fish cooking off-putting but take these highly nutritious fish – which we should all be eating more of – outside and you have a tasty treat which will boost your brain and skin too. BBQ cooking makes for a crispy, not slimy, skin and using an acid in the marinade will also break down some of the fattiness. 

8 whole sardines, gutted and de-scaled (most fish counters will do this for you)

For the marinade:

A large pack of coriander

A small pack of parsley

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

Juice and grated rind of one lemon

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 deseeded and finely chopped fresh chilli

75ml olive oil

Blend all the marinade ingredients to make a smooth sauce

Reserve half for serving and used the rest to cover and rub the sardines in a dish.

Marinade for 30mins before cooking on a BBQ over glowing coals for around 3mins on each side.

When the fish is cooked place on a clean platter and drizzle with the remaining sauce.

If you are looking for healthy ways to cool down then check out these healthy frozen snacks. And this simple cod recipe is a great way of including more fish in your diet.

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