I don’t know about you, but, in the summer, I much prefer to be outside than in the kitchen. And, that’s coming from an avid baker and cook! Let me show you 3 healthy summer meals that will have food on the table in no time!
I like fresh from the garden meals that are quick and easy to prepare. I do not like using my oven in the summer. We don’t have air conditioning, so, the oven running can make it almost unbearably hot in the kitchen! https://therosehomestead.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=466&action=edit
So, instead of baking and roasting everything, we eat a lot of fresh produce from our garden. If we have meat with a meal, I tend to cook it in the instant pot to keep the heat down as much as possible.
Meal #1: Broccoli Salad
We’ve been harvesting a lot of broccoli this year. We finally figured out that using grow tunnels is the only way we can get broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. https://therosehomestead.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=445&action=edit
For the broccoli salad, I just cut up the broccoli in small pieces add some homemade Mayo https://therosehomestead.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=361&action=edit, shredded carrot, and some seasoning. On this day, I served it along side some roasted potatoes from our garden and sauteed zucchini. It’s also perfect with a piece of fresh sourdough bread, a couple of boiled eggs, and some sauerkraut on the side.
Meal #2: Grilled Veggies and homemade Flatbread
This meal is super simple and great for really hot days. You just fire up the grill and keep the heat out of the kitchen!
For the veggies, I pick whatever the garden is giving me that day, slice them up, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and, a few fresh herbs. On this day, I made a fresh garden slaw and some summer squash grilled up to perfection! Just throw them on the grill and let them brown up on each side!
Roll out the flatbread, brush with olive oil, and grill them up! https://therosehomestead.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=808&action=edit
Such a refreshing meal to have outside in the shade on a hot day!
Meal #3: Tuna Salad Sandwiches
I make fresh sourdough bread at least twice a week sometimes 3 times! It’s a staple in our kitchen. So, it is super easy to throw together a tuna salad and some fresh bread to make a filling and delicious meal.
For my tuna salad, I just drain the tuna (I use the Wild Planet brand), add some diced pickles, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic powder. Mix it all up and put on toasted fresh sourdough bread!
It’s always a refreshing meal when it’s really hot out!
I sure hope these gave you some summer time meal inspiration.
See you soon!