Joanna Anastasia

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Fast and easy summer recipes

Fast and easy summer recipes

When the weather gets really hot I’m usually completely loosing my interest in cooking. I just don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen while it’s so hot outside. And honestly, I’d rather play with my girls in the garden, or lay and look at the clouds with them. But unfortunately, I do need to feed these little monsters every day. And they require five meals a day! ( I know, it’s horrid).

So I’m trying to find ways to cook less, or more of the no-fuss, super fast and simple meals. That includes a lot of grilling, some salads, and using some ready-made food (I know, it’s bad).

Here is my list of our recent favourite easy and fast summer meals:

Easy lunch : egg and avocado sandwich :

Fast and easy summer recipes

Rye bread
Ripe avocado
Boiled egg
Radishes
Cocktail tomatoes

Place sliced avocado on toasted rye bread, add sliced egg, radish and tomato. Done!


Fast and easy summer side dishes:

Grilling is my favourite way of cooking in the summer, but I usually get stuck in the boring routine of side dishes for our grilled meat. These my recent discoveries, 100% kid approved :

Fiddleheads :

Fast and easy summer recipes

Fiddleheads
1/4 cup olive oil
1 table-spoon maple sirup
1/2 tablespoon lime juice

Wash through fully the fiddleheads. Cook in boiling water until soft. Add dressing and serve. So simple.

Broccolini :

Fast and easy summer recipes

Fresh broccolini
Olive oil
Salt

Cook the broccoli I until soft, mix with olive oil (be generous) and salt. This is the simplest side dish ever, yet my daughter was licking her fingers, she loved it so much!

Fresh summer salad:

Fast and easy summer recipes

Romain lettuce
Radishes
Cherry tomatoes
Fresh dill

Avocado oil ( or olive oil)
Lemon juice
Maple sirup

Mix wasted and cut veggies together. Add dressing. Serve.

Chocolate raspberry cupcakes :

I do love to bake from scratch. But as I mentioned before, summer isn’t the time when I feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. So this lovely chocolate raspberry cupcake is actually just a cake mix with some upgrades.

Easy and fast summer recipes

Chocolate cake mix ( I used Gogo Quinoa )
Raspberries
Dark chocolate
Sprinkles

Follow the instructions on the package, pour the mixture in the cupcake liners, and place 3 to 4 raspberries in each cupcake. Bake. Melt dark chocolate, and pour over cooled muffins. Sprinkle with sprinkles. Pretend you made them from scratch.

Fast and easy summer recipes

And what are your tricks to cook less and play more during the summer?

Easy Greek salad

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This is my childhood favourite salad, the one that I would always eat and even ask for more. Sweet cherry tomatoes, fragrant basil and mint and salty feta cheese. It’s a perfect side salad! Works so well with any grilled meat or fish. You can even add some grilled chicken, and here you have a full protein and delicious meal :).

Boston lettuce
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumber
Feta cheese
Fresh basil & mint

Dressing :
1/4 olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon maple sirup
Salt & pepper

Cut all your veggies, cheese and herbs, add dressing and voila!

All green summer salad

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If you are anything like me , then you don’t really feel like cooking when the weather is hot and sunny. Recently I’m all like : honey let’s grill something 🙂 ! Which basically means that my hubby takes care of the grill and I’m taking care of the sides. Preparing this delicious crunchy yet creamy salad takes not more than couple of minutes. It’s all green , super healthy and really really good! You have the crunch from almonds and cucumbers, the kick from rucola salad and the green olives, and the creamy taste of ripe avocado. It’s perfect :). And served with the slightly sweet maple sirup dressing it made my toddler surprisingly enthusiastic :).

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Medium cucumber
1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup green olives
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 cups rucola
Avocado oil ( or olive oil)
1/2 tablespoon maple sirup
Juice from half a lime

Cut cucumber and avocado in to cubes. Cut olives in to slices. Place veggies and olives on arugula, sprinkle with almonds and add the dressing. If you don’t use avocado oil you may add a bit more of maple sirup.

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Enjoy this delicious salad alone with bread or as a great side dish :).

Cantaloupe summer salad

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I created that amazing and super easy refreshing mix last summer.
I never liked sprouts but that salad is not only extremely healthy but it’s surprisingly delicious!
Give this side dish a try on a hot summer afternoon , I’m sure you will love it.


Cantaloupe
Sunflower sprouts
Lettuce

Sweet dressing :
Avocado oil
maple syrup
lemon juice

Cut, mix ,surprise yourself, enjoy!