Monday, July 19, 2010

6 inspirations for summer eating - no BBQ required

Some of us don't have, or want a BBQ. Some of us live in apartments, some of us don't eat meat, some of us don't like the idea of cooking over a fire with any regularity. In any case, we still gotta eat all summer! And the magazines, cooking shows and blogs are all chock full of ideas that most often require a grill. Here are some sources of inspiration for summer eating - no BBQ required.

Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

This list was published in 2007, and I return to it again and again, whether it's summer, or not. There are plenty of no-grill ideas on this list. Check out numbers 17 and 40 for two of my favourites. See number 41 for a simple idea for what to do with all that zucchini.

Summer Recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

Now, is that not the prettiest and easiest summer dessert you've ever seen? I bet you have a box of graham crackers in the back of your cupboard. Go for it. I also bet this would be yummy with semi-melted ice cream instead of the whipped cream, and then re-frozen.

Double Broccoli Quinoa Recipe
Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks has been a little lacking in new summery ideas this year. I guess she's busy! Here's a recipe for a Quinoa bowl that I have modified in many ways. Sometimes I use a regular pesto and zucchini, sometimes I omit the pesto and use a chili sauce with other vegetables. You can do it cold as the base of a pasta-esque salad too.

Top summer salad recipes

There is nothing too original on this list of summer salads on Canadian Living, but it's sure to remind you of something you forgot about it. I forgot about chick pea salad!

Spanish Omelette

Try an omelette and a salad for dinner. Better yet, try this lovely Spanish Omelette, and check out the other recipes on Spain Recipes.

Picnic Sandwich Recipes

Martha has a nice collection of summer sandwich ideas. Radishes on a sandwich got me pretty excited. Some do have grilled meats, but you could easily sub in deli meats or poached chicken where it calls for grilled.

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