During the Summer months, we often find ourselves naturally eating meals that are much lighter than those we eat in winter. This is often because eating heavy food when the weather’s warm makes us feel overly bloated, and because many of these lighter ingredients – greens, fresh fruits and vegetables, for example – have high water contents and are therefore much more refreshing. If only we craved these fresh ingredients all year round! Here at NetCost Market, we’ve got three easy, quick, and light summer recipes to keep you feeling refreshed during the summer heat!
This quick and easy summer salad is packed full of protein yet is light and refreshing. Cucumber, mint, and cilantro all give it that summer feel, and the ginger means it has a little summer zing!
1 cup cooked brown rice (white rice is also fine), 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1lb. ground pork, 2 cloves garlic – chopped, 1 small red chili – chopped, 2 ½ tbsp. grated fresh ginger, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 4 tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1 tsp. brown sugar, 1 English cucumber – thinly sliced, 2 scallions – thinly sliced, 1 cup fresh cilantro, ½ cup fresh mint.
Italy is known for its long summers, and it’s also known for having some of the best food in the world. This recipe combines the two, making a brilliantly light summer version of a classic Italian pasta dish!
1 lb. spaghetti – uncooked, 2 ears of corn – shucked, 1 medium yellow squash – cut into ½-inch thick slices, 1 medium zucchini – cut into ½-inch thick slices, 1 small bell pepper – deseeded and cut into sixths, 4 green onions – sliced, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 lemon, ½ cup pesto, 1 pt. cherry tomatoes – halved, ¼ cup fresh parsley – chopped.
If you haven’t had halloumi, well you’re certainly missing out! This goat and sheep’s-milk cheese is designed for grilling, and it makes a great topper to salads or meat alternative in burgers! This salad is a classic in the Mediterranean and Middle-East.
Salad: 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 red onion – halved and sliced, 10 cherry tomatoes, 2 tsp. harissa paste, 10 ounces of cooked beluga lentils, juice of half a lemon, 10-ounce block of halloumi – cut into ¼-inch thick slices, 1 can chickpeas – drained and rinsed, a small bunch of mint – roughly chopped, a small bunch of parsley – roughly chopped.
Dressing: 1 tbsp. tahini, 3 tbsp. Greek yogurt, 3 tsp. harissa paste, 1 tsp. runny honey, juice ½ lemon, a ½ clove of garlic – crushed.
Summer is all about eating fresh! So, we at NetCost Market hope that these simple, fresh recipes will give you the inspiration you need to get cooking while the weather is hot!