Summertime and the living is easy by Ella Fitzgerald or a little more upbeat… In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry…
I love those songs they both epitomise sunny days. leisurely eating with friends and family… What are your favourite summer songs??
It also means enjoyable food and drinks…Food and drinks which are tasty and fun to eat… which when you have eaten leaves you pleasantly full but still able to play ball…stroll around the park in the sun or just be…
I love a nice iced tea…Green tea with a splash of fresh orange or lime juice, muddle some mint sprigs add some ice and top with sparkling water… Refreshing and healthy…
Or cucumber and mint is a lovely combo with sparkling water …
Fresh Coconut juice…One of my favourites… there are so many lovely drinks which are so easy to make either for one or make a jug full… Play with your flavours …Freeze some orange, pomelo, lemon or lime slices and just drop in your sparkling water…
Puree some lovely fresh ripe mango, pineapple, papaya and top up with ice and sparkling water with some lime juice anything goes …Have fun and create…
Not sweet enough add a little honey…
Now to food...What to eat… Take some lovely zucchini noodles…
Stick some chicken fillets on the BBQ or under the grill and add some pesto …quick, easy, tasty and healthy…Below are my recipes for a green or pesto and some lovely light dishes using fresh herbs…
One of my favourite things are roasted lemons… the taste is sublime and cannot be beaten for me anyway it just sings of sunny days…
Roasted lemon and tomato salad
1 lemon, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, seeds removed
1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
½ tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
½ tsp ground allspice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1½ pounds mixed small tomatoes halved
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Pre-heat the oven 325F 160C
Add the lemon slices to a saucepan of boiling water and blanch for 2 mins…This removes the bitterness…Remove from the heat and pat dry.
Gently toss the lemon slices with the sage, sugar and 1 tbsp of olive oil then spread out on a baking tray lined with parchment and bake until lemons are dry and lightly coloured about 15-20 mins then set to one side to cool.
In a large bowl whisk the pomegranate molasses, allspice and 1 tbsp of olive oil season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add the lemons, onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint..if mint leaves are large then tear toss gently to combine…
Taste to check seasoning and add more salt and pepper if required.
Stuck for a tasty dressing this one is quick, easy and delicious…
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp chopped mint
- 3 tbsp chopped basil
- 1/2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 tbsp capers.
Measure all your ingredients into a bowl gentle muddle the herbs and capers to release the flavours…Season with freshly ground black peppers and use to season your favourite salad…
Lovely over a salad topped with some grilled sliced chicken or sliced grilled steak…
For some more ideas pop over to Sally’s for some healthy snack ideas including a lovely guacamole and salsa recipe…
This has been added as such a brilliant way of tracking weight loss and no I haven’t seen it before ( I DON’T GET OUT MUCH) although I am sure some have…I just loved it!
I hope this has given some ideas for some lovely fresh summer eating…What are your favourite summer recipes ??? Please tell me in comments I love to hear from you.
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Enjoy your week, be happy and mindful xx