With plenty of fresh produce now in season, and lighter meals being so much more appealing in the heat, it is definitely easier to eat healthily in the summer. Whether you’re a big meat eater, a strict vegan, or just simply picky about what you like, OROGOLD has put together some fantastic ideas for healthy summer meals that you can easily take inspiration from for the next time you cook.
Zoodles, which stand for zucchini noodles, are all the rage this summer, as they can be eaten raw or cooked in such a variety of ways. Unfortunately, you can’t create zoodles with a simple kitchen knife, but, if you don’t have the right appliance, a spiralizer is cheap to buy and can be used for other vegetables too. For a quick summer lunch, mix your raw zoodles in with whatever veg you have on hand, and top with some pesto. Zoodles can also be used as a lighter replacement for pasta, mixed into any sort of sauce, or even as a noodle alternative, and is delicious stir fried or cooked into a noodle curry. If you are cooking with zoodles and aren’t sure of the serving size, OROGOLD recommends one zucchini per person.
Originating from Genoa, Italy, pesto is a sauce that consists of basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan. It is extremely simple to make, by just blending all of the ingredients together, and can be created either in a food processor or in a pestle and mortar. The great thing about pesto is that there are so many different alternatives that you can make, depending on ingredients in your kitchen. From a pesto made with arugula and parsley to a pesto made from sun-dried tomatoes and peppers, the options are endless. If you’re not a fan of pesto pasta, OROGOLD suggests trying it as a dip, a marinade, a salad dressing, in a stew, or even simply spread inside a sandwich.
There is nothing more satisfying than cranking up the grill on a summer evening and enjoying the aroma of your food cooking on an open flame. Grilled kabobs are one of the easiest dishes to make, whether on a barbecue or on your indoor grill, and can be adapted to suit your tastes. Meat is the obvious choice when it comes to kabobs, but experimentation is always fun, and OROGOLD has some great kabob ideas for you to try. Shrimp that has been marinated in garlic, olive oil and herbs, always taste fantastic when skewered and grilled, as does a mixture of scallop and bacon. For the vegetarians out there, marinated eggplant, bell peppers and halloumi only taste better once they have been charred by the grill.
Summer meals should be light, refreshing, hydrating, and packed with vitamins and minerals to help your body thrive in the warm temperatures. OROGOLD highly recommends that, whenever possible, you shop for produce at your local farmer’s market, as everything will be much fresher, meaning that less work will be needed to make you dish taste absolutely amazing.