Hey guys! Now, I know this isn’t one of my normal posts but another one of my passions aside from film and fashion is food. I love food, I could eat all the time if I had the chance to. But one thing that I’ve always been proud of is that my diet at dinner time (every other meal is thrown to the wind) has always been well-balanced. So, with summer approaching – let’s talk about what meals are best for this season!
- Spaghetti Bolognese.
I know, I know. Not exactly groundbreaking but bolognese will always be my top favourite meal. I love cooking it, I love eating it, I love the smell. And it’s so quick and easy to make! My friend once described it as a the cheat-meal because it looks like a lot of preparation went into it but realistically, it takes about fifteen minutes. Everyone has their own preference on what to add but I like to have carrots, courgettes and red onion in mine. Once you’ve fried everything together, place the mince (or Quorn) down into the pan and season with olive oil and herbs of your choice. I always go wild with this, you can never over-season. Then, add the ragu of your choice. Even though buying a jar of this might seem lazy or expensive, once you get down to what it costs to keep buying fresh ingredients for the sauce – it amounts to about the same. This is where I add ketchup and red wine. Leave to simmer for about half an hour before you cook the pasta of your choice. Then, you’re done!
2. Tuna stirfry.
Another simple and totally easy meal. If you don’t like tuna, you can always replace this with chicken or Quorn (btw, this isn’t sponsored by Quorn!) and make adjustments as needed. Most supermarkets have easy packs of stirfry which you can just throw into a wok. I always chop up two red onions, throw that in with some sunflower oil and fry them in chilli powder. I then add the stirfry veg (if you want to, add some extra babycorn for some added crunch) and wait until that’s softened. I then add some egg noodles and stir it all in together. There’s a lot of stirring in this dish as the title would suggest. I then add a tin of tuna and smother it in chilli sauce. Chilli is obviously optional if you’re not partial to it. If you want, make some rice, too and then serve once everything is nicely cooked together!
3. BBQ and salad.
Honestly, who doesn’t love a BBQ at summer? If you’re not about the life of cleaning an oven or grill afterwards (trust me, I’m certainly not) then buy a disposable BBQ. If you go to the right place, they won’t be that much money and you can throw them away as soon as you’re done. They create a lot of smoke, though, so be mindful of that. Buy some burgers, sausages, whatever you fancy and cook on the BBQ as normal. But the side-salad is vital in this meal. Buy some sweet, crunchy lettuce. Add some carrot sticks, celery sticks and dip. You can make the dip yourself or buy it, it’s up to you. One thing that I always think goes well with BBQ is sweet potato fries. They’re simple enough to make or you can buy them. And of course, BBQ’s are always best shared with friends.
4. Fishcakes and roasted sweet potatoes.
Yes, sweet potatoes are definitely a theme in this post. But fishcakes are so simple and easy to make – and they taste delicious. Cook up some potatoes, mash them once they’re ready and put the mash into a clear glass bowl. Mix together with tuna and spring onion, salt and pepper. Once the mixture has cooled, pull enough out with your hands to make one fish cake. Add some semilina or breadcrumbs and knead it together in your hands until it’s all shaped together. Continue and fry in a pan and some oil. Serve with roasted sweet potatoes – go crazy with the seasoning on these bad boys.
5. Butter bean bake.
A bake sounds way too hot for summer, I know. But this combination is perfect for a meal outside in your garden and is also easy to make. Fry together some onions, carrots, celery and butter beans. Once ready, add tinned chopped tomatoes. Put in a dish that you can put in the oven and cover with breadcrumbs and cheese, if that’s your choice. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes – half an hour and serve with salad.
There you have it! I’m nowhere near a cook, but I do love these meals.
What’s your favourite meal to eat in summer?
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