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6 Fresh Summer Recipes

October 25, 2019 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

The weather’s warming up, which usually means you’re trying to eat better, cook more, hide more veg in the kids’ food, or just looking for some new recipes. Look no further. These summer dishes are as good for you as they are for the soul.

Tomato Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Pasta is good, but zucchini noodles are better (for you). This recipe uses fresh cherry tomatoes, sundried tomato pesto and zucchini noodles as an alternative to wheat pasta for a summer body-friendly dish.

 

Tip: If you can’t go without pasta completely, try some made from corn, lentils, chickpeas or brown rice. Kinder on the digestive system and an imperceptible change for fussy eaters.

Veggie tacos

Contrary to many a meat eater’s beliefs, it is more than possible to make a delicious meal without meat or dairy. These vegan tacos use a sweet and smoky salsa to make eating your five-a-day that much tastier.

Tip: For a hearty hit of vegan and vegetarian protein, add chickpeas, lentils, or kidney, pinto or black beans

Chilled soba noodle salad with teriyaki chicken

Everyone loves noodles, but a hot and (carb) heavy meal isn’t always ideal in warm weather. Chilled noodles provide all the same taste and satisfaction without the food sweats afterwards.

Tip: Cook extra chicken so you can use leftovers in wraps, salads or on sandwiches for lunches throughout the week.

 

Pizza is a year-round crowd-pleaser, no arguments. Try a flatbread version with charred veggies, ricotta and sweet caramelised onion for a light summer option.

Tip: Want to beef up the toppings? Skip the processed salamis or hams and go for lean meats like chicken so it’s lighter on the stomach (therefore allowing you to eat more pizza).

Grilled steak with chimichurri

This recipe takes the regular meat-and-three-veg to a whole new level. Dust off the barbie and grill some corn, capsicum, squash or potatoes to have alongside this tender steak.

Tip: To keep this dish light, choose a lean cut of steak. Sirloin and flank pack all the same taste and nutrients without the fat, making them lighter on the heart and waistline.

Peanut butter energy balls

Got a sweet tooth that simply can’t be satisfied with a piece of fruit? Try these delightfully healthy peanut butter balls to stave off those afternoon sugar cravings. You can even use real choc chips in them (and if that doesn’t win you over, we don’t know what will).

Tip: Add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to give yourself that extra kick of satiety when you reach for these in the arvo.

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