10-minute summer meal ideas

10-minute summer meal ideas

Grab some seasonal produce and pantry staples and you're good to go for these 10-minute, tasty summer meals.

  1. Squid, white beans and chorizo
    Quickly pan-fry squid in rings or squares, and some sliced chorizo sausage. Toss together with warmed cannellini beans, rocket, a good squeeze of lemon juice and olive oil. Serve with toasted crusty bread.
  2. Super-quick paella
    Use a packet of ready-cooked risotto rice. Fry onion and garlic with smoked paprika and a pinch of rosemary. Add a little stock or water, rice, green beans and flaked smoked fish or cooked prawns. Stir to combine and simmer for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
  3. Corn fritters
    Combine a can of corn kernels (or kernels cut from fresh corn) with egg, flour, chopped coriander, chopped green onions and a dash of sweet chilli sauce. Spoon into a hot pan to make fritters. Serve with leftover Christmas ham and a salad.
  4. Steak with chickpea purée
    Whiz a can of drained chickpeas in the blender with a clove of garlic, a dash of olive oil and fresh parsley. Serve with a fillet steak cooked to your liking, green salad and tasty chutney.
  5. Quick prawn curry
    Toss peeled prawns in a pan with tandoori paste. Add light coconut cream, grated ginger and kaffir lime leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes. Toss in a generous handful of baby spinach. Serve with rice or naan bread.
  6. Tuscan tuna and bread salad
    Chop tomatoes, avocado and red onion in chunks. Toast some grainy bread and cut in squares. Combine in a bowl with salad greens, drained tuna, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss well and season with salt and chilli flakes or black pepper.
  7. Smoked chicken tortilla stack
    Dice smoked chicken, green capsicum, tomatoes and chillies. Combine with light sour cream and mix well. Layer between tortillas in a baking dish. Top with grated cheese and grill until cheese is melted. Cut in triangles to serve.
  8. Spiced salmon with couscous
    Add lemon zest and rocket to couscous and cover with boiling water to cook. Coat salmon fillets with Cajun spice mix and pan-fry for 2 minutes on each side. Add cherry tomatoes to couscous and serve salmon on top.
Author: Niki Bezzant

Healthy Food Guide

First published: Jan 2009

2017-04-03 17:24:40

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