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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.