Ten Summer Foods Made Fast (most in just 15 minutes!)
Posted Jul 21 2011 6:44am
Summer time is such a fun time of year! If you live in a Northern climate like me, it can also feel very short!
Therefore, I like to prepare foods that are quick and easy, yet supply me with the proper nutrients and cooling elements to keep me going in these hot summer months.
Foods that are grilled, simmered, steamed, fast sautéed or raw are perfect to prepare during this season.
Here are some go-to-foods that can be eaten raw or prepared fast so you can fuel your body and get back into the summer sun with plenty of time to spare!
One of the first foods I begin to think of when summertime rolls around are tomatoes. My husband and I have been growing our own tomatoes for years to make our own fresh salsa. Although they are now available year round, it is best to eat them when they are in season from July through September. There are several varieties but my favorite is cherry tomatoes! Eat: Grilled Cherry Tomatoes!
Mix ¼ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and 3 large garlic cloves finely chopped. Add approximately 24 cherry tomatoes and coat them well with mixture. If time allows, let marinate for up to 30 minutes. Place cherry tomatoes on wooden skewers and grill over hot coals for about 3 minutes on each side. Enjoy!
Watermelon is the perfect summer food. It is so delicious and refreshing! To me, it is better than any candy or dessert out there with its’ natural sweetness. It is made up of about 90% water making it the perfect food to help you rehydrate after sweating in the sun or after you workout. It is also extremely filling but has very few calories so it can help aid in weight loss when added to a weight loss plan.
Eat: Just plain watermelon!
Remove the rind and skin and cut the flesh into cubes. To make it more interesting, slice the watermelon into triangles and sprinkle with cayenne pepper and fresh lime juice to taste and wait for your taste buds to explode!
I have no idea if asparagus actually makes your you-know-what smell when you go to the bathroom. I eat it all the time in the summer and I have never had that happen. Therefore, do not let that steer you away. This is a highly nutritious summer food that can be prepared lightning fast and is the perfect complement to grilled meats, pasta salads or in a stir-fry.
Eat: Oven Baked Asparagus
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry asparagus and arrange is a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and add your choice of either 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or simply sprinkle with sea salt. Turn and stir them to coat. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes. So delicious!
Cucumbers are another food that gets me excited about summer. It is crunchy, light and is great eaten raw on salads, sandwiches or dipped in hummus. Eat it with the skin on otherwise you will lose vital nutrients and fiber.
Eat: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Top whole grain bread with organic cream cheese. Sprinkle with black pepper and thinly sliced cucumbers. That’s it! You’re done!
Like watermelon and other melons, cantaloupe is made up of 90% water. Therefore, it is another wonderful summer food to fill you up, keep you hydrated and help you stay cool.
Eat: Melon with Yogurt and Honey
Seed and cut melon into wedges. Serve wedges with Greek yogurt drizzled with organic or raw honey. Heaven!
Zucchini is a type of squash and is, in fact, a summer squash. It is full of beneficial vitamins and minerals. It is a natural energizing food and can help keep blood-sugar steady. It is also super easy to grow. Check out this zucchini I picked from my garden just the other day!
Eat: Zucchini Fries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove ends of zucchini and cut into 3 – 4 inch long “fry” shapes. Beat 2 eggs in a mixing bowl and dip zucchini in egg and then roll in bread crumbs (I used Panko Crumbs or homemade bread crumbs which can be made by taking stale bread or toasted bread and pulsing in a food processer until fine). Place on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven 10 – 12 minutes. Flip zucchini fries and bake another 10 – 12 minutes until golden brown.
Raspberries are one of the most high-fiber foods on the planet; hard to believe since they are so small, right? One cup provides 8 grams! Not to mention all of the other health benefits they provide. Plus, they are delicious so eat up!
Eat: Frozen Raspberries
Raspberries are fragile and go bad quickly. Unless you know you are going to eat them right away, freeze fresh raspberries and save them for a cooling snack or to use in fresh shakes and smoothies.
#8 Sweet Corn
Corn is definitely not one of the healthiest foods on the planet. However, it is a very popular summer food and, trust me; you could eat things that are much worse. Therefore, it may not be on my top 150 healthiest foods list but when it’s summer time, how can you say no?
Eat: Grilled Sweet Corn
Carefully pull back corn husks just enough to remove the silk. Spread butter or olive oil over corn and sprinkle with desired seasonings like sea salt and black pepper, or Cajun seasonings. Pull the husks back up and wrap corn in foil. Place on a preheated grill and cook for about 20 – 30 minutes over indirect heat.
Nectarines are great to eat for a quick burst of energy and to help cool you off. They are also extremely portable due to their small size. Carry one in your pocket when you go on a long run, or bring some in your backpack when you head to the park. It won’t make a mess and you can peel and eat when you’re ready for a quick treat!
Eat: By itself or in salsa!
As I said, it is perfect by itself for a quick snack. It is also great in salsa. Combine black beans, jalapenos, corn, onion, nectarines, a squeeze of lime and cilantro. It is like summer in a bowl!
#10 Bell Peppers
Bell peppers come in wide variety of colors including green, red, orange and yellow. They each offer a slightly different taste. I’ve heard that red bell peppers are the sweetest taste of the bell family but when I conducted my own taste test, I personally thought yellow was the sweetest. Either way, they are all delicious and blend well with everything. They can be eaten raw, added to salads and sautéed with other veggies like squash and onions.
Eat: Bell Pepper Egg-in-the-Hole
Cut bell pepper into ½ inch rings (choose which ever color pepper you like). Heat large sauté pan with olive oil and add bell pepper rings. Crack one egg in each ring. Cook 2 -3 minutes on one side then flip and cook an additional minute on the other side. Season with sea salt and pepper and serve!
What is your favorite go-to summer food? How do you like to prepare it? Is there something new you are going to try from this article? I would love to have your comments below or visit me on Facebook !Health and blessings!Randi
Randi's passion is to create positive change in a person's life that leads to prolonged health and happiness. She works with individuals who wish to lose weight, increase their energy, lower stress and manage and prevent disease through the use of natural health solutions. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, exercise enthusiast and rep for Young Living Essential Oils .