Even if your kitchen doesn’t naturally turn into a literal oven over the summer, for some reason we find ourselves busier this time of year and spending less time in there anyway. Blame it on the beach and long summer nights. We also crave lighter meals using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, so to compliment the two sides of this hot weather dilemma, we’ve put together some of our favorite summer inspired recipes using 7 ingredients (not counting spices or basic pantry items) or less. Now you can make it all the way from breakfast to dessert in the least amount of time by whipping up these simple and extremely tasty combinations!
Peach Breakfast Bake
Peaches and nectarines have been making it into our daily fruit intake already, so heating them up and creating this delicious morning bowl of goodness is a pretty logical recipe move. Since the peaches we’ve been getting are so naturally sweet and juicy, we suggest cutting out the sugar from the recipe and just drizzling a bit of raw honey instead. Find the full recipe here.
Chilli, Mango and Black Bean Quesadilla
Since perfecting our favorite Spicy Mango Salad Jar recipe last month, we can’t get enough of Egypt’s world class mangoes paired with a bit of spice. It’s our favorite Summer 2016 flavor combo, if we’re being honest. Don’t worry about finding “Poblano” chilli’s in Egypt though, and opt for fresh local or canned jalapeño chilli peppers as a perfect substitute. The best part about this recipe is, you can literally enjoy it at any time of day, at home or on the go!
Roasted Beet, Orange, Feta and Pistachio Salad with Olives
Beets are easily one of our favorite veggies to sneak into a recipe to mix things up and add a nutritious boost. This extra summery beet,
citrus and savory flavored salad hits the spot when it comes to light and flavorful combinations. Don’t forget to pick up an extra orange for the perfect Sweet Oragne Vinaigrette Dressing, which also requires just a couple basic ingredients. Customize this beet salad recipe with your own preference of nuts or seeds and favorite type of olive.
The Best Potato Salad
It doesn’t get more summer than potato salad, but the problem with most potato salad recipes is the loads of mayonaise they usually call for. Thankfully, we’ve found a recipe that doesn’t sacrifice on taste or authentic creaminess. It’s packed with flavor and unexpected goodness due to a creative summer salad recipe re-mix you have to make to believe and is a quick and minimalist essential for your next BBQ or outing!
Caprese Orzo Salad
Who knew adding some orzo to a traditional caprese salad ingredients list could pay off so well? This 4 ingredient salad and it’s super simple dressing means a delicious twist on a Mediterranean staple in about 10 minutes. It’s ok, you can thank us later.
Quinoa Burrito Bowl
While we’re not really sure why Mexican food isn’t a ‘thing’ for most Egyptians, putting a handful of delicious items into a bowl and topping it with a creamy avocado dressing isn’t something we will ever say no to (ever!). You most likely have at least half of these ingredients in your house already, so cook up some quinoa, chop up some veggies and enjoy this excellent burrito in a bowl anytime throughout your day! Add a bit of grilled chicken or steak if you’re in the mood for some extra protein, and enjoy with some tortilla chips for an added authentic flavor.
Coffee Banana Ice Cream
If you’ve never made banana ice cream, now is the time. The added punch of caffeine to this 2 ingredient recipe also means it’s an excellent treat to add to your morning routine, without the typical guilt that would go with ice cream for breakfast. If you are planning to have it at night and don’t want the buzz that comes with it, opt for decaf coffee/espresso.
- 2 Ripe Bananas, frozen
- 1 Small cup of coffee or espresso, cooled
- Peel bananas and place in freezer for 4-6 hours, or until frozen solid
- Brew coffee and sweeten to taste. Set aside and let cool completely.
- Place frozen bananas in food processor and blend until smooth.
- Add coffee and blend again.
- Serve immediately or place back in freezer.