A summer salad with couscous. (FOOD+FLICKS STOCK IMAGE)
Rebecca asked via e-mail: During hot, summer months, what are some good, easy meals to fix at home?
Many people know I am a salad nut! And I mean Meal type salads. Start with the basics, some good greens, slivered onions, cheese, and a homemade viniagrette, then add some substance, like cous cous, or black beans, or chicken, or fish. It's great to toss big pieces of a torn baguette into a salad as well. The additions add bulk to fill me up, and all of it is quick and light. The key is a homemade dressing. One part vinegar, 3 parts oil, 1/2 part sugar, pinch salt. I also always toss my ingredients together with the dressing.
Other favorites for me are Roasted veggies and pasta, hot or cold. I love to make my own Hummus, and eat it as a sandwich with cucumber slices, and swiss, plus a bit of viniagrette.
I'll cook rice and pasta for the week and keep it in the fridge till ready to use, which is great for a quick stir fry, or stir fried rice (veggies and egg)
We eat lots of sandwiches, which can be boring, but it's light and cold.
Having some quality frozen fish filets in the freezer, can be thawed and either roasted or quick seared and paired with couscous for a quick elegant dinner. Just add a veg.
Which reminds me, an awesome item to keep in the pantry for quick fix is couscous. It cooks in no time, just pour hot water over and cover, ready in under 8 minutes. It can be plain, or dress it up with things you put in a salad. It's great as a side dish, or I eat it as the main event for lunch. I just add veggies on hand, green onions, peppers, parm cheese, then toss it like a salad in a quick vinaigrette. Frozen peas or canned corn are fine quick additions.
Think light, quick, and cool for summer menus, and always remember a sorbet from the store with some fresh berries served in a wine glass is an awesome elegant dessert.