Hot days, Cool meals!
Summer is in full swing and we have been having some very warm days. The last thing anyone wants to think about on these days is turning on the stove or the oven to make meals. That can mean that fast food or take-out seems like the coolest option. The good news is that there are lots of cool meals that you can prepare at home that are delicious and nutritious. Salads of various types are great summer options including: greens with other vegetables, bean salads and even cold roasted vegetable salads. Good proteins to keep stocked and combine with those salads are organic canned beans, wild caught smoked salmon, organic eggs and cooked shrimp. Roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, olives and hearts of palm are all delicious additions to a salad and are easy to keep on hand. It’s best to look for glass jars, BPA-free cans or other non-metal packaging. To save heating up your kitchen, try roasting sweet potatoes or other veggies, spaghetti squash or even hard boiling eggs in the later evening when the temperatures are cooler. They will be cooled and ready to go for the next day. With a little thought you can create a variety of salads that work perfectly for summer meals.
Simply Easy Tip: Using baked or roasted sweet potatoes is a great variation for a healthy potato salad. Add celery, onion, garlic, peas, olive oil/lemon juice and salt and pepper. Other options: splash of fresh orange juice, chili powder and cilantro.
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Simply Delicious: Spaghetti Squash Salad with Chickpeas & Feta
1 (2 ½ pound) spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest plus 7 teaspoons juice
1 (15-ounce) can (organic if possible) chickpeas, rinsed
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)- optional, can use goat or vegan cheese
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
4 scallions, sliced thin on bias
2 tablespoons chopped toasted pistachio
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush cut sides of squash with 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Place squash, cut side down, on rimmed baking sheet. Roast squash until just tender and tip of paring knife can easily be slipped into flesh, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer squash to wire rack, cut side up, and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
2. Combine lemon zest and juice, remaining 1/4 cup oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Holding squash over bowl, use fork to scrape flesh from skin into strands; discard skin.
3. Add chickpeas to bowl with squash and toss gently to coat with dressing. Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with feta, parsley, scallions, and pistachios. Drizzle with extra oil before serving.
[Recipe from www.kcet.org]