You know how it goes – as soon as the sun starts warming up you get the urge to head outdoors. Forget about cleaning, packing, or anything else – just grab the keys and head out to enjoy those final days of summer. Those quick spontaneous plans sometimes leave us with little or no time to cook a healthy lunch.
If you find yourself not having enough time on your summer schedule – not even a little gap to do laundry or doing a general house cleaning – these quick and healthy summer recipes are for you. Give them a try and keep enjoying your summer days!
1. Coconut Quinoa Power Bowl
- Cook 1/2 cup of quinoa and 1/2 cup of lentils in one pot and add a pinch of salt
- Stir fry one smashed garlic clove with 3 or 4 thick ginger slices and one dried chili in coconut or olive oil (make sure you crack the chili before adding it to the mix)
- Throw in 2 spoonfuls of white miso paste and coconut milk.
- Let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Put the broth into a bowl and add as much or as little quinoa/lentil mixture as you like.
- Top with sliced cherry tomatoes, sprouts, basil leaves and squeeze fresh lime juice.
2. Hummus Veggie Wrap
- Spread a generous amount of hummus on the wrap of your preference making sure you cover the side edges.
- Layer spinach leaves, sprouts, basil, red pepper, cucumber and avocado slices on top of the hummus layer and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Roll it tightly, as you would do with a burrito.
- Cut it in half and enjoy!
3. Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos
- Grind black pepper, cumin, coriander seed and a pinch of lavender flowers and set the mixture of spices aside.
- Grind 3 tablespoons of poppy seeds and two tablespoons of pine nuts and set aside along with the spices.
- Slice 1 green pepper, onion, and finely chop 2 inches of ginger, 2 garlic cloves, and 1 tablespoon of lemon zest.
- Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a medium pan, whisk together 1lb of medium shrimp (peeled, deveined and with head and tails removed), the onion, green pepper, ginger, cloves, lemon zest and add salt to your taste.
- Add the mix of spices, along with the ground poppy seeds and pine nuts and stir until the shrimps are evenly covered in the mixture.
- Cover and let cook until the shrimps are cooked.
- Heat the corn tortillas in a non-stick skillet, layer shrimp, avocado slices, squeeze some drops of lemon, add sour cream to your taste and voilá!
As you can see, these three dishes are quick and simple, yet tasty and very fresh options to enjoy during your fun and busy summer days, so forget about the typical “fast food” and replace it with these delicious ideas!