Dining in the Summer Heat

Summer heat and the heat from cooking are not a very good mix. When summer comes around, the idea of spending time in a hot kitchen is probably not a popular choice. Comfort foods that might be satisfying and warming in winter are not the best choice for a hot summer evening. Instead, choose light, refreshing foods that require little or no cooking. That will leave you with more time to enjoy the beach, pool and the sun.

Hearth ’n Kettle's Grilled Gazpacho with Shrimp

Chilled soups might be a good choice for a main meal during the summer. They provide a tasty, fresh and nutritious meal without adding heat to your body. Add lots of fresh vegetables and pre-grilled chicken or shrimp to the pot. You can make recipes like gazpacho or your own combination using veggies from your garden. Squash is a great summer vegetable that works and so are tomatoes, peppers.

Fruit is always a great summer treat, choosing those rich in water, like watermelon and grapes, can be pleasantly cooling. I like to put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes before serving to make them extra refreshing and cold. The fruit is a healthier and more nutritious snack than a Popsicle or ice cream. You can also make your own popsicles by freezing your favorite 100% juice in molds.

Summer is the time for barbecues. Try grilling some of the summer’s fresh vegetables you’ll find at the local farmer’s market or stand. Serve them with your burgers, chicken or sausages this summer for a healthier option to the pasta and potato salads.

Sometimes when the heat gets too much to bear, going to an air-conditioned restaurant and enjoying a relaxing meal can be a great choice too!

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