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Summer-Special Recipes to Fill Your Dinner Time for Taste and Health

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A kitchen is a treasure of countless recipes you curate, try, and enjoy. That’s why you care about its ambiance and wellness as well. You keep it up-to-date to eliminate anything that tarnishes its hygiene or flawlessness. Some changes cost more, while others do well with your pocket. Nevertheless, you can be okay with the expense because you spend a reasonable amount of time amid its surroundings. While extensive work like painting, refinishing cabinets, and other things require proper planning, other modifications only briefly interfere with your routine. You can prioritize and lead your day as usual. What can that be?

Suppose your old sink looks tired? You can buy an apron sink also known as farmhouse kitchen sink as a replacement. A professional can fix it in about two hours. You can schedule your kitchen chore easily, such as cooking or dishwashing. Since summer has started, the heat must be getting the better of you. Sometimes, you want to skip meals because you don’t feel like having them. How should you make your menu appealing enough for a hot day? Plenty of veggies, fruits, and seafood are there to do the tricks. Since no one wants to stay in the balmy kitchen for too long, one pan or pot meals can look more attractive. So, let’s get started!

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Pasta in cherry tomato sauce

Almost everyone loves the tangy tomato sauce flavor for its aroma and deliciousness. When combined with pasta, it makes your dish irresistible. If you worry it takes time to make tomato sauce, you have yet to learn the power of your garden’s cherry tomatoes. Let them burst in the pan in the tomato paste to experience the magic. You can prepare four servings of this in a total of 20 minutes. Preparatory work can complete in 5 minutes.

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Ingredients: Parmesan, basil leaves, sugar, kosher salt, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, orecchiette, cherry tomatoes, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar.

Steak salad

Gorging on a grilled steak salad recipe on a weeknight can be a different pleasure. But you can also reserve it for your social occasions because of the star ingredient – boneless beef rib steak. The easy dish can impress anyone, making you include it in your menu frequently. After all, ribeye is flavorful and beautiful. You can make it more unique with bold touches of blue cheese and red onions. To complete it, you can also add sizable creamy avocado slices. You would want to use a large bowl without much depth or a big platter when serving. In 30 minutes, you can cook four servings of this summer salad. Prep time is only about 10 minutes.

Ingredients: Basil leaves, blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, avocado, baby spinach, black pepper powder, rib eye steak, Kosher salt, red onion, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, granulated sugar, etc.

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Tacos with Mahi Mahi

Those who love fish can’t get over the tenderness of mahi mahi. You can marinate it your way to enjoy its taste all the time. Some use a citrus-oil mixture, while others use a mayo base. No matter what you prefer, the dish’s richness pleases your palate. You can make your preparation extra enjoyable by adding it to a tortilla. Place pineapple-jalapeno salsa along with it for spiciness. You can make this recipe in one hour. The preparation time will be 10 minutes. You can easily create three to four servings of this with little effort. 

Ingredients: Lime wedges, cilantro, corn tortillas, mayonnaise, jalapeno, pineapple, white onion, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, kosher salt, oregano, onion powder, smoked paprika, extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper powder, cayenne, cumin, mahi mahi fillets, etc.

Vegetable sandwich

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You can be a fan of your protein-packed bacon and egg sandwich. But it doesn’t hurt to try something humble yet equally satiating like a chockablock veggie sandwich. Imagine filling the space between two bread slices with nine types of vegetables in sync. You can use hummus and avocado mash spread for some texture and richness. And if you miss your meat, let mushrooms and tofu care for you. You can make four sandwiches in one hour with a preparation time consisting of 29 minutes. 

Ingredients: Toasted whole wheat bread slices, cucumbers, carrot, rice vinegar, kosher salt, water, white miso, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, avocado, lime juice, black pepper powder, heirloom tomatoes, arugula, small shallots, hummus, alfalfa sprouts, etc.

Pan-seared chicken with strawberry and jalapeno

Someone who enjoys mixing spicy and sweet flavors in one dish would love it most. Do you? Once you try this, you will surely want to have more of it. You sear the chicken breast in a pan until golden brown and use the strawberry chipotle sauce to smother the seasoned breast pieces. Round up this preparation with a unique salsa mixture of strawberry and jalapeno. You can dress the dish with cilantro, parsley, or basil. Some may find this combination odd. But when the jalapeno’s fruity spiciness and fresh strawberry’s tartness unite with the smoky chipotle chilies, the dish tastes heavenly. You can eat it with rice or sweet potato. In 45 minutes, you can cook 4 to 6 servings of this. You spend only 20 minutes in its preparation. 

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Ingredients: BBQ sauce, neutral oil, chicken breasts, black pepper powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, strawberries, jalapenos, shallots, balsamic vinegar, chipotle chili, adobo sauce, honey, etc.

Peppers stuffed with chickpeas 

Deconstruct your falafel sandwich’s garlic-rich flavors to infuse them into vibrant-looking bell peppers. This classic vegetarian version can quickly become a regular sight in your kitchen. You can make four servings in less than one hour.

Ingredients: Tahini, extra-virgin olive oil, yellow onion, garlic cloves, kosher salt, black pepper powder, chickpeas, cumin, coriander powder, curly parsley, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon, etc.

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Your summer menu can contain colors, proteins, essential nutrients, taste, aroma, and more. Pack all of them in one recipe without spending much time in the kitchen. That means you don’t have to worry about the hot summer and cooking chores when you can make quick recipes for everyone. If you come across an extensive-style preparation, involve your family members for help to lighten your work. It should be fun.

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