If you’re anything like me, then eating fresh, light and healthy food outdoors is the ultimate test of a great British summer. Hopefully the sun will shine a lot this year and we’ll all be able to make the most of the grill or barbeque.
If you’re trying to lose a few pounds for your beach holiday, or you simply want to have more energy, now is the time to tuck into the best of the season’s fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, the grill or barbecue is a healthy and simple way to cook – there’s nothing easier than cooking a fresh fish and serving it with a full-of-goodness green salad and fresh, crusty bread.
To inspire your culinary efforts this summer, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best summer feel-good foods, and suggested some of our favourite recipes for you to try. Enjoy!
Nothing says ‘British summer’ better than a bowl of juicy strawberries served with fresh cream or ice cream. You could even wrap them in tin foil, cook on a hot grill for 5 minutes and serve with crème fraiche. For a chocolate treat mash a few Malteasers into your ice cream and enjoy with your strawberries – yum!
2. Corn on the cob
Grill on a high heat for about 8 minutes and then drizzle with real butter or a smidgen of sweet chilli sauce.
3. Crunchy coleslaw
Make your own coleslaw with crunchy white cabbage mixed with a little onion and grated carrot. Mix with mayo and a squeeze of fresh lemon if you fancy it. You can also add a few walnuts, some raisins and some chopped celery to ring the changes.
4. Barbeque jerk chicken
Easy and delicious – we love the Ainsley Harriot barbeque jerk chicken recipe. It’s perfect served with leaves and a fruity rice salad.
5. Fresh fish
Plaice, lemon sole, monkfish and turbot are all at their best from May onwards so explore what your local fishmonger has to offer and try to find something new. Most fish dishes are very simple and involve little more than wrapping the fish in tinfoil and cooking on the barbeque or grill for 10 minutes or less. Take a look at this chart which tells you about what fish to eat when.
Early summer wouldn’t be the same without a bunch of fresh asparagus served with a drizzle of butter. Try our quick and easy herb and lemon asparagus with parmesan.
7. Seasonal veg
Peas and cucumber are in season now so make the most of their succulent flavours. There are lots of great pea recipes over on the BBC website. Enjoy cucumber with salads or even use as a sandwich filling all on its own.
8. Roast lamb
Lamb is at its most tender in May and June although it develops in flavour as the summer months progress so is a great dish to enjoy this time of year. Simply serve as a Sunday roast or try this gorgeous lamb kebab recipe by Jamie Oliver.
Kebabs made using vegetables, lamb or chicken are so easy to make and you can marinade the meat to alter the flavours. Try this lovely citrus marinated chicken recipe from Weber, it’s fantastic! If you’re in a hurry, buy a marinade from the supermarket and add to your meat the night before you want to cook it.
10. Sausages and burgers
Barbeque and grill connoisseurs may sniff at the idea of sausages and burgers, but no summer is complete without at least one yummy dinner consisting of a hot dog or burger. The hot dogs must be served with fried onions and the burgers must be topped off by tomato ketchup or salsa, lettuce and a juicy tomato. Take a look at this selection of some of the most mouth-watering burger recipes we’ve ever seen.
Happy summer eating!