Summer is finally come here and with the long light nights it is the perfect way and time to cook easy dishes outdoor with your friends and family members.
Nothing says holidays like the smell of grilling fare wafting across the neighborhood, or if you’re extra blessed, the beach!
Veges (Easy Dishes)
- Potatoes – who doesn’t like crispy potatoes? Or little chunks of potato covered in butter with herbs and wrapped in silver foil. Then, the barbecue or a fire pit are perfect opportunities to create delicious jackets with soft insides and crispy skins.
- Kebabs – what is it about a skewer that makes food that much more desirable? Load up some soaked sticks with capsicum, cherry tomatoes, carrots and add cubes of meat, feta or pineapple. Often combining a favorite with something not so special helps it all disappear.
- Eggplant, courgette, asparagus and artichokes are often thought of as more “adult friendly” veg but chuck them on the barbecue and they become crispy and charred and fabulous. You can add olive oil, bacon, cheese or sauces to take them to the next level.
- Stuffed veg – avocados, mini capsicums or even mild chilies for the adventurous can be filled with cheese or rice or herbs and then cooked lovingly until they are charred and oozy and delicious. Kids can choose their favorite fillings or add a cocktail stick/paddle pop and paper sail to make “boats”.
- Tomatoes – when they are in season they are so sweet. A splash of olive oil, some balsamic vinegar or a hit of fresh basil and suddenly you’re in Southern Europe!
- Corn – summer brings corn on the cob .. ooh yeah! Add some butter and twist in foil or char lovingly directly on the grill.
- Pumpkin or kumara – slice and add crumbled feta or salt and pepper and cook until it goes soft and super sweet.
- Stacks – build your own stacks are a marvelous way to get kids eating variety. Thinly slice a variety of veg, grill and then get the kids to put them together in the funkiest tower.
- Lettuce – yes, you heard correctly! Often the texture of green leaves is off-putting for young kids but give it a quick char on the barbecue, add a special dressing and some crumbled bacon and you’re away. Or wilt some spinach or kale and add garlic, butter and some grated parmesan.
- Roasted mushrooms – grab ones with a decent cap and fill with garlic, butter, herbs, grated parmesan or drizzle with olive oil and a shake of salt.
Fish and seafood (Easy Dishes)
- Grill other seafood like prawns, oysters, calamari, paua, octopus or scallops – if you’re lucky enough to score some!
- Quesadilla, a tortilla filled with chopped veg, cheese and Mexican spices are delicious on the barbecue. Whip up a gozleme or go more traditional and make a quick pizza.
- Roast cheeses like feta, haloumi or even whole brie
- Bruschetta – slice a French stick, rub with oil and garlic and char on the grill. Add chopped tomato, onion and basil or create your own unique toppings.
- Wrap fish in foil to steam or quickly sear directly on the hot plate for a lighter dinner.
- Whip up rissoles, koftas, falafels or fritters.
- Char some tofu or tempeh for a light, vegetarian option.
- Rice balls – use some precooked short-grain rice and form into a ball and then finish on the barbecue for a different outer texture. Use an Asian dipping sauce for full effect.