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Favourite Summertime Meals

Favorite Summertime Meals

Everyone loves s’mores and BBQ, but why not put a spin on some classics or try something new? Here are some ideas that are sure to become your favorite summertime meals of 2022.

A chef-inspired new favorite – Kung Pao-style cauliflower wings

Canadian top chef Trevor Lui shared one of his favorite summertime meals with Everything Zoomer. This gluten-free, vegetarian take on a classic was an instant hit. Here is how to make it at home in only 20 minutes:

For the Kung Pao sauce:

Pulse these ingredients in a food processor until smooth and emulsified and warm in a pan over low heat:

  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup agave nectar of local honey
  • 2 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 clove of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of sriracha

For the cauliflower wings:

  • Break a head of cauliflower into 2-inch florets.
  • Toss them in a cup of cornstarch, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon paprika, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Shake off excess and deep fry the florets in a deep fryer or a deep pan of canola oil heated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-5 minutes.

Toss the cauliflower with the Kung Pao sauce and garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions.

A quick and flavorful BBQ recipe – curried chicken skewers with a creamy chickpea salad

If you want something quick and easy for the BBQ, try this 15-minute recipe from Canadian Living.

For the curried chicken:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of plain Balkan-style yogurt with 1 tablespoon curry paste, 2 cloves of grated garlic, and a pinch of salt. You can marinate the chicken a day ahead if you like.
  • Coat the chicken in the marinade and cook it on the grill.

For the chickpea salad:

Combine a can of chickpeas with:

  • ¼ cup yogurt or mayo
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
  • 1 clove of grated garlic
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped cucumber
  • A chopped celery stalk
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Serve with grilled naan for a delicious, easy summertime meal.

A new take on a classic dessert – s'mores milk shake

This recipe from Taste of Home is a spin on a classic that is perfect for a hot summer day.

  • Broil or grill marshmallows until golden brown and cool them completely.
  • Put ½ a cup of milk and 3 cups of vanilla ice cream in a blender and pulse until combined.
  • Add 10 toasted marshmallows and pulse again until blended.
  • Divide into glasses and garnish with crushed graham crackers, chocolate syrup, and the remaining toasted marshmallows.