As we have been blessed with a record hot summer up here in Nordic countries, I've heard from so many friends, that the last thing they want to do in this heat is to cook. Many has said, they have a liquid diet through the day, and when temperatures cool off a bit in the evening, they binge eat all in sight, because they are starving by that point. So here are few ideas for lunches, that might perk your appetite to avoid that situation.
I went to the local grocery, and bought just about everything they had to offer on the fruit and vegetable department.
I washed and cut lots of fruits and berries, making sure they are always handy for snacks through the day.
We've had salads in all the ways you can imagine all week long. Because of all the extra liquids we intake, it's important to make sure we raise the intake of salt. So I topped the salads, for example, with salty feta cheese and crostinis.
To accompany the salads I've served croissants with lovely salty smoked ham and cheese, another day I fried some chicken tenders in a little bit of oil, mixing taco spices into the breading. Leftovers from the chicken ended up cold on top of the salad the next day.
Some of the veggies I tossed in the pan with pork, mixed a lemongrass marinade for it, and served with egg-noodles, that take much less time to cook compared to, for example, rice.
I'm loving the sunny days and warm weather, and cause I know it will not last much longer, I try to take the discomfort it might bring on a side, and focus on all good and warmth we get to enjoy!