Cooking From The Heart

Healthy Eating & Living Guide

Light Summer Meals Your Family Will Love

The outside temperature can be a deciding factor in the recipes you look for, the food you eat, and even the wine you drink. The warmer it is, the more you seek out light summer meals your family will love.

As the mercury rises, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. Here are some standout dishes that are light, delicious, and affordable.

Rice Paper Rolls

You often find that many summer recipes are salads. Not everyone wants to eat a salad every day of the week, which means that rice paper rolls can be a refreshing change. You can add all manner of salad ingredients and sauces, not to mention delectable prawns. Prepare them fresh for lunch or dinner, and enjoy how easy they are to make for everyone in the family.

Corn Fritters

Corn fritters, with delicious cheese, like feta, can be a light and tasty meal option for busy families. You can pair them with a side salad and dressing or eat them on their own as a snack with dipping sauce. Corn fritters are also easy to prepare and affordable.

San Choy Bow

Try out new and exciting food recipes, such as san choy bow. This dish includes pork or chicken and crunchy vegetables wrapped in fresh lettuce. Given that they aren’t loaded with carbohydrates, they leave you feeling full yet not uncomfortably bloated on a hot summer’s day.

Poke Bowls

Poke bowls are raw fish dishes with rice, vegetables, and sauces. While expensive to buy premade, they are quite affordable to make at home. Most people use tuna as their fish of choice, but you can use salmon, as well. You can then get creative with which vegetables you add, such as avocado, cucumber, and carrot. Some people also add boiled eggs and ginger.


Whether you’re preparing a family dinner, one with guests, or you’re out for a picnic; you can’t go wrong with a frittata. This delicious dish can be a snack or main meal, and it’s both cost-effective and tasty.

You can also get creative with different flavours and use whatever vegetables you have leftover in the fridge. Browse the internet for recipes you think might suit your family’s tastes.


When the mercury’s rising, you may not feel like hearty soups and stews. Why not opt for something light, fresh, and cold? Sushi ticks all those boxes. Sushi can be relatively easy to prepare with a sushi rolling mat. Nori is also inexpensive, and you can get creative with your fillings to suit all family members. It’s also far more affordable to prepare at home than buy premade.

Chicken Wraps

If you just want to relax with a glass of wine and not spend hours in the kitchen, then chicken wraps can be a delicious lunch or dinner option. They are light, customisable, and easy to prepare. Given that some family members may not like specific ingredients, you can let everyone choose what they want in theirs.

Light summer meals are necessary when the sun’s beating down. Fortunately, there are thousands of recipes that you can get creative with in the kitchen. Why not try some of these dishes above?