From a Panzanella salad with mozzarella and pesto to prawn, chilli and lime tortillas, dinnertime is something to look forward to this week...
What was looking to be yet another two days spent at home under lockdown, last weekend was our first sign of things changing. The sun was out, the 5k restriction was lifted and two households could now meet outdoors. While the weather is yet to heat up, the sun shining over the weekend has us dreaming of days spent outside and the meals that follow.
That's why this week's FOOD&WINE menu is made up of light and fresh dishes that you can throw together in minutes. After all, the sun shining in Ireland is a rarity that can't be wasted by spending the day indoors cooking over a stove.
So pull that barbecue out from hiding, stock up on salad leaves and get ready to enjoy easy, effortless, and fresh meals that require little to no heat. But because we're also aware of Ireland and its temperamental weather, we've been sure to include a couple of comfort food dishes for when it inevitably rains...
Panzanella salad with mozzarella and pesto
A no-cook, chuck-together salad is ideal for WFH lunches, socially distanced picnics or an afternoon spent down at the beach. Why not make this salad, even more, filing by adding in some leftover chicken? Try the recipe, here.
15-minute one-pot dahl
Packed with delicious, good-for-you ingredients, this intensely delicious lentil dahl is healthy, made in just 15 minutes and requires just one pot to make. Perfect for busy nights when you don't want to spend too long in the kitchen but still want a satisfying meal. Try the recipe out, here.
Prawn, chilli and lime tortillas
These prawn tortillas are quick and easy to prepare but are also light and fresh making it the perfect dinner dish for warmer days. Fresh, juicy prawns with lime zest and coriander wrapped up with crispy lettuce and tangy salsa in soft, oven-baked tortillas full of smoky Mexican flavour. Try the recipe, here.
Kale and mushroom carbonara
On nights when it's a little cooler than we initially hoped, there's only one fix: pasta. Try this mushroom and kale pasta for a lighter alternative to the traditional creamy carbonara. Instead of the usual pancetta or bacon, add a splash of colour with peppery kale and earthy flavour with mushrooms. Try the recipe, here.
Fish burrito bowls
Loaded with spiced basa fillets, fried rice and beans, a refreshing salsa, lettuce leaves and an optional dollop of soured cream, these deconstructed fish burritos take bowl food to a whole other level. Not only are they high in protein and one of your five a day, but they are also low in salt and saturates, making them the perfect wholesome midweek meal. Try the recipe, here.
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