Thursday August 15 2013
What a summer this has been! Such sunny and busy days – and hot ones at that. We’re busy beating all-time temperature records in BC! Luckily, farmer John’s organic garden here at Home Office is loving the heat; I just picked up the most amazing broccoli florets!
After a full day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is turn on the oven and heat up the house. And to be honest, even firing up the barbecue seems like a chore sometimes rather than a pleasure. So to keep my cool in the kitchen, I get steamy!
Epicure’s Silicone Steamers are my go-to. I use them to make quick and healthy dinners plus easy side dishes. Dinner is ready in minutes, there are few dishes to clean, and the temperature in the kitchen hasn’t budged an inch. Now that’s keeping your cool!
With such glorious and bountiful produce on our doorsteps this time of year, here are a few of my steamy favourites:
Cook Once and Eat Twice! I used to poach chicken for salads or light meals, although now I find I achieve the same results with our Silicone Steamer much faster. And, bonus! I can cook the veggies at the same time. Lemon Dilly Chicken and Broccoli makes enough for a dinner for two the first night. Use up cold chicken the next night for a dinner salad. Swap out carrots for colourful bell peppers since they’re plentiful at the markets right now.
Get the recipe: Epicure’s Lemon Dilly Chicken and Broccoli
Those earthy baby potatoes and crisp green beans are at their prime. I like to pair this with a piece of grilled fish or chicken, or simply open a can of tuna or salmon to turn it into a dinner salad.
Get the recipe: Epicure’s Niçoise Potato Salad
And yes! Dessert too! Use up summer peaches and berries to make Peach & Raspberry Compote. It is divine spooned over frozen yogurt or ice cream sundaes.
Get the recipe: Epicure’s Peach & Raspberry Compote
Or top decadent chocolate cake with fresh berries. This is low-fat and high flavour. Have lots of zucchini in the garden? Stir in 1 cup (250 ml) grated zucchini to cake batter.
Get the recipe: Epicure’s Microwave Chocolate Snack Cake