As the Temperatures Rise

As the temperatures rise, the last thing you want to do is spend your time perspiring over the hob or oven. Some people are happy with living on salads and fruit during the hottest period of the year; yet most of us would still like to enjoy a hot (or at least cooked) meal, despite the heat.

Here are some ideas for meals that you can stretch out over two days. Always be mindful that food must be cooled down properly and then stored in the fridge or freezer. Bacteria multiply much faster in hot and damp environments, so hygiene and good storage practices are of utmost importance.

  • Rice: some may think that this is an obvious one and yet we fall into the trap of always preparing the same old rice salad. If you do that, you’re likely to get bored and throw most of it away. Don’t make a huge batch either, because you don’t want to stretch cooked rice over more than a day or so even if stored properly. Get creative – add nuts, fruits and various vegetables (whether cooked or raw) or even a chopped up omelet and don’t forget to give that extra kick with spices or fresh herbs. If you’re going to use a dressing, do not add it until you are ready to serve. The same goes for tuna fish or other proteins. If there is anything that is easy to add at the last minute, opt for that choice.
  • Savoury breakfast muffins that can be eaten at any time: you’ll thank yourself when the mid-morning or mid-afternoon hunger pangs start or when you’re rushing out for work with barely a coffee in your system.  These can keep for 4-5 days if stored properly and you may reheat them slightly before consuming.