Take the stress out of summer cooking with fuss-free seasonal meal ideas using storecupboard ingredients. If you don’t have a lot of fresh ingredients to hand, it’s still possible to enjoy a light lunch or dinner with the help of frozen and canned foods. From bean salads and fish stew to pizza and paella, these summer storecupboard recipes are budget-friendly and full of flavour.
1. Summer fish stew
Frozen fish is an affordable ingredient to add to your summer repetoire. White fish such as cod or pollock freeze well and can be added straight to a healthy stew without defrosting first. Cans of chopped tomatoes and butter beans add flavour and texture, plus you can use up stale bread to make golden croutons.
2. Feta, olive & preserved lemon grain salad
Take some shortcuts with a ready-made dressing, a pouch of microwaveable grains and a pot of sundried tomatoes, olives and feta. Just add some fresh rocket for a fuss-free, flavourful salad ready in under 10 minutes.
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3. Mozzarella & pesto chickpeas on toast
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4. Spaghetti with smoked anchovies, chilli breadcrumbs & fried egg
Tinned smoked anchovies are a storecupboard hero, and can be used in a wide range of dishes. Add them to this simple and speedy spaghetti with breadcrumbs in a garlicky chilli sauce. Top with a fried egg for a stress-free midweek meal full of interesting textures.
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5. Cajun grilled chicken with lime black-eyed bean salad & guacamole
6. Tuna, olive & rocket pizzas
Keep the family happy with these simple seafood pizzas. Using a ready-made pizza base mix saves on time, whilst storecupboard basics such as tomato purée, cans of tuna and olives make a quick topping. Get creative and let everyone customise their pizzas with whatever ingredients you have to hand.
7. Lentil & tomato salad
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8. Charred broccoli, lemon & walnut pasta
Put a packet of dried penne or fusilli to good use in this satisfying summer pasta dish. It’s packed with flavour from charred broccoli, lemon, parmesan and fried garlic, with walnuts for texture. Ready in just 20 minutes, it makes a speedy and nutritious midweek supper. You could use frozen broccoli if you don’t have fresh to hand.
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9. Easy paella
10. Artichoke & roasted red pepper soufflé omelette
Sometimes you don’t want a large meal in the heat, so why not whip up a light and fluffy omelette? Fill this speedy soufflé omelette with storecupboard veg such as canned artichokes and red peppers, along with fresh basil leaves for a summery injection. Serve with rocket salad and balsamic dressing.
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