1) Spaghetti Chicken Carbonara
This is my go-to recipe whenever I have a serious pasta craving. Shredded rotisserie chicken is an easy shortcut for making this a fast weeknight recipe. I like using fresh pasta when possible, but the boxed stuff works in a pinch. There's a light lemon flavour and a bit of salt from the pancetta. See my recipe for Spaghetti Chicken Carbonara.
2) Easy Banana Ice Cream
I could ice cream everyday if I could - but that's not going to work out for me, so I was thrilled to discover an ice cream you can make with a frozen bananas and a few other ingredients. I used a Yonanas machine, but you could easily use this blender or this one here to make this recipe for Banana Ice Cream.
3) Match Chia Seed Pudding
This Match Chia Seed Pudding recipe gives me a ton of energy in the morning so I can get on with my day. It's also simple to make the night before and you could easily double or triple the recipe so you have a ready made breakfast all week.
4) Homemade Cranberry Protein Bars
If you're buying protein bars like crazy, consider making your own! I make a big batch on a Sunday and it's easy to grab and go all throughout the week. Here's the recipe I use. Make sure to follow the recipe exactly or it will mess up how much your bar will hold together. It a nice, light breakfast.
5) Peanut Butter + Jelly Smoothie
It's a hot day and you want to cool off. My Peanut Butter + Jelly Smoothie recipe makes a great afternoon snack or meal replacement with the addition of some of my favourite protein powder.
What are your favourite things to cook in the summer?
Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.