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11 Easy Summer Dinners

11 Easy Summer Dinners
Lauren Dawes
Writer and expert12 months ago
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Looking for simple recipes to elevate your summer evening meals? We’ve got it covered with this selection.

When the weather’s nice, you don't want to be slaving away in a stuffy kitchen all evening long. That’s why we’ve put together these super-quick, no-fuss recipes that serve on the satisfaction scale. Irresistible flavour combinations, sizzling spices, and very low waiting times.

From ultimate summer classics like homemade chicken gyros and chicken skewers, to simple fiery bean chilli and portobello mushroom fajitas — there’s something to suit all tastes and diets. Get stuck in.

1. Chicken Gyros With Homemade Tzatziki

Starting strong with a real summer hit. It's a well-known fact that gyros taste even better in the sun.

These are made with succulent, juicy chicken strips, but they can easily be made vegetarian too — just switch the meat for halloumi strips. Everyone’s a winner.

Calories Protein Carbs Fat
407 37.9g 44g 7g

Check out the recipe here.

 

2. 15-Minute Vegan Bean Chilli

This plant-based, protein-rich chilli is the perfect meal for days when you want a meat-free option. Packed with plenty of fiery flavour, it’s ready in just quarter of an hour — ideal if you’re after something simple that still hits the spot.

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Calories Protein Carbs Fat
407 37.9g 44g 7g

Check out the recipe here.

 

3. Beef Crunch Wraps

In the mood for something a little more indulgent? This fakeaway-style recipe offers stacks of flavour — juicy seasoned beef, oozing cheese, spicy jalapenos, and rich sour cream, all encased in a crispy baked tortilla wrap. Heaven.

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Homemade Beef Crunch Wraps | Fakeaway Favourites

How to get your fix of that Taco Bell classic.

3 years agoBy Lauren Dawes
Calories Protein Carbs Fat
467 32g 37g 20g

Check out the recipe here.

 

4. Creamy Peanut Chicken Noodles

Need a quick midweek dinner with zero fuss? This is the recipe for you. Ready in only 15 minutes, these deliciously saucy noodles deliver on that irresistible peanut flavour and pack in 40g of protein per serving.

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Creamy Peanut Chicken Noodles

A peanutty midweek feast to look forward to.

2 years agoBy Emily Wilcock
Calories Protein Carbs Fat
473 40g 52g 12g

Check out the recipe here.

 

5. Ultimate Vegan Fajitas

Another plant-based meal, these fajitas are a perfect light alternative to refresh your routine and make a nice change from meat. Want to increase the protein content but keep it vegan? Simply stir in some kidney or black beans for a great little boost of protein, fibre, and iron.

Calories Protein Carbs Fat
439 12g 35g 15g

Check out the recipe here.

 

6. Easy Pesto Chicken & Veg

This is really taking it back to basics. But if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Sometimes you just can’t beat a simple pesto sauce. Pair it with a source of lean protein and your favourite veggies, and you’ve got yourself an unbeatable combination for an easy summer dinner.

Whip up a batch of this any time, and we promise your week will be off to a good start. Now that’s forward-thinking.

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Easy Pesto Chicken & Veg Meal Prep

PSA: good food doesn’t have to take hours to prepare.

2 years agoBy Lauren Dawes
Calories Protein Carbs Fat
523 52.5g 36.5g 16.5g

Check out the recipe here.

 

7. Crispy Honey Beef Noodles

This is the kind of dinner you’ll be looking forward to all day. It’s sweet, simple, and packs in 30g of protein per serving — perfect for hitting your summer macro goals. The crispy beef strips are a nice change from chicken recipes too, and the veggies add extra crunch.

Plus, any extras that you’re left with can be portioned up and put in the fridge for lunch the next day. Why not spread the happiness over two days?

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Crispy Honey Beef Noodles

Meal prep you'll actually look forward to...

1 year agoBy Lauren Dawes
Calories Protein Carbs Fat
429 30g 44g 14g

Check out the recipe here.

 

8. Air-Fryer Chicken Skewers

These deliciously juicy chicken skewers don’t depend on the right weather conditions for a barbecue. Just pop them in the air fryer and you’re good to go. Made with a super simple, yet oh-so tasty marinade, you’ll definitely be coming back for seconds.

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Air Fryer Chicken Skewers Meal Prep

Guaranteed to have you looking forward to lunch.

1 year agoBy Lauren Dawes
Calories Protein Carbs Fat
356 35g 47g 4g

Check out the recipe here.

 

9. 4-Step Chicken Satay Curry

Need something satisfying after a long day at work followed by a tough evening session at the gym? You’re covered with this delicious satay curry. It’s absolutely jam-packed with rich flavour and a real protein punch, perfect for hitting those macro goals.

Forget reaching for another premade jar of curry sauce, this simple 4-step recipe is perfect for beginners and lazy chefs alike. No judgment here, but this way you get to control exactly what goes into your food.

Calories Protein Carbs Fat
628 80g 98g 6g

Check out the recipe here.

 

10. Sweet Chilli Chicken Air Fryer Quesadilla

Filled with tender chicken pieces, oozing mozzarella, and irresistible sweet chilli sauce — this wrap recipe really gives a lot. It’s another super-quick air fryer job too, so your food is sizzling hot and ready to eat after just 15-20 minutes of simple prep. What’s not to love?

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Sweet Chilli Chicken Air Fryer Quesadilla

Oozing with melted, cheesy goodness.

1 year agoBy Lauren Dawes
Calories Protein Carbs Fat
370 64g 10g 15g

Check out the recipe here.

 

11. High-Protein Stuffed Crust Air Fryer Pizza

High-protein stuffed crust air fryer pizza. This recipe really does deliver, and it’s every bit as incredible as it sounds. Plus, I think any kind of day can immediately be improved with pizza, so why not treat yourself?

Calories Protein Carbs Fat
518 42g 66g 11g

Check out the recipe here.

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Lauren Dawes
Writer and expert
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Lauren is an English Literature graduate originally from the South. She’s always loved swimming, has discovered the power of weight training over the past few years, and has lots of room for improvement in her weekly hot yoga class.

On the weekends she’s usually cooking or eating some kind of brunch, and she enjoys trying out new recipes with her housemates – especially since shaking off student habits, like mainly surviving off pasta. Above all, she’s a firm believer in keeping a balance between the gym and gin.

Find out more about Lauren’s experience here.

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