Mid-August, what to bring to the table? Whether you are at the seaside, in the mountains, in the countryside or in the city, this day is to be spent with friends or relatives, perhaps over a nice fresh dish, in good company.
There are so many ideas to serve, whether they are vegetarian recipes or vegan recipes, you can indulge yourself if you want a cruelty free alternative.
We have chosen for you a series of tasty dishes from appetizers to desserts, suitable for all palates, even the most demanding.
STARTERS FOR THE AUGUST MENU
Calabrian peperonata, have you ever tasted it? If you haven't done it yet, let's say it straight away: the peperonata recipe does not rhyme with diet, light meal and scales. But perhaps, sometimes, indulging in a little gluttony also helps our mood.
Read: PEPERONATA: THE CALABRIAN RECIPE
The classic savory muffins are always very greedy, but you can also prepare them in a savory version, to be served as an aperitif, as an appetizer or to enrich a second dish. Choose organic and seasonal ingredients as much as possible to make the recipes we offer you.
Read: SALTY MUFFINS: 10 RECIPES FOR ALL TASTE
We can serve the green sauce in combination with boiled or steamed vegetables to enrich our side dish with flavor. The green sauce, prepared in any version, is also good for spreading on slices of bread or on homemade croutons.
Read: GREEN SAUCE: THE ORIGINAL RECIPE AND 5 VARIATIONS
Making guacamole at home is very simple. Just have ripe avocados available. It is a very versatile sauce, which you can prepare in numerous variations starting from the original recipe.
Read: GUACAMOLE SAUCE: THE ORIGINAL RECIPE AND 5 VARIATIONS
Gazpacho is a cold soup made from raw vegetables (in some cases, cooked vegetables are also used). It is a typical dish of Spain, especially appreciated in Andalusia. Sometimes it is served with ice cubes. Beyond the original recipe, there are numerous variations, which involve the use of different vegetables and various herbs in your city.
Read: GAZPACHO: THE ORIGINAL RECIPE AND 10 OTHER VARIATIONS
The simplest and tastiest Russian salad is made simply with diced peas, carrots and potatoes and homemade mayonnaise, but there are really many variations. Discover them here and amaze your guests.
Read: RUSSIAN SALAD: THE ORIGINAL RECIPE AND 10 MOST HEALTHY VARIATIONS
AUGUST MENU: THE FIRST
A dish that cannot be missing on the summer table. It is very versatile in its preparation and you can easily vary the ingredients with which to season this dish according to both your tastes and what you have available. You can choose to dress your rice salad with cooked or raw vegetables, with homemade sauces, herbs from your city, spices, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Read: RICE SALAD: 10 HEALTHY AND EASY TO PREPARE RECIPES
Salads from cereals
Are you looking for alternatives to the classic summer rice salad? Then the time has come to discover the varied world of cereals (and pseudo-cereals, as quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth are usually considered). Cereals are interchangeable in every recipe, depending on your tastes, so you can prepare many types of cereal salads.
Read: CEREAL SALADS: 10 RECIPES FOR ALL TASTES
Tomatoes stuffed with cereals
Quinoa, millet, spelled will help you in the preparation of tasty dishes. These are appetizing alternatives to the classic rice-stuffed tomatoes. Choose the recipes that are closest to your tastes and try.
Read: NOT JUST RICE: 10 STUFFED TOMATO RECIPES
A classic of North African cuisine, couscous has a delicate flavor that is easy to combine with different ingredients for each season, with particular reference to vegetables. You can enrich it with legumes, seeds, nuts, spices and herbs in your city. The only limit? Your fantasy.
Read: COUS COUS: 10 EASY RECIPES TO PREPARE
With buckwheat you can make various types of dishes, following for example some vegetarian recipes, vegan or gluten-free. Here is a collection of recipes with buckwheat that can be very useful for you to experiment with new dishes in the kitchen.
Read: BUCKWHEAT: 10 EASY RECIPES TO TRY
SECOND COURSES, AUGUST MENU
Secondly, the seitan lends itself perfectly to the preparation of excellent skewers, to be cooked on the grill. Slice the seitan into cubes and alternate it with tofu and seasonal vegetables, as well as mushrooms and olives.
Read: DIY SEITAN: THE COMPLETE PROCEDURE TO PREPARE IT
"Omelette ”with zucchini without eggs
If you don't want to use eggs because your guests don't eat them, or if you just want to surprise them with a different dish, try this variant of an omelette with zucchini, but without eggs. You will not regret it.
Read: VEGAN FRITTATA WITH ZUCCHINI
To satisfy everyone's dietary needs, you can prepare crepes in numerous variations, from sweet crepes to savory crepes but also vegan crepes, egg-free and gluten-free crepes.
Read: CREPES: THE ORIGINAL RECIPE AND 20 VARIATIONS
It is very simple to prepare a potato salad in a vegetarian or vegan version at home, to be enriched with seasonal and garden products, such as the classic green beans, but also onions, herbs in your city, fresh fruit and homemade sauces. . Here are many recipes for the mid-August menu.
Read: POTATO SALAD: 10 RECIPES
Zucchini cooked in the sun
The August sun will certainly give you a hand in the preparation of this dish but remember that zucchini prepared in this way greatly reduce their volume. You must therefore expect to buy them in large quantities; in fact, we advise you to buy about 3-4 kilograms and possibly organic or from a trusted farmer. Here's how to prepare them.
Read: COOKED ZUCCHINI IN THE SUN
AUGUST MENU: FRUIT
If you are looking for new ideas for serving fresh fruit you could opt for fruit skewers. Here is a collection of ten recipes for making and serving them.
Read: FRUIT SKEWERS: 10 RECIPES FOR ALL TASTES
Peaches in syrup
If you have a peach tree in your garden, thanks to this recipe you can enjoy them even out of season and, above all, keep them avoiding any waste. But in mid-August you can serve peaches in syrup at the table, a nice fresh dish for the end of the meal.
Read: SYRUPED PEACHES: HOW TO PREPARE THEM AT HOME
Gazpacho is a cold soup made with mostly raw vegetables, but sometimes also cooked, typical of Spain and in particular of Andalusia. Compared to the traditional recipe, based on tomatoes and peppers, there are numerous variations to prepare gazpacho, including that of fruit gazpacho, to be served at the end of a meal as a dessert or as a snack. Here's how to prepare it.
Read: SUMMER FRUIT GAZPACHO
DESSERTS FOR THE AUGUST MENU
Cakes without oven
To prepare a good cake it is not always necessary to bake it in the oven. Especially in summer you can prepare sweets and cakes without cooking and without oven to serve as a snack or dessert. Some cakes without an oven are truly spectacular. You will get fantastic decorations if you make them carefully and so you will amaze your guests with the creativity and taste of an unusual cake.
Read: Raw Food Cakes: 10 No Bake Recipes
A typical dessert of Sicilian cuisine, the “mellone” gelo is quick and easy to prepare. It can be garnished with jasmine, chocolate and cinnamon.
Read: FROST OF MEL (L) ONE
Ice cream without ice cream maker
There are so many ways and recipes to prepare ice cream without an ice cream maker. In fact, small tricks are enough to facilitate preparation, such as freezing fruit already cut into slices before using it as an ingredient to be blended to prepare homemade ice cream.
Read: HOME MADE ICE CREAM: 7 WAYS TO PREPARE IT WITHOUT ICE CREAM AND 5 RECIPES
Lemon, yogurt, banana and more. Indulge yourself with these recipes. You can serve them not only at the end of mid-August lunch but also in the afternoon, as a refreshing snack.
Read: 5 NATURAL HOMEMADE ICE LOLLIES
Chocolate salami is a truly delicious and very fun dessert to prepare. It will appeal to children and beyond. You can follow the original recipe for chocolate salami - also known as sweet salami - or vary it according to your tastes and food choices.
Read: CHOCOLATE SALAMI: THE ORIGINAL RECIPE AND 10 VARIATIONS
And finally, the sorbet. Here's how to prepare it at home with or without an ice cream maker, simply using your own freezer and a blender or kitchen mixer. Choose the recipe you like best and get to work.
SORBET: 5 DO-IT-YOURSELF RECIPES
A rich selection of dishes, from which you can draw for your mid-August menu. But be careful not to overdo it. Even if they are all delicious, choose the ones that you are sure to consume avoiding waste and too many leftovers.
Healthiergang.com editorial team