Summer protein comes in a whole host of healthy forms, without all the saturated fat found in meat and with more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols than some skewered chicken. What’s more, by skipping the grilled meat, you’ll also be minimizing your intake of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chemicals that form when certain foods are cooked at very high temperatures.
Chickpea flour is high in protein, tastes delicious, and is gluten free, making it a hit for summer potlucks! This frittata can be eaten straight from the skillet and is also ideal for a fancy picnic if prepared ahead – just let it cool and cut it into slices to serve with a quinoa or wild rice salad.
- 1 cup of chickpea flour
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Garlic scapes
- To make the frittata, sauté tomatoes, garlic scapes, chard, and mushrooms in a cast iron skillet.
- Mix chickpea flour with water, and add in dried rosemary, salt, and olive oil (use a whisk to ensure there are no lumps of flour).
- Pour the chickpea mixture over the vegetables and cook for two minutes over the heat before transferring the skillet to the oven.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
- Let stand for two minutes, then ease the frittata out of the skillet in slices.
Easy Vegetarian Summer Protein Ideas
Some other excellent options for summer protein include:
Vegetable Skewers With Cubed Tofu
Shallots, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms – the options for vegetable skewers are endless! Simply pick your veggie combo, slide on skewers, add in some firm, cubed tofu, drizzle with your choice of barbecue sauce, and roast away!
Festive, flavorful and full of color, vegetable skewers are a surefire hit at any summer potluck or BBQ!
English Podded Peas
Delicious raw in a salad, or lightly steamed, English podded peas are also fun for the kids to pick and pop!
Cashew and Beetroot Dip
This dip is as simple as throwing some cashews (soaked overnight and drained) and cooked beets into a food processor, blitzing, and then serving with fresh bread, crackers, or pita.
Nothing says summer more than a plate heaped high with fresh falafel, hummus and carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks for dipping!
Sesame Three Bean Salad
Whip up a tasty three bean salad for an easy summer side dish that compliments almost all meals!
Simply combine a handful of kidney beans, pinto beans, and haricot beans into a large bowl. Add in fresh chopped parsley, diced cucumber, peppers, and tomatoes, and drizzle with sesame oil and lemon juice.
Summer is resplendent with wild and organically farmed raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Pick your favorite berry combination, add peanut butter, almond milk, and a scoop of PGX vanilla vegan protein, for a 100% plant-based protein drink that tastes delicious!