Relaxed meals are a staple of the summer season
There are a lot of reasons why people look forward to summer. Families plan all year on where to go on their summer vacation. Children are excited as school ends, allowing them a few months of relative freedom. Sports fans are ecstatic as the baseball season really hits its stride. Another aspect of summer that often puts a smile on a person’s face is chowing down on some of the foods associated with the season. Fortunately, there are lots of quick and easy recipes for residents of the Grand Meridia in Rahway, New Jersey, to try out.
The 30,131 inhabitants of Rahway, New Jersey, welcome the coming of summer as the rainstorms of spring fade away. (1) The full cornucopia of outdoor activities that the area surrounding the Grand Meridia offers becomes fully available, such as fishing, swimming, playing baseball or soccer, hiking, and bike riding. Children can blow off steam as the school year officially comes to an end on June 20th. (2) However, such activities require nourishment to be fully enjoyed.
Summer sees the more than ten parks located in and around Rahway to be filled with visitors. (3) Some of the amenities offered include baseball fields, tennis courts, hiking trails, swimming pools, picnic areas, and football fields. A popular food item that goes great with outdoor fun is trail mix. The benefits of trail mix is that it is nutritious, filling, and easy to make, which means parents living at the Grand Meridia can have their young children lend a helping hand in making their own. A simple recipe for trail mix includes raw nuts (peanuts, pecans, almonds, etc.), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin), dried fruit (raisins, apricots, cranberries), some chocolate for sweetness (dark chocolate chips are recommended over milk chocolate), and any extras one wishes to add (popcorn, pretzels). (4)
Another great summer recipe is Greek salad, offering cool flavor while the summer heat rages. The basic ingredients for Greek salad are cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, red onions, and black olives. Just combine the ingredients together into a bowl and then gently fold in the feta. The salad is then topped off with dressing that is made by combining vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper together and then slowly adding olive oil. (5)
A popular summertime recipe that those living at the Grand Meridia enjoy is homemade lemonade. Nothing beats the summer heat like a cold glass of lemonade. This beverage is made by squeezing the juice from four lemons, four oranges, and four limes and combining them in a gallon pitcher. Three quarts of water and 1.5 to 2 cups of sugar are then added to the mix. Put the pitcher in the refrigerator to get cold. (6) If one wishes, the lemonade can be garnished with a thin slice of orange, lemon, or lime.
Hadi Abreu of the Grand Meridia says, “I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love summer. One of my favorite things to do is relax by the pool and enjoy some grilled corn-on-the-cob or salmon. Of course, summer is grilling season, which means a lot of hot dogs, sausages, and hamburgers will be cooked over charcoal or propane during gatherings of friends and family. I enjoy watching the ball game on TV while having a hot dog or two as well as homemade caramel corn. For more adventurous masters of the grill, barbecuing chicken, pork, and beef is one way to put a smile on people’s faces as they stuff their guts. Fortunately for those of us living at the Grand Meridia, there are plenty of physical outdoor activities we can enjoy to burn off those excess calories. However, I do like to bring along a small bag of trail mix to keep the hunger pangs away. Making your own trail mix is incredibly easy and allows you to pick the flavors and textures that satisfy you best.” (7)
7) Quote from Hadi Abreu of the Grand Meridia