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Summer dishes that are easy to make & even easier to eat!

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June 17, 2016

Summer dishes that are easy to make & even easier to eat!

Diving board over clear blue water.

The sun is high in the sky and warm weather is upon us; nobody wants to be trapped in a hot kitchen, but luckily, preparing healthy food for summer meals can be quick and easy. Here are a few recipes to make eating healthy a snap this summer.

Delicious summer seafood appetizer

Skinnytaste’s grilled scallop and orange kebabs with honey ginger glaze.

Seafood is a must for summer meals, and if you need a reason to dust off your grill, this tasty recipe is it. Enjoy the rich flavors of oranges and scallops with a spicy bite of ginger and honey. Don’t care for scallops? Substitute shrimp, and it’s still a winner.

This protein-rich recipe is simple, and after food prep is done it only takes six minutes to cook.

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 large orange or 2 smaller oranges
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • Oil for the grill
  • 12 jumbo sea scallops, about 1 pound
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Double-prong metal skewers

Learn how to make this healthy summer appetizer at Skinnytaste.

Rich and flavorful tomato and mozzarella burgers
Real Simple’s tomato and mozzarella burger.

Nothing beats the rich flavor of roasted tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Quick and simple to prepare, they will soon be filed in your recipe box under “summer food recipes.” A scant 20 minutes is all it takes to make this savory meal for six.

  • 6 large ripe tomatoes
  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1large clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh unsalted mozzarella cheese
  • 2sprigs of fresh basil; only use the leaves.

The full recipe can be found at Real Simple.

Agua de fresa – fresh Mexican strawberry water
Allrecipes’ Mexican Strawberry Water

Summer strawberries are plentiful and delicious, so why not enjoy this refreshing beverage that quenches your thirst on a hot afternoon? Serve it alongside any of the recipes for a fruity, fresh kick.

  • 4 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1lime cut into 8 wedges
  • 8 fresh mint sprigs

Note: This recipe also calls for 1cup of sugar. Substitute the healthier, low-calorie sweetener of your choice.

This healthy summer drink recipe can be found at Allrecipes.

Melons, berries and cheese, oh my

Food & Wine’s melon, berry and feta salad

Salads featuring fresh fruits and berries are the perfect start to any meal, or they can be the main course. The recipe calls for the melons of your choice, so choose your favorites. It also calls for feta cheese, but you could substitute ricotta; both have a full, rich flavor that pairs well with the melons. If you prefer a fresh, minty aroma, choose sprigs of mint over fresh chives. Get creative!

  • 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced preserved lemon peel or lemon zest
  • 1/4teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 green melon
  • 1/2 orange or yellow melon
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2ounces feta cheese, cut into thin slices
  • 2tablespoons chopped chives

The full recipe is at Food & Wine.

Perfect healthy summer food – chocolate/raspberry pops

EatingWell’s chocolate and raspberry popsicles.

Nothing beats the icy goodness of fruity pops… unless you add chocolate to the mix, then it’s out of this world. Pops are easy to prepare and will satisfy any snack attack.

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (you can substitute strawberries for the raspberries if you like)
  • 2 cups nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons sugar (substitute a lower-calorie sweetener if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips

Learn how to make this treat at EatingWell. 

It’s easy to be healthy with flavorful recipes everyone loves. Remember, fresh fruits, vegetables and protein are your best buds. Enjoy these summer-friendly recipes.

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