Creating tasty summer meals does not mean spending hours standing over a hot stove. In fact, you can make healthy meals that require little to no cooking and get the nutrients you need to feel great and stay healthy. If you enjoy surfing the web, you can find tons of healthy recipes and tips to help you eat well during the summer. Make the most of your food dollars by finding summer recipes that use fresh seasonal ingredients.
Toss a Salad
If the term salad makes you think of iceberg lettuce and bottled dressing, think again. Salads don’t need to be boring. You can combine vegetables, fruits, nuts, and protein foods to make a salad that will fill you up, but not out. Start with a bowl of fresh greens such as spinach, romaine lettuce or a spring mix. Add cherry tomatoes cut in half, chopped avocado, dried cranberries, chopped scallions and sliced boiled egg, and you have a one dish meal suitable for lunch or a light supper. This salad has vegetables, a touch of sweetness from the cranberries, protein from the egg and healthy fat from the avocado.
Make your own dressing by combining two tablespoons of olive or canola oil, one tablespoon of vinegar, and one teaspoon of honey. Place these ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake well. Drizzle the dressing over your salad and you have a dish that a chef would envy.
You can also create a simple salad by combining apples or strawberries with chopped baby spinach. Add bite size pieces of leftover, cooked chicken and finish with a few chopped pecans or walnuts. Dress with a simple vinaigrette and enjoy. As an alternative to strawberries in this salad, you could use chopped apples or peeled and sliced peaches.
These are just a couple of simple summer recipes that will help you eat well while staying cool. Try them and they may become your favorites!