Take 5: Lighter Summer Dinner Recipes

by in Recipes, July 9th, 2017

Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint SauceSummertime means chowing down on hamburgers and pasta salad at cookouts and big bowls of ice cream to beat the heat. It’s all fantastic and delicious until you wake up Monday morning and realize you are actually craving lighter fare that won’t leave you feeling heavy and bloated. Enjoy these five easy-to-make weeknight dinners that won’t wreck your beach bod and, best of all, take less than an hour to get on the table.

P.S. If you’ve already got the grill going, you may as well make your sides on there as well — try grilled veggies, corn on the cob or sweet potato fries to round out your healthy meals.

Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce (pictured above)
No marinade necessary for this delicious chicken, just brush a balsamic-honey mixture over the chicken breasts as you grill. Make it look like you know what you’re doing with a frozen pea-based sauce for serving on the side.

Fish Tacos with Watermelon SalsaFish Tacos with Watermelon Salsa
It’s quick, it’s easy and everyone will love this better-for-you take on the Taco Tuesday classic.

Thai Noodle-Steak SaladThai Noodle-Steak Salad
Mid-week dinners don’t have to be boring. Make a Thai-style cold noodle salad topped with grilled skirt steak for a quick meal that tastes like take-out, but without the extra calories.

Healthy Chipotle Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil PackChipotle Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack
Although the name sounds decadent, this foil pack dinner is only 300 calories per serving. Sealing the ingredients in aluminum foil before grilling keeps the juices in and makes a sauce that is perfect for pouring over rice.

Grilled Pork Steaks with Zucchini CouscousGrilled Pork Steaks with Zucchini Couscous
Bulk up starchy sides like couscous with vegetables to fulfill your carb craving without putting too much on your plate. Pork tenderloin cooks in just a few minutes on the grill when you cut in half and then pound out the meat.

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