We can all agree that watermelon deserves a place in the fruit salad bowl. But have you ever considered it a possible ingredient in salsa, soup or sangria? If not, now’s the time to start experimenting, as the sweet, crisp fruit is at its peak of seasonal freshness. Make your next summer menu pretty in pink with these good-for-you recipes featuring summer’s quintessential melon.
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I can’t seem to decide if it’s the irresistible flavors of these pea-based dips that I like the best, or if it’s their sheer simplicity. The truth is I have been relying on these kinds of quick pea dips for years. Read more
Pasta salad is a classic summer dish, guaranteed to make an appearance at potlucks, picnics and barbecues. Why is this dish so popular? Because most pasta salad recipes involve very little prep work besides cooking the noodles, especially when store-bought pesto, mayo or dressings get involved. And since they can be served cold or at room temperature, pasta salads don’t need to be reheated — a major win for hot days. Read more
There’s nothing like a fresh batch of pesto to imbue pasta, meats and steamed vegetables with bright, herbaceous flavor. Most people are familiar with the classic pesto, a pureed mix of basil, pine nuts, crushed garlic and cheese (usually Parmesan) moistened with a splash of olive oil. But these ingredients, though delicious, can be pricey and difficult to find. The good news is, there are other ways to prepare this zesty sauce from scratch, in less time and with less money spent at the store. If it’s green and a vegetable, chances are you can turn it into pesto. So if your potted basil didn’t fare as well as you’d hoped this summer, never fear: Broccoli, arugula and other greens make great substitutes. Here are five easy takes on the classic pesto to invigorate your favorite summer dishes.
What is it about eating food off of a stick that makes it so much fun? These sweet and savory lunchbox kebabs are sure to be a hit with your kiddos, plus they’re nourishing and easy to make. The savory version pairs chicken, summer sweet cherry tomatoes, black olives and mozzarella cheese with a creamy Greek Yogurt Pesto Dipping Sauce. The sweet version takes on a tropical twist with fresh mango and pineapple, plus an Orange Maple Coconut Dipping Sauce. Pack ‘em together in a lunchbox for a kid-friendly, healthy and nutritious meal! Read more
Picnic spreads are often chock-full of belly-busting dishes. Be the star of the potluck with these flavorful and sensible options — each has less than 250 calories per serving. Read more
Stuffed mushrooms can be much more than bite-size hors d’oeuvres at cocktail parties — they can also be a delicious entree. Portobello mushrooms stuffed with shrimp are a fat-free, protein-packed seafood dinner option containing potassium, iron and zinc. Read more
We love cherry season. These crimson orbs are a treat on their own, or you can add them to dishes at any meal. In addition to being sweet and juicy (or tart and mouthwatering, depending on the variety), cherries have a lot of health benefits as well. They’re rich in heart-healthy anthocyanins and potassium, plus sleep-promoting melatonin. Read more
When the weather heats up and your base kitchen temperature gets too hot for turning on the oven, it’s time for no-bake sweets. You can have your dessert without turning on the heat or reach for the closest tub of indulgent ice cream. These no-oven-needed treats will carry you through until cooler weather arrives. Read more
Why not trade in the average cookie crust for a healthy, nut-based crust? It’s perfect for summer pies, especially these paleo-friendly, no-bake minis. We’ve filled them with a dollop of foolproof lemon curd and topped them with berries, but you can mix and match your favorite seasonal fruit (like peaches, apricots or cherries) and fillings (think jarred fruit spreads, dulce de leche or chocolate-hazelnut spread). Read more