Of all the desserts you may choose to make, those using seasonal fresh fruits are definitely the most fun — their flavors and colors are at their best, and it’s easy to be creative and get delicious results. Using a variety of different fruits makes for the prettiest presentation, but be sure that whatever fruit you choose is ripe and at its peak. Read more
As a light and refreshing alternative to ice cream, ice pops are a great way to get your fruit (and veggie) fix while still satisfying your sweet-tooth cravings. Though ice pops might typically be on your grocery list, you’ll be surprised to know that they are actually easy to make at home. These fun pops are zesty, fruity and even fudgy, but they’re still healthy enough to keep your summer diet on track.
Honeydew Melon and Cilantro Ice Pops — There’s no question that honeydew melon is the star in Food Network Kitchen’s beautiful green pops (pictured above). But cilantro and lime zest deserve a nod, too, as they help give the pops a bright citrus flavor and great color. By stirring the cilantro into a simple syrup, you’ll get a sweetness throughout without any overpowering herby taste. Add lime zest for visible specks of green and a tangy bite.
Once you taste a freshly made salmon burger, you may never want a frozen, premade patty again — especially when you can make a fresh one with only a handful of ingredients that you likely already have stocked. Whether you use fresh wild Alaskan salmon or frozen fillets, the final results are pretty similar.
As for your bun of choice, it really depends on how hungry you and your guests are, and the type of dietary preferences you are accommodating. It’s easy to offer a few options: 100-percent-whole-grain hamburger buns provide a satisfying main dish, while large iceberg or Bibb lettuce cups serve as a light and refreshing wrap, or you can fold the leaves a few times and tuck them inside the bun — my favorite. If you like your burger loaded with even more toppings, try sliced avocado and pickled banana peppers. Read more
Considering the oppressive heat, beach vacations and last-chance-Summer feelings, August often beckons with a smorgasbord of icy sweets to chill you out both physically and mentally. But don’t just shrug and think, “Well, at least bikini season is almost over.” Your fall wardrobe is lurking just around the corner, with its more restrictive waistlines and non-stretch fabrics. This month, rather than sabotage your season-long dedication to fresh produce and lean grilled mains, opt for these better-for-you — yet totally tempting — frozen treats. Read more
You can make a healthier version of the standard shortcake, and with this recipe you’d never even know it wasn’t the classic recipe! Read more
At this point in the summer, you might be experiencing salad fatigue. But before you abandon your go-to no-cook meal entirely, try a new spin on it. Lettuce-free salads can be a refreshing, crunchy change — and you can dress them and pack them for lunch without any worry about wilting. Unlike their leafy friends, these salads taste even better after a few hours of marinating in vinaigrette. Read more
Smoothies are a breakfast, lunch and snack staple these days (even great for dessert!). They’re perfect for when you need something to go, and they combine nutrient-rich fruits and veggies of all kinds. But a major breakfast bummer is a smoothie destined for social media greatness that turns muddy from the wrong combo of ingredients. We stopped by Liquiteria — the masters of photoworthy smoothies themselves — in New York City to learn how to get the best combos for the prettiest smoothies. They make 4,000 of them a week! Read more
Though the history of the wrap is disputed, one truth remains: The sandwich substitute is often wrongly labeled as a “health food.” While eating a wrap packed with lean protein and veggies definitely provides key nutrients your body needs, the vessel your ingredients are wrapped in may be sabotaging that “healthy” label. One 12-inch whole-wheat tortilla — a standard for a wrap — has 310 calories and more than 50 grams of carbs. One way to take your calorie count into your own hands is to swap that bread — be it a tortilla, rice paper, lavash or pita — for greens. Large leafy greens make a seamless substitute for traditional wraps and are a delicious alternative to bread. Read more
Think the peeps following a vegetarian diet are getting the short end of the stick at the summer get-together? Think again! Here are seven protein-packed recipes that will convince you otherwise. Read more
Chimichurri is a flavorful, tangy herb sauce that originated in Argentina. It’s traditionally served as a condiment for grilled meats, but its punchy flavors are fantastic on just about anything. Since one of the dominant ingredients is red wine vinegar, you can use it as a dressing, making it perfect for a summery salad like this one. Here, the zesty combination of parsley, cilantro, garlic and hot pepper livens up the earthy flavor and texture of wheat berries. The addition of crisp cucumbers, juicy sweet corn kernels and cherry tomatoes creates a refreshing, light meal. If you like, you could choose another large grain in place of the wheat berries, like spelt berries, wild rice or Israeli couscous. Read more