healthy summer recipes

Healthy Summer Recipes

Summer is a great time to try out some new recipes—whether it’s at a family get-together, a neighborhood BBQ, or just a picnic with your significant other, there are plenty of opportunities to test out those new meals you’ve been dying to taste.

However, it can also be extra hard to eat healthy in the summer; it seems like every week there’s a new food festival pushing fried, or trans-fat-filled foods that you know are going to do some damage to your waistline.

Below is a list of recipes that taste great and are filled with ingredients that are good for you that you can make this summer.
 

Strawberry Avocado Salad

Ingredients

Dressing:

·       2 tbsp lime juice

·       1 tbsp olive oil

·       1/2 tsp micoplaned fresh ginger

·       1/2 tsp light raw honey

·       zest of one lime

·       salt and pepper to taste

Salad:

·       3 cups chopped strawberries

·       2 large, ripe avocados, depitted, peeled and cut into chunks

·       1/3 cup chopped fresh mint

Instructions
 

Ground Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

·       1 pound ground turkey (I used thigh, but feel free to use breast meat)

·       1 large clove garlic minced

·       1 tablespoon fresh chives chopped

·       1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped finely

·       2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

·       1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used Italian flavored)

·       2 tablespoons mayo

·       Salt & pepper to taste

They go great with traditional hamburger toppings—buns, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, etc., but you can also put on your favorite toppings, as well as get creative and test out new topping combinations you’ve been meaning to try.

Instructions
 

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 2 bell peppers chopped
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 11 oz can of corn kernels drained & rinsed
  • 19 oz canned black beans drained & rinsed

Citrus-Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • zest from 1 lime
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:
 

Chili Chicken Burger Bowls with Avocado Pesto

Ingredients:

Patties:

  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup each: minced red onion and chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Avocado Pesto:

  • 1/2 cup each: basil leaves and parsley, packed
  • 1/4 cup each pine nuts and olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and pitted

The Bowl:

  • A few handfuls of lettuce for each bowl
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • A sprinkle of pine nuts (or your favorite nut)
  • Sweet potato fries

Instructions:
 

Summer Buddha Bowls with Turmeric Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cobs of Corn
  • 2 cups cooked multi-coloured quinoa
  • 2 cups Arugula
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup sunflower sprouts

Dressing/Tofu marinade

  • 1 package extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

Turmeric Chickpeas

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions: