Healthy Summer Recipes

Photo from Flickr by Steven Depolo

Photo from Flickr by Steven Depolo

Healthy Summer Recipes

It’s never too early to start planning the menu for your Fourth of July festivities.

Instead of going for the traditional cookout faire of hot dogs, hamburgers, and strawberry shortcake  – not exactly the definition of healthy eating – we’ve rounded up some healthier options to try.

The Main Course

Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce

Healthy doesn’t have to mean flavor-free … or grill-free for that matter. You can still fire up the grill, but instead of hot dogs and kielbasa, try this chicken recipe from the Food Network and Bobby Flay. For those skeptical of the sauce, keep in mind that the recipe calls for not only peas, mint and cilantro … but jalapenos as well.

Turkey Burgers

Who says turkey burgers have to be boring? Another recipe from Bobby Flay, these turkey burgers call for goat cheese, a homemade lemon-honey mustard sauce and watercress. Classy.

The Salads

It’s one of the great picnic debates of all time: Macaroni salad or potato salad? Here are healthier options for both to please all of your guests.

American Macaroni Salad

It’s got all the key ingredients to a good macaroni salad – celery, onion and parsley.The key to this recipe? Only a half cup of mayonnaise. Instead, it relies on the lighter sour cream.That’s what makes it lighter than most salads – and better for you.

Potato-Egg Salad

It’s definitely not your traditional potato salad, covered in heavy mayonnaise. This recipe relies on the simple, calling for boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, drizzled in white wine vinegar and olive oil and topped with chives and red peppers.

The Vegetables

Roasted Corn with Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette

While this recipe calls for roasting the corn, it very easily could be grilled prior to your guests’ arrival and then cut off the cob. Another advantage to this dish? It can be served either hot or cold. Your choice, intentionally or not!

Tropical Cucumber Salad

Here’s a twist on the traditional fruit salad. Combine cucumbers, mangoes and avocadoes into a salad with a dressing that’s both salty and sweet. It’s a light and refreshing side dish.

The Dessert

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

It’s a great taste of summer … and with only 8 grams of fat per serving, it’s significantly lighter than a traditional cobbler. Add some vanilla frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream, and you’ll be all set.

Are you hungry yet? If those menu options aren’t quite up your alley, there are plenty more to choose from. Check out these resources for healthy summer meal options:

The Food Network

Eating Well

The Cooking Channel

What are you cooking?

What’s your favorite Summer recipe? Leave us a link or paste the recipe in the comments below to share with us. Thanks!

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