Summer Recipes

Weeknight Meal Planner

There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals planned for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re sharing five fast and simple recipes for the upcoming week. Dinnertime just got a whole lot better!
 

Monday, July 21

 

Pesto Tortellini Salad

 

 
 
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What to Buy at the Farmers’ Market: Cherries

To us, there are a  number of thing that signal the beginning of summer. The smell of the grill, the sound of the Mister Softee ice cream truck, and the sight of beautiful, vibrant cherries. The are the earliest tone fruit to reach harvest and although they are perfect eaten as a snack, we love to add them into sweet and savory dishes all summer long.  While you’re shopping at the farmers’ market this weekend, look for full, glossy cherries with a deep color and green stems. They’ll last in your fridge for 4 to 5 days, which will give you plenty of time to make all of our favorite cherry recipes!

 

Perfect for a dinner party appetizer: Cherry-Mozzarella Crisps

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Use Your Noodle!

No matter the time of year, we love a good pasta dish, but after a long day at the beach, piping hot spaghetti and meatballs doesn’t seem like the thing for dinner. Instead, we’re opting for noodle dishes that can be served hot or cold, coated in a light and flavorful sauce that won’t weigh us down. Just make sure to make a double batch– you’ll definitely want to enjoy these noodle salads for lunch the next day!

 

Soba Noodles with Sesame-Lime Dressing

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Weeknight Meal Planner

There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals planned for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re sharing five fast and simple recipes for the upcoming week. Dinnertime just got a whole lot better!

 

Monday, July 14

Eggplant Sloppy Joes

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What to Make This Weekend: Mixed Berry Lattice Cobbler

A summer dessert that’s just as beautiful to look at as it is to eat? Easy. A beautiful and delicious summer dessert that’s also healthy? Not so much. But have no fear! Our Guilt-Free Summer Fruit Dessert Booklet from our July/August issue is here to save the day. While many of the desserts require just a few ingredients and minutes to put together, this show-stopping dessert is worth a weekend in the kitchen: Mixed Berry Lattice Cobbler.

 

 

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A Slow-Cooker Summer

It’s summer. It’s hot and sticky. We can’t stress it enough: We don’t want to be in the kitchen standing over a hot stove or oven. We also want to be out enjoying the sun, the pool and the beach, and not inside cooking all day. The solution? Dust off those slow-cookers! They’re making their debut in these summer dishes (no stews allowed!):

 

Looking for a casual summer lunch? Try our super-tender Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

 
 

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#Trending Now: Watermelon!

You know it’s officially summer when one of Yahoo‘s trending topics is watermelon. Users are making all kinds of watermelon-related searches, from salad and margarita recipes to nutrition facts and preparation tips. So whether you’re buying a whole 15-lb melon or just a small wedge, here are some ideas that capture the essence of summer:
 

Watermelon Cups with Feta and Mint make an adorable appetizer or party starter

 
 

One way to upgrade your Mini Fruit Kebabs: grill ‘em!

 
 

Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho with Shrimp provides a sweet and fresh twist on this traditional summer soup

 
 

We can’t forget about cocktail time! Our Melon Patch is sweet and refreshing, with a hint of rosemary

 
 
 

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How to Use Sriracha in the Summer

We’ll be the first ones to admit it: We love a spicy meal in the winter mainly because of the heat factor. But how can we achieve that same spicy experience during warmer days? We’re putting our favorite spicy condiment–sriracha–to the test, in search of fabulous summer recipes with a kick.

 

Grill up some chicken to toss on Banh Mi Bites, topped with a creamy sriracha sauce and fresh root veggies.

 
 

Sriracha Honey Butter would be a great addition to grilled corn

 
 

Switch up burger night with Asian-Style Salmon Burger BLTs, complete with “special sauce”

 
 

Got some tomatoes that haven’t ripened yet? Whip up some Fried Green Tomatoes and dip them in sriracha mayo

 
 
 

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Herbs: They’re Not Just For Cooking

As we all face the end of summer, now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all fresh herbs from your garden, local farmer’s market or even your go-to supermarket. Yes, basil makes a killer pesto, and mint is perfect with watermelon and feta, but our leafy green friends make just as big of a flavor statement when paired with vodka, rum, and gin. In honor of More Herbs, Less Salt Day, here are some of our favorite herb-inspired cocktails. Cheers!

Basil

 Grapefruit-Basil Gin Fizz

Basil Gin Lemonade

Peach-Basil Margarita

Mint

Pineapple Mojitos

Watermelon and Mint Cooler

Blackberry Cooler Cocktail


The Not-So-Usual Suspects

Rosemary Ruby Cocktails

Blueberry-Tarragon Sparklers

Thyme’s-Up Cocktails

 

 

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Crazy for Cobblers

When I’m looking for an easy summer dessert, I almost always turn to a cobbler and according to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert, Carolyn Clark, I’m not the only one who’s crazy for these tasty desserts. In the past month, searches have been spiking as people hunt for their perfect peach, blueberry or blackberry cobbler recipe. It’s all with good reason though, as peaches and berries are currently in season.

 

So what exactly is a cobbler? A cobbler is a baked fruit dessert topped with a batter or a biscuit crust. As the topping is often dropped or spooned in small clumps the crust appears “cobbled” (think cobblestone street) instead of smooth, hence the name cobbler. Pretty cool, eh? (I had a bit of a glass-shattering moment when I finally made that connection!) Take advantage of summer’s bountiful produce with these easy cobbler desserts today.

 

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Grilled Summer Cobbler

Grilled Summer Cobbler

This peaches and berries dessert bakes up right on the grill and is best when paired with vanilla or bourbon ice cream. To make an easy “oven,” simply cover your cast-iron skillet tightly with aluminum foil.

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