Tasty Recipes to Welcome Summer

Tasty Recipes to Welcome Summer

One reason we look forward to the arrival of summer is the delicious foods we love to eat! From seasonal produce to all-time favorites on the grill, there are so many tasty options.  We believe it’s how you live that matters and strive to enjoy foods that promote wellness. Check out our top three healthy and tasty recipes to welcome summer:

Chicken Kebabs with Creamy Pesto
Serves 4
20 minutes total time

2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 (1-inch) pieces yellow bell pepper
8 cherry tomatoes
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small red onion, cut into 8 wedges
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon commercial pesto

Preheat broiler. Combine rind, 1 tablespoon juice, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper. Toss this dressing with bell pepper, tomatoes, chicken, and onion. Thread vegetables and chicken onto 4 (12-inch) skewers then place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 12 minutes or until chicken is done, turning occasionally. Combine 1 teaspoon juice, yogurt, sour cream, and pesto and serve with kebabs. Get the full recipe here.

Zucchini and Sausage Pizza
Serves 4
20 minutes total time, 5 minutes prep time

3 ounces ground mild Italian turkey sausage
1 cup thinly sliced zucchini
1/4 cup refrigerated basil pesto, divided
1 (12-oz.) pkg. of 3 (7-inch) prebaked pizza crusts
3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, very thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves

Preheat oven to 450°F. In a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage until browned through then transfer to a plate. Add zucchini and 1 tablespoon pesto to the skillet; cook, stirring often, about 3 minutes then remove from heat. Place pizza crusts on a baking sheet and spread remaining 3 tablespoons pesto evenly over crusts. Top evenly with zucchini, sausage, mozzarella, and red pepper. Bake at 450°F until crusts are crisped on edges and cheese is melted, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil. Get the full recipe here.

Watermelon Salad
Serves 6

1 baby watermelon (about 3 lb.)
1/2 cup fresh mint
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
12 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon pure honey
Kosher salt and black pepper
Crumbled feta

Cut watermelon into 1 1/2-inch-thick triangles and arrange on a platter. Top with fresh mint, red onion, cherry or grape tomatoes. Combine olive oil, fresh lime juice, pure honey, and kosher salt and black pepper in a bowl and spoon over other ingredients. Top with crumbled feta.

We hope you try these tasty recipes as you welcome friends and loved ones! We would also love to hear what dishes you love to cook during the season.  Share your favorite summer recipes on our Facebook page or if you need more cooking inspiration, check us out on Pinterest for additional ideas.