8 Healthy Summer Recipes

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Salmon BurgersIt’s summertime! The sun is bright and the events are plentiful. You may want to have an event, but don’t want to expand your waistline. No worries! Here are a few healthy choice options: Salmon Burgers Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing, Grilled Chicken Breasts with Spicy Peach Glaze, Grilled Peaches, Angel Food Cake with Berries and Peach and Blueberry Cobbler. These recipes will leave your guests wanting more! The recipes are listed below:

Salmon Burgers from Cooking Light

These quick and easy salmon burgers are a great healthy gourmet meal. Served on toasted focaccia bread and you’ll have a winner! You’ll need the following ingredients: A red onion, finely chopped, 1/4 fresh basil (thinly sliced), 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 salmon fillet, skinned and chopped (preferably 1 pound), 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 1 egg white, cooking spray and 8 slices of toasted focaccia bread.

Your preparation is simple: Combine the onion, basil, pepper salt and salmon. Mix the hot sauce and egg white in a bowl, then add it to the salmon mix. Divide the mix into 4 portions, shaping each into 1/2 inch patties. Heat a skillet over medium heat, making sure to spray the pan. Cook the patties for 3 minutes on each side and serve with toasted bread.

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing – Cooking Light

If you’re in the mood for a salad, you’re in luck! This salad will leave you with a tasty, fruity experience! Here are the ingredients: 3 tablespoons of sugar and light mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of fat-free milk and toasted slivered almonds, and 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds, white wine vinegar, sliced strawberries and a 10 pound bag of romaine lettuce.

Preparation: Take a whisk and stir in the sugar, mayonnaise, fat-free milk, poppy seeds and white wine. Wash and place the lettuce in a bowl, tossing in the strawberries and almonds. Distribute and use mixture as salad dressing.

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Spicy Peach Glaze – Food Network

Ingredients for Glaze: 2 cups of peach preserves or jam, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 small chopped jalapeno, salt, pepper, 4 ripe peaches, split and pitted, and 8 Frenched chicken breasts.

To prepare, combine everything into a medium bowl. Use salt and pepper at your taste level. Put 1/2 cup to the side. Preheat your grill, brushing the chicken with olive oil. You can season with salt and pepper or opt out. Cook the chicken for 6-7 minutes skin down until golden. Turn and cook for 5-6 more minutes. Brush with glaze and cook 4-5 more minutes. Grill the peach halves meaty side down for 2 minutes. Turn and brush with side cup of glaze, grill 3-4 more minutes until soft.

Cucumber Lemonade Chiller – Eating Well

One of the healthiest drinks around, you’ll need the following: 3 cucumbers, 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, 4 regular sprigs of rosemary, 1 cup of water, 3/4 cup of gin, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons agave syrup (optional).

Cut 12 slices of the cucumber, thin. Peel and chop the remainder, add to food processor. Mix in rosemary and puree. Strain the puree over bowl. Mush solids for juice extract. Add the wter, gin, lemon juice and syrup to the juice mixture, stirring until the syrup dissolves. Should serve 4 over ice. Use rosemary and cucumber slices for garnish.

Raspberry Spritzer –Eating Well

An easy, refreshing drink for any time of the day! You’ll need 2 cups of seltzer and fresh mint, 2/3 cup of frozen raspberries, 3 ounces of Chambord or syrup (raspberry-flavor), and ice.

Blend the raspberries, mint and syrup into a pitcher. Serve with ice.

Grilled Peaches – Food Network

You’ll need 1 teaspon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and brown sugar, 1 or 2 pints of vanilla frozen yogurt, sliced almonds (toasted), and 4 ripe medium-sized peaches.

Halve the peaches and pit. Halve the halves and mix with vanilla and almond extracts, and brown sugar. Let sit for 15 minutes. Preheat grill on medium heat. Grill peaches meaty side down until lightly charred. Flip and repeat grilling on all sides. Serves 4 with frozen yogurt and almonds.

Angel Food Cake and Berries – Food Network

This recipe needs 2 cups frozen strawberries, defrosted and sugar. 1/2 pint berries (black or raspberry), 1 angel food cake and 1 container whipped cream

Mix the defrosted strawberries with the fresh berries. Cover thick slices of the cake, with berry mixture and whipped cream.

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler – Eating Well

To make this healthy cobbler, you will need 3 tablespoons unsalted butter and canola oil, 1 cup whole wheat flour reduced-fat milk and vanilla extract, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and sugar, 3 ripe pitted peaches in eighths or frozen (3 1/2 cups) and 1 pint of blueberries (fresh or frozen).

The oven should be preheated to 350 degrees. Use a 12-inch cast iron skillet or 9×13 baking pan. Melt butter for 5-7 minutes. Blend the flour, salt and baking power into a large bowl, stirring in the sugar, milk and vanilla. Add the melted butter to the mixture. Stir, and pour into the pan, spooning the berries and peaches over the batter. Bake 1 hour in oven until top is brown and batter is set. Cool for 15 minutes on rack and serve whle warm.

These recipes will be a hit at your gathering. You’ll have a ball and stay healthy at the same time. Happy eating!