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Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Samantha Levine

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Sweet Summertime Recipes

Food has always been a way of allowing us to connect with people, and with summer fast approaching, how better to celebrate the season with your friends and family at a backyard barbeque?  Now while the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs will never go out of style, try shaking it up this season with these deliciously healthy summer recipes!

Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blueberry Sauce

greek yogurt
Photo: John Autry

The name pretty much gives it away!  Enjoy this a delicious frozen treat by using frozen berries, and kick of summer with a healthy treat!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries $
  • 2/3 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar $
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice $
  • 1 tablespoon butter $
  • 2 cups plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt $

Preparation

  1. 1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in butter.
  2. 2. Spoon 1/2 cup yogurt into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 1/4 cup sauce. Serve immediately.

Grilled Shrimp “Souvlaki”

grilled shrimp

This delectable Greek dish combines a mix of seafood, veggies, and herbs, for a healthy and tasty lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

Large shrimp, lemons, olive oil, dill, oregano, Greek yogurt, garlic, cucumber, pepper, cherry tomatoes, whole-grain flatbreads, red onion, romaine lettuce

Preparation:

1. Preheat grill.

2. Rinse shrimp, and pat dry. Stir together 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1 tablespoon each dill and oregano in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp, and toss to combine. Marinate, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

3. Stir together 1/4 cup yogurt, half of garlic, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon dill in a serving bowl. With a vegetable peeler, cut cucumbers into lengthwise ribbons, discarding the largely seeded core. Toss cucumber ribbons with yogurt mixture and pepper, to taste.

4. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup yogurt with remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, remaining 1 tablespoon dill, and remaining garlic in a small serving bowl for raita sauce. Season with pepper, to taste.

5. Toss tomatoes and onion with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a bowl. Grill shrimp with tomatoes and onion in a lightly oiled well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or grill pan, turning once, 5 minutes or until shrimp are bright pink and cooked through, tomatoes are softened, and onion is golden brown and tender. Transfer to a plate; cover and keep warm.

6. Grill flatbread until golden brown and slightly crisp. Transfer to 4 serving plates; top evenly with cucumber salad, shrimp, onions, tomatoes, and romaine, if desired. Serve with raita sauce.

Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta

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Ingredients:

Salt

1 pound bow-tie pasta

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, smashed

1 pint cherry tomatoes

3 ears fresh corn, kernels cut off

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces

Preparation:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the corn, raise the heat slightly and cook until the corn is heated through and golden, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
  3. Add the vegetables, butter and basil to the pasta and toss.

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Turkey Burgers with Special Sauce

turkey burgers

Photo: Lee Harrelson

Rather than you regular beef burger, why not try a turkey burger instead? Step it up with Cooking Light’s Special sauce, to give it that extra kick, and bring some variety to your barbeque party.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup Special Sauce
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 4 curly leaf lettuce leaves

Preparation:

  1. Prepare grill.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until done.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons Special Sauce over top half of each bun. Place lettuce leaves on bottom halves of buns; top each with 1 patty and top half of bun. Cut each burger in half.

Special Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

Special Sauce Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover; refrigerate.

 

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Samantha Levine is a freelance writer for Magazine Discount Center. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading in coffee shops.



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