Quick and Healthy Eats

Summer dinners

This isn’t a recipe as much as it’s just an example of some quick and healthy dinner options that lend themselves to the lackadaisical, laid back feeling of summer evenings with easy, satisfying flavors.

Chicken tenders are a staple in our house. We make them a couple of pounds at a time, eat them with everything for a few days, and then make some more. Just heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, add minced onion flakes, let them brown slightly, then add the chicken and cover. Cook for 4-6 minutes each side, depending on the quantity and thickness of the chicken tenders.

Corn on the cob is a summer must! It costs about .25 per cob, my 3 year old has all the fun taking off the leaves and corn silk, it takes 4 minutes to boil it, and even the baby loves to gnaw on a corn cob! No further explanation needed!

Fruit! Apples, bananas, all the berries, oranges, kiwis, peaches, watermelon, and more. Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the natural sweetness of fruit! Mix it together as a fruit salad or just grab a piece as an afternoon snack. Fruit is the perfect summertime treat!

Cucumber and tomato salad is another summer favorite of ours. Tip: I’ve also been adding chopped bell peppers and black olives lately! Super yum! For the dressing, mix Greek yogurt with dill pickle juice and dried dill. Ridiculously simple and incredibly delicious.

Squash and zucchini “fries” go so quickly around here that between my three guys (yes, both the baby and my 3 year old scarf these down as fast as I can make them!) I sometimes don’t even get a serving! Wash and slice yellow squash and zucchini, toss with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and pepper to taste. We cook them on our griddle until they’re browned on both sides but you could use a large pan on the stove top as well!

“Fry” broccoli (not pictured here) is another delectable way to get some extra veggies on your plate! Chop broccoli, toss with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and pepper to taste, add in some colorful bell pepper strips and bake everything at 425 for 20 min. This is another favorite that my kiddos, (yes! my 3 year old and the baby, too!) literally can’t get enough of!

Asparagus is our other favorite green vegetable! (Not pictured) Wash and chop off 2-3 inches of the ends. Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat and toss in the asparagus with lemon juice and black pepper to taste, sautéing for 4-6 minutes depending on how soft you prefer your asparagus!

Mix and match any of the above for a quick, healthy, delicious, summertime meal! This is pretty much the way at least one meal a day happens in my house. We check what we have on hand for protein, veggie, and fruit options, and voila! Dinner! What are your favorite summer eats? Share your quick and healthy summertime meals in the comments!

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