Light, Easy Summer Recipes

Light, Easy Summer Recipes

Summer is my favorite season for cooking—the produce is fresh and local, the drinks are cold andtemperatures are perfect for al fresco dining. In the spirit of the season, I've rounded up my go-to Summer recipes that I like to rotate throughout the week or bring to a family gathering. They're light on calories and the bad stuff (like dairy and gluten), but big on flavor:

1. Moroccan Spiced Hummus

I love the flavors of this bold dip and spread. It's perfect with tortilla chips or as a spread on wraps and sandwiches. It's easy, fresh and takes minimal prep time.

2. Roasted Cauliflower Bowl

I'm really into the concept of bowls right now, considering how easy it is to use up all of the leftovers I pick up from the farmer's market and throw them all into one tasty, filling bowl of goodness. This recipe features some of my favorites, like cauliflower, chickpeas and lemon dijon dressing.

3. Paloma

My favorite Summer drink! A Paloma is a classier twist on a margarita, pairing silver tequila with bubbly grapefruit soda and lime. Make a pitcher of these for your next dinner party or barbecue and it's sure to be a hit.

4. Queso Stuffed Poblanos

I absolutely adore stuffed peppers, but my favorite would be hands down be poblano. I like to stuff mine with quinoa, sweet potato and chickpea for a vegetarian take. I'll also make a batch with chicken, feta and tomato for a Greek spin. It's fun to experiment with different fillings, as you can't really go wrong. Try this Mexican-inspired version as a healthy alternative on taco night.

5. Yogurt with Cherry Compote and Pistachio

This flavor combination is so unique, but extremely satisfying. I love the tartness of the cherries paired with the salty crunch of pistachio. I like to use an almond milk-based yogurt, like Kite Hill, for a non-dairy base. This would also taste great with coconut milk ice cream.

What are your go-to Summer recipes?

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