With the 4th of July just behind us, it’s safe to say summer is officially in full swing. Whether you have a summer packed with vacations, soccer games, and fun, or are choosing to keep it slow and simple, deciding what to eat all summer long can be tricky.
Luckily, cooking in the summer can be easy, healthy, and exciting with a little bit of preparation and the right recipes up your sleeves. These recipes all use seasonal, fresh ingredients that you can pick up at your local farmers market (maybe using one of our Market Totes as a grocery bag), bring home, and cook up in an hour or less.
Summertime never tasted so good.
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This light and summery pasta recipe uses fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella to create a dish perfect for a picnic or family meal.
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If lighting up the grill is more your style, this easy recipe for grilled salmon kabobs will hit the spot. Grab your favorite veggies (plus pineapple) from the farmers market, along with some fresh salmon, and you’re all set.
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For a vegetarian option, grilled flatbread with fresh asparagus, corn, and mushrooms with a simple pesto sauce underneath is both healthy, light, and perfect for summer grill outs.
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For seafood lovers, these simple shrimp tacos are quick and easy to whip up. Substitute your favorite meat if seafood isn’t your thing and top with fresh pineapple salsa. It’s Summer, in a taco shell.
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And because no summer meal is complete without dessert, this cheesecake pie is layered with in-season fruits and requires no baking. It’s almost too pretty to eat, but we’ll take a bite anyway.