Light Summer Dinner Recipes
It’s time to soak in the final days of summer. These long days are filled with outdoor activities that offer you the chance to take in every bit of nice weather. Farmer’s markets are an especially popular weekend activity during the summer months, offering you the chance to pick out the best seasonal produce.
Many popular warm-weather foods are nutritionally dense, meaning they’re packed full of the vitamins and nutrients you need to remain healthy. We at Springpoint have pulled together this list of healthy, tasty dinner recipes highlighting summertime ingredients.
Easy and Healthy Summer Dinner Recipe Ideas
Pan-Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa: This 20-minute recipe offers a balanced, healthy meal while giving you the time you need to spend with loved ones. Juicy peaches featured in the salsa are particularly ripe and flavorful during summer months and are a great source of vitamin C, which helps build connective tissue and strengthens the immune system.
Baked Flounder with Fresh Lemon Pepper: Baked fish is an easy, quick and light meal perfect for weeknights. Flounder especially is a prime source of amino acids and omega 3, making it a high-quality protein choice. Paired perfectly with fresh lemon pepper, this meal is sure to delight.
Lasagna Stuffed Zucchini: Lasagna lovers rejoice – zucchini is in season during the summer months, and it can be used as the base for a great low-carb lasagna, especially since zucchini is a good source of fiber and minerals. Combined with tomato sauce and light mozzarella cheese, this is a great addition to your arsenal of comfort food recipes.
Chicken Pasta Salad: For a twist on a summertime staple, adding chicken transforms a side dish into a complete meal. Tomatoes in this dish are freshest during the summer months and are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
Fresh Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa: This quick entrée is packed with seasonal produce. Corn, yellow squash and tomatoes make this vegetarian corn cake dish, offering nutrient-rich ingredients bursting with flavor. For an increase in protein, make an herby white bean and arugula salad as a side dish.
Stuffed Peppers: This healthy recipe from the American Heart Association is a lighter version of the traditional stuffed pepper that still offers delicious flavor. Bell peppers are in season during warm, summer months and are loaded with vitamins and minerals. In fact, one medium-sized red bell pepper provides 169 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C – that’s more than you’ll find in an orange.
Find Healthy Summer Foods and More at Springpoint Communities
Our commitment to health and quality is far-reaching and is especially apparent in our dining options. The dining team at Springpoint ensures each meal is a tasty experience featuring seasonal, nutritionally beneficial ingredients. We’d love for you to see for yourself and join us for a meal – contact us today to schedule your personal tour.