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Your Favorite Lite Summer Foods/ Recipes

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cachoo, May 3, 2011.

  1. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    I'm not necessarily looking for only "so many" calories in a dish: My question is do you have a recipe for a dish that is low calorie OR has been "slimmed" down that you use regularly? Or is there something on the market you buy that you find tasty AND healthy? I eat meat though I have made more of an effort to use other proteins. And I know I need to eat more fruit and even more vegies (good about fruit...so-so with vegies.) I really want to enjoy the summer bounty without adding weight. Thanks for any ideas.
  2. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    I have an easy shrimp salad recipe. You need cooked cut up shrimp, chopped celery, diced green pepper, grapefruit sections (I prefer white grapefruit but will use whatever is in the store), and lemon juice. No proportions really, just whatever amounts you want of everything and then the lemon juice to taste. If you want to be fancy, you can really clean out the grapefruit shells and mound the salad back in to serve as a pretty luncheon dish.

    There is good protein from the shrimp, lots of fiber and vitamins and minerals from everything else and no fatty mayo. Works for me.
  3. pingu

    pingu Well-Known Member

    I love eating bresaola with parmigiano (with olive oil and lots of lemon juice on it). You prepare it in 30 seconds, it's delicious and low calorie
  4. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    One of my favorite summer recipes is a salad that includes grilled chicken, cranberries, sliced pears and feta cheese on a bed of mixed greens.
  5. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

  6. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    My three summer faves are quinoa salad, yam salad, and watermelon salad.

    For quinoa salad, the base is chilled cooked quinoa, and then I'll use either Italian/Greek seasonings or Moroccan. For Italian/Greek, add chopped cuke, tomato, chick peas, red peppers, green onion, just a little crumbled feta, and an oil & vinegar dressing with lots of pepper and oregano. For Moraccan, add chickpeas, raisins, slivered almonds, tomato, lemon zest, parsley, mint, and some cumin & cinnamon in the dressing. Cubed cooked eggplant is a nice addition to either version. Quinoa is a superfood in my view: filling, high in fibre and protein, low in calories, and oh so versatile.

    For yam salad: cubes of yam, cooked and cooled (grilled is esp. nice), tossed with caramalized onions, sundried tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese, toasted almonds or pine nuts, basil, pepper, and oil & balsamic.

    Watermelon salad isn't quite as filling, you'll want something to go with it to make it a meal. Cubes of watermelon, fresh mint, white balsamic vinegar (you can use black balsamic but the white looks nicer), and toasted walnuts. The "original" recipe has crumbled feta too which of adds protein, but I don't find it necessary -- and of course it also adds fat and salt.
  7. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

  8. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    I'm not a grapefruit fan, but I'll bet this would be good with mandarins, too. I just saw salad shrimp on sale and was debating whether to get some. I think I'll try this recipe.

    I was really tired last night and wanted something cold for dinner. So, I put some small mozzarella balls (bocconcini) in a bowl with cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and black olives. You just have to toss them with a vinagrette. (Or, if you're as lazy as I am, just use marinated artichoke hearts -- TJ's has them cheap).

    Strawberries are now in season here. I'm tempted to just have strawberries and yogurt for dinner tonight. But, I still have some of the mozzarella salad left.
  9. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    We had a nice shrimp salad last night. Salad greens, grilled zucchini, snow peas, red pepper and a bunch of other stuff I had on hand, topped with grilled shrimp with cajun seasoning.

    Our other go to dishes are sushi, mozzarella salad, grilled chicken with almost anything, and fruit salads.
  10. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much: I am seeing combinations that never occurred to me and foods I've never tried but I know I can find easily. Honestly I've never had quinoa for example: The Moraccan version is making my mouth water just reading it. And the blueberry vinaigrette (on the chicken salad)--yum. One good thing is we've gone to having our heavier meal at lunch and trying to lighten up for supper.
  11. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    Mandarins - what a good idea; I may try it this way next time. They also would bring some color appeal to the salad and we do eat with our eyes first. I've been thinking of trying red bell pepper instead of green to bring in some color to the salad.
    Last edited: May 4, 2011
  12. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite summer breakfasts is to take whole wheat couscous and cook it in apple juice. Let it cool and then fluff it, and then add raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries (or any combination thereof). Top with a dollop of greek yogurt (sometimes I leave this out), honey, and some fresh mint leaves if you have them. Also good with some orange zest. I'm sure there are lots of different ways you can change this, using different juices, fruits, maybe some nuts. It's delicious, filling, filled with a lot of amazing nutritional whatnots, and totally delicious.
  13. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

    I'm also a fan of the watermelon salad, but I do it a little differently than Artemis. I cut watermelon in to rectangles. Then I slice a thin piece of feta on top of the watermelon and top that with extremely thin slices of red onion and mint. I think swirl a little balsamic vinaigrette on the plate.

    I love Giada de Laurentis's orzo stuff peppers recipe.

    I also like Heidi Swanson's Orzo Salad recipe.

    I shared this one for Saffron Pasta Salad in the vegetarian thread, but it's a great summer recipe;

    I get this Sesame Noodle Salad at Whole Foods. This is the recipe they posted, which is a little different than what I get in the stores. I leave out the cabbage and peas. I love it served cold.
  14. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    Great idea! Red bell peppers are one of my favorite things. I can't eat wheat and often use large strips of bell peppers in place of crackers to eat with goat cheese.

    I also sometimes include roasted red peppers in antipasta salads.
  15. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    In the summer I love to add avocados to my salads. Delicious and a healthy fat plus they are in season right now and much better priced.
  16. Gypsy

    Gypsy Watching the Leaves Change!

    One of our favorites is a Marinated Vegetable Salad
    You cut all of these items very small:
    Fresh Mushrooms
    Green Pepper
    Tomato (remove the seeds)
    Green Onion
    Good Seasons Italian Dressing (can be made low fat if you wish, but does need a some oil to help coat the vegetables)
    I have also used bottled Italian dressing too!
    Marinate overnight (mixing occasionally)
    (We use a Tupperware marinater, so we just have to shake it and turn over)
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
  17. Stefanie

    Stefanie Well-Known Member

    I love to eat caprese pasta salad. :swoon: And I also make a "Summer Stir Fry" with shrimp, zucchini, corn, and grape tomatoes.

    ETA: I also love strawberry-spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette. Both recipes I obtained from our very own Prancer. :)
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
  18. Cupid

    Cupid Well-Known Member

    I love Caprese Salad with fresh beefsteak tomato slices, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil, a splash of balsamic, sprinkled with chopped fresh basil and a bit of salt and pepper. I could make a meal out of that!

    I also do a lot of fresh, green salads topped with fresh chopped fruit such as pineapple, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, etc., whatever looks great at the supermarket/farmer's market and then top that with a piece of grilled chicken breast or fish and drizzled with a homemade dressing or a raspberry vinagrette.

    Favorite pasta dish is fresh cooked linquine topped with chopped fresh pear tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil. Actually, you cook the linquine then immediately after it's drained, you dump the whole think on top of the tomato mixture and it slightly cooks the tomatoes. It's to die for.