Yesterday, I seriously realized it was June. After traveling and getting ready for new summer wellness classes, the end of May was almost nonexistent. So, here we are with schools vacating, beach goers dusting off their sunscreen and me figuring out what day it is. I know there are more of you out there with the same condition.
I absolutely love this time of year despite my absentmindedness. To help press into the sunny season, here are a few of my favorite, simple recipes to use summer fresh produce at any meal.
Simple Salsa – Seriously, who doesn’t love fresh garden salsa? Dip with corn tortilla chips or fresh veggies like thick cucumber slices. (I’m not a green thumb, so Farmer’s Markets and grocery store produce sections are my “garden”.)
Farmer’s Market Veggie Bowl with Fresh Basil – Use up tons of veggies and whatever you can find in this tasty bowl. Please don’t skip the hummus, it’s delicious. A drizzle of pesto would be scrumptious as well, but the hummus is so creamy. I use it as a topping like you would sour cream.
Summer Quinoa Salad – Quinoa salad is a wonderful hot weather dish. Make ahead and refrigerate to munch on for a few or add to a backyard BBQ.
Roasted Portabella Veggie Mushroom Stacks – Grilling and roasting vegetables, in my opinion, is the tastiest way to prepare fresh produce. And, why not stack them on top of a roasted portabella? Amazing meatless meal or side dish with grilled chicken or steak.
Fresh Gazpacho– Liven up your appetizers with a vibrant cold soup. I’m less sophisticated and scoop mine up with organic blue corn tortilla chips, but a spoon will work too (especially if enjoying in a crisp white shirt).
Crispy Asian Snow Peas – I’ve done a green bean version of this recipe but love crunchy snow peas when available. Super easy side or appetizer.
Chili Rubbed Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa – A fun poolside lunch or patio dinner. Pineapple salsa is a tropical, sweet topping for fish or chicken.
Summer Berry Chicken & Pecan Salad – Antioxidant rich fresh berries with grilled chicken and pecans is a wonderful combination, a must try recipe you’ll make several times this season.
Blueberry Muffins – Simple, delicious and gluten free. Make ahead and freeze for long car trips or summer visitors.
Energy Bites – Fuel up after working in the yard, hiking or swimming in the pool. An effortless grab-and-go snack.
It’s June! Another month and opportunity to stay healthy and fit. Here is a pool workout from Fitbie.com, for those wanting to mix up their exercise routine.