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Best Summer Dinner Recipes

Best Summer Dinner Recipes

Summer Dinner Shopping Tips

Buy green leafy vegetables like arugula, watercress, and collards – they are good sources of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Summer Dinner Cooking Tips

To save time and effort, cook enough food for a week's worth of meals.


8 Make-Ahead Summer Dinners That Will Satisfy All Your Cravings

There are four small kids at my table every night. And at the end of a busy summer day, nothing hits the spot like a dinner that’s already made. These are the time- (and sanity-) saving hits we rely on all summer long.

There are two ways to prep this one ahead of time: Cut down on cooking time by marinating the chicken and chopping the veggies in advance, or take it a step further by assembling all the ingredients on a sheet pan before covering with foil and refrigerating until you’re ready to roast.

Slice all the ingredients, layering everything on a large baking sheet, and simply cover with plastic wrap. Your instant dinner will move from the fridge to the oven to the table with only the effort it takes to put your hand inside an oven mitt.

All the rich and smoky flavors of gooey enchiladas with a lighter, veggies-only spin! Serve as is or alongside a stack of warm tortillas.

Full of mushrooms, beans, tomatoes and corn, this lighter version of chili, featured in Food Network Magazine, works perfectly for warm evenings ahead.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The Pioneer Woman’s make-ahead pasta salad, already brimming with grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese and the fun-shaped pasta of your choice, becomes an entree when you add juicy bites of rotisserie chicken.

All you need is hot water to produce the light and fluffy couscous base for this otherwise no-cook dinner my kids love. Got eaters who are picky? Serve their toppings (shrimp, feta and cucumbers) on the side. #easypeasy

The key to serving Ina Garten’s perfectly lemony pasta in a flash is making the whole thing ahead of time and storing it in a stovetop-friendly pan. (I like to use the pasta pot I boiled the water in.) Pop it from the fridge to a warm burner set on low for a perfect summer meal in minutes.

I have a friend who routinely makes this for families with new babies, including mine! That’s how make-ahead friendly this calzone, featured in Food Network Magazine, really is. Just assemble the whole thing, then wrap it in plastic to tuck away in your fridge until it’s time to pop it in the oven.


10 Creative New Dinners to Try This Summer

From healthier sliders to pizza, these dinner recipes are creative, refreshing, and anything but boring.

This tropical dish &mdash complete with a flavorful avocado-mango salsa and coconut rice &mdash is the light and refreshing summer meal you've been waiting all year for.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

You've never tried flatbread like this. The next time you're craving pizza, the balsamic-infused peaches and arugula pesto in this grilled version will make your mouth water.

Get the recipe at Foodie Crush.

What's summer without summer rolls? Full of rainbow-colored raw veggies, these rolls taste great dipped in a homemade peanut sauce.

Get the recipe at Pinch of Yum.

This zesty 30-minute meal &mdash topped with a creamy avocado salsa &mdash puts an interesting twist on Latin cuisine.

Get the recipe at Joyful Healthy Eats.

These aren't your typical sliders. The mini veggie burgers &mdash made with crispy tofu &mdash are the perfect combination of savory, sweet, and spicy.

Get the recipe at The Stingy Vegan.

Get your lasagna fix in a much healthier way with this vegan option. Using tofu ricotta instead of cheese and zucchini noodles instead of pasta, it's just as tasty as the real thing.

Get the recipe at Emilie Eats.

You can't go through summer without making some kebabs. This veggie-packed version is nice and sweet thanks to juicy pineapple.

Get the recipe at Cookie + Kate.

A plant-based steak for a fraction of the calories? It sounds too good to be true. These marinated portobello steaks are easy, delicious, and guilt-free.

Get the recipe at Minimalist Baker.

This easy sauce &mdash packed with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach &mdash is melt-in-your-mouth good.

Get the recipe at Cafe Delites.

There's a whole lot of goodness packed into these tacos. Between the seasoned sweet potatoes and the tasty pico de gallo, they'll definitely be a hit.


7 Warm-Weather Casseroles We Love

Our Mexican-inspired meals don't often feature too many green vegetables (aside from guacamole and chilies). The exception: this tortilla casserole. It includes a half-pound—roughly two big bunches—of fresh spinach, so it's packed with nutrition and vibrant color. There are also tomatoes and mozzarella, and if you've got leftover chicken, this is a terrific use for it (you only need a cup, about the equivalent of two breasts). Corn tortillas hold the ingredients together nicely, making the casserole easy to cut and serve.

Photo: Joe Keller/Keller + Keller

A cast-iron skillet is the secret to turning a pound and a half of grape tomatoes into a pasta sauce with a deep, pleasantly charred taste that takes this baked ziti to a new level. And unlike most baked pastas, the ziti cooks right in the sauce, so you don't need an extra pot. Just add mozzarella and Parmesan, and slide the skillet under the broiler for five minutes, until the cheeses are browned and bubbling.

Noodles, potatoes and rice are often the carb-y stars (or co-stars) in a casserole, but this simple bake relies on superseed quinoa, so it tastes a bit lighter—perfect for summer. You cook the quinoa in vegetable broth to give the seeds rich flavor, and the dish gets a woodsy, earthy note from roasted butternut squash and mushrooms. Dark green kale brings even more nutrition and a burst of color.


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


The trick to this citrusy stir-fry is to get your pan roaring hot before adding the ingredients.

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Mashed White Bean-Pesto Tartines

Mix up your usual avocado toast habit with this new savory toast recipe. It's topped with a homemade bean-based pesto, fresh herbs, and tangy cheese and might just give your avo toast a run for its money. With 13 grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein, this toast is sure to satisfy you during dinnertime.

Ingredients: Cannellini beans, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pistachios, parsley, mint, olive oil, sprouted-grain bread, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Calories: 450


What's for Dinner? 21 Weeknight Recipes to Make in August

Even when back-to-school season hits (whether in-person or virtually) and weeknights become busier, dinner can still be a time for the family to gather together and enjoy a delicious homemade meal. In less than an hour, you can prepare a family-friendly dinner that's healthy and pleasing to all, such as the Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas, pictured here.

In August, plan to stock up on ears of corn, figs, all different sizes of eggplant, tomatillos, chile peppers, and, of course, zucchini. Take a few minutes out of your day to stop by a local farm stand to see which fresh picks you can buy to incorporate into a weeknight bowl of pasta or serve grilled alongside chicken or fish. We're featuring these ingredients in many of the following weeknight dinner recipes for August.

Zucchini is the star of a Mediterranean-style pizza, which also features caramelized onions, feta cheese, and olives. You'll also find this favorite summer squash sharing the stage in Pork Tenderloin with Summer-Squash Couscous and Summer Smoked-Salmon Chowder. It's a good thing that zucchini is high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C because we simply can't get enough of it this time of year.

It's not summer without plenty of fresh seafood. Impress your family with an under 30-minute Soy-Honey-Glazed Arctic Char and celebrate Taco Tuesday with our Seared Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa. Trying to cut costs and skip takeout? Stir up our Moo-Shu-Pork Stir-Fry. You could also make this impressive Ravioli with Roasted Eggplants, Tomatoes, and Capers (and no one will know it uses store-bought ravioli&mdashit's just that good)!

Whether you're craving chicken or steak, pizza or pasta, there are easy weeknight dinner recipes here for you and your family to enjoy all summer long.


Grill for the Perfect Smoky Char

The grill isn&apost just for steaks and burgers� fruit to the grates and their natural sugars will caramelized while they take on a deliciously smoky charred note. For perfect grilled fruit every single time, halve or slice larger fruit into big pieces and brush with oil. Season with salt and pepper and add a sprinkle of sugar or spices, then place on a medium-high grill for just a few minutes per side until lightly charred on the outside but still fresh and juicy on the inside. Use these on top or alongside your favorite dinners, such as Grilled-Peach Pizza, Hawaiian Turkey Burgers, and Grilled Apricots and Pork Tenderloin.

If you&aposre hoping to grill bite-sized pieces of fruit or berries, toss them into a grill basket or skewer them like kabobs. Watermelon and Feta Skewers, Shrimp-and-Pineapple Skewers, and Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon are all fun dinner options when paired with a couple of sides.


Italian Recipes For Summer: A Warm Weather Dinner Party Feast (PHOTOS)

Sometimes when we think of Italian food, we get stuck in a rut -- hot, hearty soups, crusty bread, cheesy baked pastas. There are certainly worse ruts to be stuck in, but Italian cuisine has so much more to offer beyond the heavy fall and winter dishes we tend to associate with it. There is a reason that Italian grandmas live forever and everyone looks healthy and happy: the eat really, really well, with a focus on seasonal vegetables, simple cooking techniques and lots and lots of olive oil. We think everyone should let the Italians commandeer their summer cooking for a month or two.

In fact, you probably find yourself eating Italian-inspired dishes for most of the summer. Those bean and chickpea salads we all dive into at backyard barbecues, the thinly sliced vegetable carpaccios we can't get enough of and the cooling end of meal panna cotta and gelato all have their roots in Italian summer recipes. There's even minestrones designated for each season, summer being one of the best because of all the fresh tomatoes and squash. Thanks for everything, Italy -- we've been eating really well this summer thanks to you.

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