Light & Fresh Recipes

The weather is getting warmer and the thought of heavy food in your stomach may not be very appealing (put away the chili and lasagna recipes until fall!). Not to mention, swim-suit season is quickly approaching and we all want to look our best at the neighborhood pool! Follow these recipes lighten up your menu and mood for spring.

• Mouthwatering mango, peach, and pineapple salsa is refreshing when served with tortilla chips but also makes for a great topping on grilled chicken, baked fish or in tacos. Use a food processor to save time chopping the peppers and onion. Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com http://allrecipes.com/recipe/166482/mango-peach-and-pineapple-salsa/

• Bon Appetite puts a twist on pancakes in this Pea Pancake recipe that will delight your tastebuds. Perfect for “breakfast for dinner night” the kids will have fun and get their veggies in. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pea-pancakes

• A heavy cheeseburger can sometimes be too much when the sun is shining hot on the grill. Try making slider-sized patties using 93% lean ground beef and low-fat cheese to save some calories without sacrificing flavor. Mix Worcestershire sauce into the beef for some zip and top with roma tomatoes, crisp onion and broccoli rabe for a sophisticated flavor. Try this variation from Cooking Light on MyRecipes.com http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/provolone-broccoli-rabe-beef-sliders

• Packed with vegetables, Pasta Primavera is always a light side dish option, or add grilled chicken to make it a main course. Spring veggies from your garden or local farmer’s market go great with this recipe from Food Network. Slightly reduce the amount of cheese and select tri-colored rotini noodles or a veggie/wheat blend pasta to make this dish even healthier. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/pasta-primavera-recipe

• Shrimp is an easy to cook protein and makes for a delicious taco alternative. Lighter on the tummy than beef or chicken, and simply flavored with lime and chili powder, this shrimp taco recipe provided by Chow Hound tastes great with the included corn salsa topping. https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/grilled-shrimp-tacos-with-avocado-corn-salsa-30759

• When most people think of eating light, a salad is first to come to mind. For the adventurous palate, this recipe from Martha Stewart brings together the popular beet and a unique leaf in the dandelion green. http://www.marthastewart.com/1055155/roasted-beet-and-dandelion-greens-salad

Enjoy the warm sun while dining alfresco with these recipes to really get into the spirit of spring!

  1. JP O'Grady Canary Gold 4:56