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5/13/19 10:55 A

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Often I will grill chicken, steak or shrimp in the morning and chill.
Then I will put that over greens with fresh seasonal veggies for a summer dinner.

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5/13/19 8:30 A

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4/30/19 11:12 P

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Always love a good coleslaw!

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4/29/19 9:47 P

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@EngineerMom , Great ideas!
Like Greek chicken Pitas.
Like the homemade Tzaziki sauce, flavors so refreshing! emoticon


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Edited by: LUVSCLASSICS at: 4/29/2019 (21:48)

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@CONTRARYWIFE,

Great “ easy, quick” dinner meal ideas for hot weather!


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4/29/19 9:38 P

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@ SLIMMERKIWI,
Love Polenta! emoticon
I don’t prepare it that often, and I like that you add nutrional yeast to it, for protein.
In the past, I have put into a small baking pan once cooked to firm up and cut into slices.
Thanks for sharing!



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4/29/19 3:05 A

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4/27/19 8:49 A

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Warm weather!? What’s that like? - as she stares wistfully into the distance trying to remember what warm weather feels like.


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4/27/19 5:19 A



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I often bulk cook Polenta and chopped parsley, and at the end add Parmesan to it and often Savoury Yeast (Nutritional Yeast) as well. Then I put it into a tray to that is lined with baking paper, to set, then cut it into portions. It then goes into the freezer. When I want to use it I take it out and crisp it up in a pan and have it with a variety of salads and sometimes cold meat and/or hard boiled egg/s

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4/27/19 3:23 A

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chopped fresh raw garden veggies.

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4/26/19 12:29 P

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I agree @CINDYTW963
BBQ Anything!

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4/26/19 3:05 A

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I was just thinking about this! I make a Greek Chicken but use lettuce wraps or a salad as I am gluten free. I marinate the chicken overnight in Greek yogurt, lemon juice Greek Seasoning (McCormick makes it I think) and garlic. Then I grill it in batches to use for meals for the week. It can also go with rice, or veggie sides depending on your diet.

Jmaican jerk chicken or pork is also great to use the same way...marinate overnight, grill, and use it in salads or with rice or veggie sides.

BBQ anything!!

Burgers of any kind, a great turkey burger is a Greek one with spinach, feta, roasted red pepper, and green onions. Tsatziki and lettuce on top.

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4/24/19 2:49 P

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Salad, protein shakes, for a sweet treat fruit pizza with yogurt for sauce.

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4/24/19 2:16 P

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Here is my version of Gazpacho (no bread, no olive oil). It is fantastic in the summer and very low calorie. Requires a lot of dicing (my hand always aches a little when finished) but so worth it. Below is from my Spark Recipe Box:

Gazpacho (no bread, no olive oil)
Lime Juice or lemon juice 0.50 fl oz
Garlic, 3 cloves, minced very fine
Celery, raw, 124 grams
Onions, red, raw, 153 grams
Green Peppers (bell peppers), 190 grams
Red Ripe Tomatoes, 648 grams
Red Bell Pepper (Peppers, sweet, red, raw) (USDA) (1 large, 164g), 146 grams
Cucumber - English, 252 grams
Red wine vinegar, 4 tbsp
V8 Low Sodium 100% Vegetable Juice, 24.8 oz
Jalapeno Peppers, 1 pepper
Fresh herbs if desired (parsley, cilantro, etc)
Salt and pepper to taste

Since there is no bread in this recipe, I take 2 or 3 cups of the completed soup and puree, then add back to the soup. This adds some body. A dash or two of hot sauce and a splash of lime juice brightens it all up.

Dice all vegetables into small even dice (may be chopped in food processor but be careful not to over-process. Combine all vegetables in large bowl and add the garlic, juices, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer this soup sits, the more the flavors develop and marry.

Serving Size: Makes approximately 8 1-cup servings at 56 calories per cup as written



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4/24/19 10:28 A

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A lot more salads, tomato,cucumber and red onion salad is a favorite! I will grill chicken more too. I try to avoid heavy meals and anything to do with the oven if I can because it gets so hot and humid here.

a no mayo chicken salad is another favorite too and can be made ahead of time.



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4/18/19 1:21 P

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I go for foods that take little effort. Spring is nice but summer is humid and awful and I don't want to cook or spend a lot of time on dinner.

- tuna or egg salad sandwiches
- cold thai spring rolls (lettuce, cucumber, carrot sticks rolled in rice paper wrappers) with mint vinegar for dipping
- grocery store rotisserie chicken, warm or cold, can be sandwiches, wraps, tacos, chicken salad...
- hummus plate and greek salad from local mediterranean deli, comes with grilled chicken and pita




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4/15/19 1:16 P

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avocado + mango + bell pepper + jicama + orange juice & segments

tomato + cucumber + garbanzo beans +/- feta + olive oil/balsamic OR yogurt/garlic/lemon/mint

curried chicken salad (greek yogurt + curry powder + mango chutney)- i like to add currants and jicama to it. good plain/on salad/in sandwiches/wraps/etc!

mango lassi- yogurt + water + mango + orange +/- sugar



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4/15/19 10:47 A

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My all time favorite recipe: https://vanillaandbean.com/lemon-garlic-orzo-with-roasted-vegetables/

Best room temperature or slightly chilled. I've eaten it alone as my whole meal many times, and it also goes really well with grilled meats! You have to roast the vegetables at a pretty high heat to get them nice and caramelized so I wouldn't make it during a heat wave, but it's a nice springtime recipe, especially while asparagus is still in season!


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We tend to eat more salads when the weather changes. This week, I meal prepped taco salads. MMMMMM



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4/8/19 5:11 P

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I'm a huge fan of cold soups! There are tons of gazpacho recipes out there to try, but here are some recipes for other types of cold soups I've loaded:

Chilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=2154607


Spicy Cucumber Avocado Soup - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=3410236


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Vegetable Summer Rolls - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=2095868


I also love the basics: cold taco salads, Mediterranean salads (tomato, onion, peppers, olive, basil, cheese, olive oil), or even strip steak salad with avocado or guacamole.



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I am so excited - the weather is improving where I live (Chicago area), and I was finally able to do little things like walk around in bare feet outside!

What are some of your favorite warm weather recipes?

I made one of mine on Saturday: Greek Chicken in a Pita.

It's just chicken breasts that have been marinated in a paste of cilantro (or mint, if you prefer), garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, and some salt, then grilled over very high heat. The homemade tzatziki is nonfat Greek yogurt, a little fresh garlic, cilantro (or mint), salt, and diced cucumber. I serve it in whole wheat pita with tomatoes, onions, and sliced cucumber.

It's one of those recipes that makes me feel like spring is actually here, and summer might be just around the corner!

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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