Monthly Archives: June 2016


Oven Free Summer Time Dinners

The thermostat outside my house currently reads 94 degrees C, which is WAY too hot to do any type of cooking. Who in their right mind would turn on an oven when it’s hot enough to cook something on the front sidewalk? Each summer, when the temperature gets above my 90 degrees, my oven goes on an extended vacation. This is when I need to get creative and come up with delicious and healthy dinners that I can make without cooking. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

Sip, Chip and Dip

For this meal I make a double batch of home made guacamole, one batch of pico de gallo, and get a large bag of tortilla chips. Then I make a double batch of a fruit smoothie, which can vary depending on what you like. My favorite is a mango lassi. Everyone loads their plate up with chips and dip, then grabs a glass full of smoothie. It doesn’t take any cooking, includes healthy fruits and veggies, and your kids will love it!

Tapas Platter

This Mediterranean inspired dish includes a variety of things you cut up, put on a platter in the middle of your table, then eat with your hands. I like to include two kinds of cheese, crackers and/or bread, fresh pear, salami or other meat of your choice, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers sprinkled with a little bit of salt, and fresh avocado. Simply mix and match the different flavors together to create a delicious and eclectic meal.

Veggie Overload Sandwich

I like to make veggie sandwiches that are packed full of different flavors and textures. For this meal I make a large spread of items, then each person can build their own monster sandwich. The items I include are avocados, tomatoes, lettuce/spinach, cheese, sweet sandwich pickles, and cucumbers. You can add meat as well, but it’s not necessary. Serve these with a fresh fruit salad made of strawberries, bananas, and apples, and you have a delicious meal.

A Grown Up Twist On Summer Popsicles

B_AGrownUpTwistOnSummerPopsicles_textWhat do you remember the most about summer when you were a kid? Was it riding bikes with your friends or swimming at the lake? Did you go camping or fishing? Did you run through the sprinklers or swim at the pool? Do you remember eating countless popsicles that cooled you down and turned your tongue fun colors? But what about when you’re adult? Should you deprive yourself of these delicious treats just because you’re no longer a kid? I would like to suggest you try some grown up versions of the popsicles you loved from your childhood. Here are 4 more grown up popsicle recipes that will keep you and your kids happy this summer.


Coconut Banana Popsicles

A simple, tropical treat that you can easily make at home. These Coconut Banana Popsicles have a nice coconut and vanilla flavor that feel like a little bit of paradise.

Watermelon Lime Popsicles

These watermelon popsicles are so easy to make and delicious. This frozen treat is 0 Weight Watchers Points and perfect for a hot day.

Whole Fruit Popsicles

Whole Fruit Pops are a cold treat perfect for the warm weather and so easy to make. This recipe uses coconut water and whole fruit to compliment the flavors. You can use any fruit you like.

Yogurt Blueberry Popsicles

Don’t buy expensive yogurt pops when you can make them so easily at home. This recipe uses Greek Yogurt so you can a protein packed refreshing snack that will make your tummy feel good.