With the busy summer season in full swing, it can be tough to find time to prepare wholesome meals. That’s why we’ve assembled some quick and healthy 20-minute summer recipes to keep you and your family fed while you enjoy the outdoors! Whether you need simple snacks or hearty meals, these summer recipes will help ensure that you’re always prepared and never caught off guard by hunger!
Recipe 1: Grilled Salmon with Pesto
This quick and healthy recipe for grilled salmon with pesto is perfect for busy families who want to enjoy a healthy, delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Simply preheat your grill to medium-high heat, brush your salmon fillets with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Meanwhile, prepare your pesto by mixing together fresh basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve the grilled salmon fillets topped with a dollop of pesto and enjoy!
Recipe 2: Chicken Skewers with Rainbow Slaw
With summer comes warmer weather and more outdoor activities. However, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice healthy eating! These chicken skewers are a perfect example of a quick, healthy, and delicious summer recipe. And, at only 20 minutes from start to finish, they’re perfect for busy families on the go.
Recipe 3: Chickpea Egg Salad Sandwich
This Chickpea Egg Salad Sandwich is a quick and healthy recipe that can be made in under 20 minutes. It’s perfect for a busy family on the go! This sandwich is packed with protein and is a great way to use up any leftover hard boiled eggs. It’s also simple to make, which makes it perfect for an easy lunch or dinner. The ingredient list includes: chickpeas, diced cucumber, red onion, olive oil, salt and pepper, chopped parsley leaves, Dijon mustard and egg. Combine these ingredients in a bowl until well mixed together then place on bread of your choice (we recommend whole wheat). Enjoy!
Recipe 4: Guacamole and Tostadas
Need a quick and healthy summer recipe that won’t take all day to make? This guacamole and tostadas recipe is perfect for the busy family. Ready in just 20 minutes, it’s packed with nutritious ingredients like avocado, tomatoes, and lime juice. Plus, it’s delicious! Serve with your favorite hot sauce for an extra kick.
Recipe 5: Tostadas
Who doesn’t love a good panini? This classic Italian sandwich is made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, and is grilled to perfection. It’s the perfect quick and healthy meal for a busy summer day. Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
8 thick slices bread (I like using some of the ones from Trader Joe’s)
8 ounces buffalo mozzarella cheese, sliced into eight slices each (about 8 slices) 8 Roma tomatoes, sliced into 8 slices each (about 16 slices) 8 large leaves fresh basil leaves
Recipe 6: Peanut Butter Mousse Shooters
In a blender, combine 1 cup chilled heavy cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend on high until mixture is thick and stiff peaks form. Divide mixture evenly among six shot glasses. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chopped peanuts, if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe 7: Apple Rose Pancakes
Warm summer mornings were made for these Apple Rose Pancakes. They’re light, fluffy, and only take 20 minutes to make – perfect for busy families! Plus, they’re healthy too! Made with whole wheat flour, oats, and almond milk, these pancakes are a nutritious way to start your day. Top them with fresh berries or a drizzle of maple syrup and you’ve got a delicious breakfast that the whole family will love!
Recipe 8: Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
These quinoa stuffed bell peppers are a quick, healthy, and delicious summer recipe that can be on the table in just 20 minutes! They’re perfect for a busy weeknight meal or to take along to a potluck or barbecue. And, they’re easily customizable to your family’s tastes. To make them, simply dice up some onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper. Saute those with some olive oil until the onion is translucent (about 5 minutes). Add in one cup of cooked quinoa, one diced tomato, half a teaspoon of cumin powder, salt and pepper to taste (maybe 1/2 teaspoon each), about 1/2 cup water, and some corn kernels if you want. Cover it all with some shredded cheese before stuffing it into 4 large bell peppers. Cover them with foil or an oven-safe lid then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes before removing the foil or lid and baking uncovered for another 10 minutes (just until cheese is melted). Serve these tasty stuffed peppers as is with some fresh lime juice squeezed over top!
Recipe 9: Fresh Basil Pesto Pasta Salad
This dish is perfect for a summer picnic or potluck. It’s light, flavorful, and can be made ahead of time. The pesto is made with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. The pasta salad is tossed with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. You can also add other vegetables, such as zucchini or yellow squash. To make the salad more substantial, you can add crumbled feta cheese or grilled chicken.
Recipe 10: Blueberry Melon Soup
This blueberry melon soup is a refreshing summer dish that can be made in just 20 minutes. It’s healthy, low in calories, and perfect for a light lunch or starter. To make this soup, simply combine blueberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, yogurt, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve chilled with a dollop of yogurt on top. Enjoy!