By: Denise Freese (Sponsored)
Summer is an excellent time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables; many are in season right now, offering opportunities for creating delicious snacks, meals, and desserts. Here are 3 terrific summer recipes to make the most out of these wonderful, healthy ingredients:
- Greek Yogurt Parfait. For a quick light breakfast or snack, combine 3 cups plain fat-free Greek yogurt and 1 tsp vanilla extract in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 cup of the mixture into each of four small parfait glasses. Top each with 1/2 tsp honey, 5 clementine sections (or 1/4 cup blueberries, chopped strawberries, or your favorite fruit), and 1/2 tbsp chopped pistachios (or your favorite chopped nuts). Repeat layers and serve immediately.
- Caprese Zoodles. If you have extra zucchini on hand, try this delicious salad! Use a spiralizer to create zoodles (zucchini noodles) from 4 large zucchini. Put in a large bowl and toss with 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Marinate for 15-20 minutes. Add 2 cups fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved, along with 1 cup fresh (small) mozzarella balls and 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves. Toss to combine, then drizzle with 2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar and serve.
- Berry Cobbler. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9×13 baking dish. Add 4-5 cups blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries, along with 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp cornstarch, directly into the baking dish and gently combine. In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, and a large pinch of salt until a dough forms. Using fingers, crumble the dough over the berries. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling. Sprinkle the top with 1/4 cup turbinado sugar and bake an additional 10 minutes. Put under the broiler for 2 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!