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Monday, June 28, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things....for summer!

I have not had a lot of time to update recipes partially due to the fact that I haven't made as many recipes lately. Like many of you, we like to grill and eat light dinners in the summer months. I thought I would share a few of my favorite treats for summertime.
This dressing is amazing. It is only 40 cals for a serving and is great with grilled chicken and a salad. It is my favorite new find so far this summer.

We buy this Mango Salsa at Costco and it is divine! With only 20 calories per serving, it is a great light snack. I have used it on salads in place of dressing and my sister in law loves to use it as a dip with her celery!

#3. Ok, pretty much any salad is made great with a few sprinkles of feta. I didn't used to be a fan. A friend once made us a salad using this, red peppers, and raspberry vinaigrette. I have been hooked ever since. Other ways are to pair it with raspberries or strawberries and a vinaigrette. My favorite salad recipe thus far...
Pear & Feta Salad
Any kind of lettuce (I like romaine)
Peeled and sliced fresh pears (I did use 3 pears)
Feta Cheese sprinkled in
Dried Cherries (or Cranberries) sprinkled in
Pecan Pieces (honey roasted) made for salads sprinkled
and the main ingredient...
Champagne Pear Vinaigrette that I get at Trader Joe's

#4. Orowheat sandwich thins. 100 calories make these a convenient option for turkey burger buns, sandwiches, etc. You can get them at Costco also for pretty cheap and stick them in the freezer!

#5. And for the kiddos....popsicle molds!  My sister in law gave me a recipe for these that works great!
1 small box of Jello
1 package of Koolaid
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cups of boiling water
2 cups of cold water

Mix dry ingredients in large pitcher. Add boiling water. Stir.
Add cold water. Stir. Pour into molds and freeze 4 hours.

I also like to crush fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries) and pour it in. It makes a great fruit bar with no added sugar. Also, for the calorie conscious, we have made them by just filling them with crystal light lemonade or punch!  Fun!

Happy Summer!

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