Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Ricotta

Zucchini is such a tender vegetable, you can enjoy it without even having to turn on your stove. Eat it raw during the summer, when zucchini is at its peak. If you want to make this ahead of time, combine all the ingredients, but save the ricotta and fresh herbs to use right before you serve it.

Garden Veggie Bowl with Shrimp and Corn

Shrimp add flavor and low-fat protein to this easy veggie side dish. It’s a fast way to use up the best a summer vegetable garden has to offer. Enjoy a slice of cornbread or toast some whole wheat pita to make it a main course for two.

Grilled Jalapeno Flank Steak

My neighbors Claudio and Bernadette love marinating their flank steak with pickled jalapenos, which add lots of flavor without too much heat. I added garlic and more herbs to their version of this simple grill-ready recipe.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Fresh tropical fruit is so sweet, it livens up any dish. I like to make a big batch of this salsa to use for chip-dipping and to accompany my grilled fish or meat. Just eating this salsa makes me feel like it’s 80 degrees and sunny outside year-round!

Creamy Corn Bake

Kids love sweet corn baked in a small dish, just the right size for them! Yogurt and eggs add lots of protein too. Do you have extra summer time corn? Swap out one of the cans of creamed corn and add 2 cups of fresh corn kernels cut from the cob before baking.

Turkey Meatballs

I took this American classic to a healthier new level by adding turkey and whole wheat pasta. Haven’t met a family yet who doesn’t love spaghetti and meatballs and this is an easy way to introduce your little ones to whole wheat products

Cucumber Kiwi Gazpacho

Ever tasted a Chinese Gooseberry? If you enjoy kiwis you have! Whatever you call ’em, these hairy monsters are packing major vitamin C! A potent antioxidant, vitamin C helps to protect the skin against wind and sun damage and can be an ally in the fight against skin cancer. Perfect for your travel cup this summer

Low-Carb Lasagna

I developed this recipe to entice my husband into eating more vegetables and less processed carbohydrates. It still has the luscious flavors of traditional Italian lasagna, but I use strips of zucchini in place of pasta to create a lighter lower carb version that also uses low-fat cheese.