When the weather heats up, I like to indulge in summer dinner ideas, like quick-to-assemble salads, tasty sandwiches and make-your-own tacos, as well as anything grilled that helps get me out of the kitchen. Not only does it mean less cookware to clean, but it also means I have more time to spend with the little ones.
Enjoy these tasty, simple healthy food recipes that use fresh vegetables and simple ingredients.
6 light and fresh summer dinner ideas
- Asparagus Pasta Salad
- Grilled Veggie Pizza
- Modern Tuna Cobb Salad
- Grilled Salmon Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Tacos
- Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
Vegetarian at Heart
Young children sometimes find chewing meat to be a chore. This vegetarian pasta salad recipe from Food Network Canada requires little prep time and is chock full of colourful, crispy vegetables, like asparagus, green peas and bell peppers.
Use the time while your little one is napping to prep this meal in advance to help make dinnertime as stress-free as possible.
A hearty salad like this no-cook recipe from Chatelaine deserves a place at the dinner table—especially in summer when you can include vine-ripened cherry tomatoes from your garden!
Try swapping out salmon for canned fish, like tuna, if you have pickier eaters.
Slow cookers are a go-to for soups, stews and saucy main dishes during the cold winter months. However, they can also come in handy for making lighter fare during the warmer months. This summer, put your slow cooker to work with this taco recipe from Canadian Living.
To help give the burgers a Mediterranean flavour, have the kiddies spread a tzatziki-style mixture (see recipe) on the top and bottom of each bun before adding their fave fresh veggie toppings.
From simple summer salads to easy grilling, these summer dinner ideas can help make it easier for you to introduce more vegetables into your family’s diet. These healthy food recipes also offer the opportunity for little ones to experiment with food toppings so they can discover their individual tastes.