Perfect Summer Dinner and Dessert

Summer is the perfect time to eat healthy. There are fresh fruit and vegetables available and grilling makes life so easy. 

Here are 2 awesome recipes, perfect for a summer dinner and dessert! They are easy to make and healthy to eat!

 

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich 

2 large Zucchini

1 large sweet red pepper

1 large red onion

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil 

salt and black pepper to taste

8 slices fresh sourdough bread (or your favorite bread)

1 container of your favorite hummus 

1 cup fresh arugula 

Heat your grill to medium high. Cut the zucchini length wise into 1/3 of an inch thick pieces. Core and cut the red pepper into 8 slices. Cut the onion into 1/3 inch thick slices. Toss all of the veggies with vinegar, 1 tsp of oil and salt and pepper. 

Grill the veggies on both sides until tender (7-10 minutes). Brush the bread with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Grill until lightly toasted. Spread 1 tbsp of hummus on each piece of bread. Layer veggies on top. Toss arugula with 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and place over veggies. Cover sandwiches and cut in half. 

After these awesome sandwiches, be sure to try these homemade ice pops to keep you cool! 

Summer Berry Coconut Milk Ice Pops

2/3 cup sliced strawberries

2/3 cup blueberries

2/3 cup blackberries 

1 13.5 ounce can of full fat coconut milk 

1/3 cup sugar (or honey or maple syrup)

1 tsp cinnamon

Combine the berries, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring regularly for about 5-7 minutes until berries are soft. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk. Carefully pour the warm berry mixture into a pitcher. Pour the mix into molds. Be sure the berries are evenly distributed. Freeze for at least 4 hours. These will stay good for 1 month in the freezer. 

I hope these recipes inspire you to eat fresh, use local ingredients and use your grill this summer! 

Live well, be well. 

Melissa