Super-fast Summer Recipes

Celebrate the season with these 20-minute recipes using the freshest produce. For more ideas, visit this complete collection from Cooking Light

Stack of corn cakes with salsa.Fresh Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa

This speedy vegetarian entrée is absolutely bursting with peak-season produce. We suggest serving the cakes with an herby white bean and arugula salad.


4 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 3/4 cup)

1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

1 cup light sour cream

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 1/4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)

2 tablespoons minced jalapeño

1/2 cup diced yellow squash

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

1 medium tomato, chopped


Serves 4 (serving size: 2 corn cakes and about 1/4 cup salsa)

  1. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.

  2. Combine sour cream, eggs, and 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Add sour cream mixture, corn, and jalapeño to flour mixture; stir just until combined.

  3. Heat a large nonstick griddle over medium-high heat.

  4. Divide corn mixture into 8 equal portions (about 1/3 cup each); shape into patties. Add patties to griddle; cook 6 minutes on each side.

  5. Combine squash, green onions, basil, vinegar, tomato, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl; toss.

  6. Place 2 corn cakes on each of 4 plates; top evenly with salsa.

Source:  Cooking Light, August 2016
Total Per Serving: Calories - 362, Carbs - 42g, Fat - 15.9g, Protein - 14g, Fiber - 5g, Sodium - 465mg.


Chicken Kebabs with Creamy Pesto.Chicken Kebabs with Creamy Pesto

Use the vegetables you have on hand with chunks of chicken for a 20-minute family-friendly meal.


2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided

2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

8 (1-inch) pieces yellow bell pepper

8 cherry tomatoes

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 small red onion, cut into 8 wedges

Cooking spray

2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream

1 tablespoon commercial pesto    


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 kebab and 1 tablespoon sauce)

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Combine rind, 1 tablespoon juice, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper. Toss with bell pepper, tomatoes, chicken, and onion. Thread vegetables and chicken onto 4 (12-inch) skewers.

  3. Place skewers on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 12 minutes or until chicken is done, turning occasionally.

  4. Combine 1 teaspoon juice, yogurt, sour cream, and pesto. Serve sauce with kebabs.

Source:  Cooking Light, September 2010
Total Per Serving: Calories - 211, Carbs - 7g, Fat - 7.3g, Protein - 27.9g, Fiber - 1.2g, Sodium - 441mg.


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