Trying to come up with healthy supper ideas can be a daunting task at the best of times, especially during the the sweltering months of summer. I’m pretty sure that the last thing you want at the end of a long, hot day is to stand over a boiling pot or eat something hot out of the oven.
Thankfully, these super supper ideas are light, refreshing, and totally chill – no cooking required! So take a break from the heat and enjoy these delicious, simple nutritious dinners!
Easy Gazpacho Recipe
A refreshing summer classic is gazpacho, a cold, tomato-based soup that originates in Spain. This gazpacho from Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa also includes loads of fresh vegetables, so it’s one of the most incredibly healthy supper recipes around!
Almost every ingredient can be picked up at your local farmers’ market – or from your own summer garden. Try to buy local and organic produce to make the freshest soup possible!
To start off your gazpacho, use your ceramic knife to roughly chop a cucumber, two red bell peppers, four plum tomatoes, and a red onion. (Ceramic knives are better than steel knives for fruits and vegetables because they do not chemically react with food, which keeps your veggies tasting and looking as they should).
Blend the above vegetables in a food processor, but leave it somewhat chunky to give the soup some texture.
After the veggies are blended, add three cups of good quality tomato juice, ¼ cup each of olive oil and white wine vinegar, three cloves of garlic (finely minced using your ceramic knife), and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the ingredients together and let chill in the fridge before serving.
This chilled soup is a delicious starter for a summer dinner party, or a hearty bowl can be served as a meal on its own! Be sure to double the recipe because leftovers can be taken to work for lunch the next day 🙂
Healthy Summer Shrimp Salad
The trick to this no-cook chilled-out summer meal is using pre-cooked shrimp, which can usually be found in the refrigerated fish section of the meat aisle or at your grocery store’s fish counter. If you don’t like shrimp, or there isn’t a good catch available, you can also use leftover chicken, steak, or just no meat at all!
First, fill a bowl with fresh chopped romaine lettuce, or whatever lettuce you have on hand. Drain and rinse a can of black beans and a can of corn — or even better – slice off the kernels of some leftover corn-on-the-cob.
Secret Tip: I saw Rachael Ray do this trick a few years ago, and I’ve been using it ever since. Take a peek … amazing!
Back to the recipe at hand …
Mix lettuce, black beans and corn in a separate bowl. Spoon this mixture over the lettuce, and finish with some slices of avocado before topping with your chilled shrimp.
For a refreshing and delicious vinaigrette, mix together freshly squeezed lime juice, grapeseed or vegetable oil, and sugar until the sugar dissolves (for a bit of heat, add in some dried chili flakes). Drizzle over the salad, toss, and serve.
It’s so delicious you might eat the entire bowl!
Time For A Special Summer Treat: Adult Dirt Cups
A great way to round off these supper recipes – and any evening – is with a bit of fun – and what’s more fun than Dirt Cups?!
What the heck are Dirt Cups?? Glad you asked! Not to worry, they are much better than they sound!
First, use instant pudding mix and replace some of the milk with liqueur – something cream-based like Baileys or coffee-flavored like Kahlua is a great choice.
Spoon the pudding into individual clear bowls (martini or margarita glasses give this a fun, adult twist) and top with crushed Oreos to create the soil effect.
To finish off, soak some gummy worms in vanilla-flavored vodka for a few hours, and add these on top. This grown-up dirt cup is a fun, adult version of the childhood classic – and once again, no baking is required!
Give these easy summer supper recipes a try, and let us know what you think!
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