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Simple Summer Dinner Ideas for Every Night of the Week

Posted by: Mira Roberts

Summer is in full effect and, by now, the abundance of daylight and warm, mid-summer breezes may have you longing to spend your evenings outdoors, catching beautiful sunsets and dining al fresco. After all, spending more time relaxing outside and less time working hard in your kitchen is the name of the game in summer. 

When seasons change, our tastes seem to follow, and in summer, it just makes sense to reach for lighter, refreshing fare that fills you up without weighing you down. We find that citrus flavors, fresh fish and hearty salads satisfy us perfectly, and we appreciate how easy and fast they are to prepare.

Now that the weather is hot, turn to fresh, seasonal produce and simple proteins prepared on the grlll or stovetop for simple, satisfying meals. We've chosen dinner ideas that you can prepare for yourself and your family, any night of the week, and all of our recipes can successfully be eaten outdoors (no steaming hot soups, here!). Happy summer, and happier summer dining to you and yours!  

  1. Citrus-Glazed Chicken and Zuchhini. Summer is grilling season, so make good use of those community grills, or plan to whip this zesty recipe up at your next family cookout. A simple glaze packed with citrus flavors makes this basic dish come to life, and will satisfy your hunger without zapping your energy.
  2. Grilled Chicken Wedge. You've never seen a wedge salad quite like this. Packed with shredded, grilled chicken, avocado and a flavorful, easty-to-make dressing, this wedge salad will win over your entire family. 
  3. Shrimp Scampi Zoodles. Cutting back on carbs this summer? This healthy twist on a traditional shrimp scampi dish subsitutes zoodles for noodles, making this meal as light and low calorie as it is satisfying and delicious.
  4. Fish Tacos. Deep fried fish, fresh avocado and salsa make this meal as indulgent as it is healthy. On hot nights when you need to fill up without feeling weighed down, these fish tacos will do the trick.
  5. Fettucini with Salmon and Snap Peas. Fresh, seasonal snap peas and wholesome fettucini and salmon combine in this delicious recipe to give you the nutrition you need to stay active and healthy throughout the summer. Hit up your local farmer's market for the peas, and pick up wild caught salmon from your local fish monger, and you'll be supporting local businesses AND your belly when you cook up this meal.
  6. Mediterranean Turkey Burgers. Skip the ketchup and mustard and instead whip up a light and zesty yogurt sauce to give your burgers a zing of new flavor. Healthy, simple and sure to be a favorite with every member of your family, you'll be coming back to this recipe all summer long.
  7. BBQ Chicken with Peach and Feta Slaw. Crunchy, salty, sweet and so delicious, you'll want to double this recipe and have leftovers for lunches and snacks, throughout the week. Bringing together seasonal produce with healthy proteins and whole grains is the perfect way to celebrate the season's bounty, and this recipe does exactly that.
  8. Open-Faced Prosciutto and Plum Sandwiches. Get your taste buds ready to run the gamut with sweet, savory and tart flavors bursting in every bite of this fantastic sandwich recipe. Make good use of fresh plums from the farm market in this easy recipe that will surprise and delight you again and again.
  9. Seared Tuna with Avocado Salsa. Balance the heat of pan seared yellowfin tuna with a truly spectacular avocado salsa that brings out the juicy flavor of the tuna. This simple recipe can be tweaked and used as a topper to a big, green salad, or placed onto a toasted bun for a tuna sandwich when you need a little something extra to fill you up.


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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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