Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Healthy + Simple Summer Recipes

Today my gorgeous and brilliant blog friend Jenna is taking over this space, sharing some easy and healthy summer recipes. I don't know about you, but I am in desperate need of some quick, easy and healthy meal ideas as it gets hot outside and I want to spend less and less time in the kitchen! Jenna always has the best recipe ideas and I am excited to give a few of these a try!

    Hello, Happy is a Choice readers! I'm Jenna, and I have a little lifestyle blog called Dearest Love. I share daily inspiration, DIY's, wedding photos, and recipes!  I'm so happy that Brittany invited me over today to share some healthy, delicious, and simple summer recipes with y'all. I don't know about you, but in the summer I go for the easy recipes that require fresh ingredients and don't require the oven. Here are some of my favorite recipes that I've been making all summer long for friends, for my husband, and for just little ol' me on random Tuesday afternoons. 

When I'm thinking up recipes to make, I always look at what is in season, what I already have in my fridge, or what produce is on sale. Then, I go from there. Some of my favorite chefs are Ree Drummond, Alton Brown, and Paula Deen, so I love to take recipes I've made of theirs and switch it up to fit my needs based on the season or my preferences. Where do you find your inspiration for recipes?

This strawberry and avocado salad is so delicious and always makes me feel like I've accomplished great things. It's healthy, super filling, and so easy to whip up. When I make it for friends, they rave about how pretty it looks and how yummy it tastes. Should I dare tell them how easy it is to make? Well, I'll share my secret with you: Grab a bowl. Throw in your favorite spinach/kale mix. Add halved strawberries and slices of avocado. Top with poppy seed dressing and chopped bacon. There ya go!

My easy summer guacamole is my all time favorite food ever. This recipe is adapted from The Pioneer woman, except I made it super quick to throw together, and you still find amazing taste! I could eat it every day for lunch with a side of carrots or whole grain tortilla chips. Yum town.

Ree Drummond's summer stir-fry is such a great meal. I've made it just for me and Lamar for dinner, and I've also made it as a side to pork roast. It's incredibly fresh and you can add whichever veggies and meat you have on hand. Just don't leave out the corn and squash--they are too good. Good news: it only takes about 15 minutes from first chop to first bite to make! Win!

My creamy basil pesto dip is the least healthy item on this menu, but I had to include it because it's not too bad for you (besides the sour cream and cream cheese) and it's oh, so good. It has such a great creaminess to it and the basil pesto makes for such a great flavor. I pair this dip with veggies and crackers and serve it when friends come over. It's so quick to whip up! Here's the recipe.

What are your favorite summer recipes? I'd love to hear!


  1. That strawberry avocado salad sounds delish! Must try stat!

  2. YUM! Those all look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing ;)

    1. They are all worth a try. I think you'd love them!

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  4. OH YUMMMM now my stomach is growling! What fabulous recipes! I can't wait to try some of them out on Andrew!

  5. Healthy and simple, the 2 things I'm always looking for! We both work full time then go to the gym a few nights a week, I swear it's a constant struggle to find light/healthy/fast meal ideas! So, thank you! :)

  6. YUM! to all of these meals! I am definitely going to need to try these soon!!!

  7. all these look amazing. So going to have to try them out.

  8. My hubby would love all of these. I will have to give them a try! Thanks for sharing! I love pesto anything so we are definitely gonna try that one. Ps..hopefully I've fixed the no-reply email prob! I was so frustrated! Lol!