Summer Food

When the weather outside warms up, the kitchen can be a terrible place to be. There are many things you can do however, when it comes to cooking a nice home made meal that doesn’t require traditional stove top or oven cooking.

Learn to utilize some of the lesser heat producing equipment in your kitchen, such as the crock pot, in order to truly beat the summer heat and keep your cool while preparing a nice hot meal for friends and family.

So, how does crock pot cooking really help beat the heat?

Simply put, the crock pot in and of itself puts off far less heat when cooking than an oven or stove top.

This is the first and possibly the best reason to utilize the crock pot in your summer meal planning. Continue reading

Few things cool kids and adults off in the summer like popsicles. And it’s no coincidence that berries, fruits, and other produce are abundant this time of year.

These healthy, fresh foods make excellent popsicles. There are all kinds of creative popsicles you can make with a simple popsicle mold (or paper cups and popsicle sticks).

Here are some recipes and ideas:

Pureed Fruit

You pay a lot of money for fruit-only, natural popsicles in the store. Making your own could hardly be easier! Try some of these combinations.

1. In a blender, combine 2 cups of washed strawberries with tops removed. Add just enough fruit juice (such as cranberry or apple) to make the mixture liquefy. Pour into molds and freeze. Continue reading

During the summer months, you are probably less inclined to eat heavy, hot meals, and are looking more for lighter fare. The good news is that not only are these lighter meals much more pleasant to eat in 90 and 100-degree summer heat, but many of them are very healthy as well. Here are some light, healthy meals to enjoy during the summer.

Fruit Bowls

People seriously underestimate the power of eating fruit, not just in health, but due to how easy they are to put together. When you eat fruit, it helps your body to carry on all sorts of essential functions that help with your digestive health.

That means that not only is a fruit bowl a low-calorie option, it provides a good amount of antioxidants and vitamins. All you have to do is cut a cantaloupe in half and hollow out a bowl shape and cut up the cantaloupe that was removed. Continue reading

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