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I love blending up a summer soup. It saves time and gives me weeknight dinner flexibility when not everyone can eat at the same time. Avocado makes this traditional cucumber soup rich with a  smooth finish. CUCUMBER AVOCADO SOUP side: chickpea hummus PREP: 20 minutes COOK: none YIELD: 4 servings MAKE AHEAD Make soup up [...]

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Growing up, I had my fair share of my mother’s favorite sandwich, the BLT.  This grown up version using burrata cheese is a summer staple in my house. Use fresh whole-grain bakery bread for the best results. BLT CLUB side: easy cucumber salad PREP: 15 minutes COOK: none YIELD: 4 servings MAKE AHEAD 8 strips [...]

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With this salad, you can build a weeknight meal with ingredients you have on hand from previous nights dinner. Make it a salad bar and let everyone create their own Cobb. CHICKEN COBB SALAD PREP: 15 minutes COOK: 10 minutes YIELD: 4 servings MAKE AHEAD ⅓ cup buttermilk dressing * from Meal #1 BBQ chicken [...]

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Don’t be afraid of cooking ceviche at home. Start with quality fish and fresh lime marinade and end with a light, healthy summer meal. SCALLOP CEVICHE side: avocado caesar salad PREP: 30 minutes COOK: 3 hours marinating time YIELD: 4 servings MAKE AHEAD Scallop ceviche can be made up to 2 days ahead Juice 4 [...]

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If you haven’t made your own BBQ sauce before, I urge you to try this recipe.  Using whole ingredients, it leaves those processed store bought versions in the dust when it comes to flavor and is so much healthier. BBQ Chicken side: macaroni salad PREP: 30 minutes COOK: 30 minutes YIELD: 4 servings MAKE AHEAD [...]

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Some days you just want something light and refreshing. Gazpacho is the answer. The cucumber, tomato, strawberry mix provides so much flavor in the easiest of soups. STRAWBERRY GAZPACHO side: whole wheat dinner rolls PREP: 20 minutes COOK: 0 minutes YIELD: 4 servings MAKE AHEAD Cut vegetables: tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper INGREDIENTS For Strawberry [...]

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I had a similar dish in a restaurant once and I had to create it at home. Portobello mushrooms have intense flavor and can be just as satisfying as steak when grilled. Fresh pesto, garden tomatoes and burrata cheese make these summer stacks irresistible. PORTOBELLO CAPRESE sides: nectarine arugula salad PREP: 15 minutes COOK: 15 [...]

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This is what I call a summer ploughman’s dinner.  Sausage, cheese and fruit with a gourmet twist. The caramelized flavor of the grilled nectarines is summer at it’s best. GRILLED CHICKEN SAUSAGE side: nectarines with burrata PREP: 15 minutes COOK: 10 minutes YIELD: Serves 4 with 1-1/2 sausage per person INGREDIENTS For grilled chicken sausage [...]

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Every time I make this dish I get compliments. You don’t have to over think grilled salmon, but it’s important to not over cook the fish. If you have been struggling with getting kids to eat peas, this is your solution. GRILLED LEMON SALMON side: pea puree PREP: 15 minutes COOK: 20 minutes YIELD: 4 [...]

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Tender and juicy is the only way to enjoy ribs. We use homemade BBQ sauce with no added preservatives to slow cook our ribs. The flavor is tangy and fresh. QUICK SUMMER RIBS side: pesto portobellos PREP: 1 hour COOK: 15 minutes YIELD: 4 servings MAKE AHEAD • Prepare ribs: If necessary, trim fat off [...]

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