As the temperatures rise and the weather gets wonderful, you may want to spend all of your time enjoying the outdoors. Cooking during the summer months can start to seem like a chore, and the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. For some, quick and unhealthy food becomes the usual dinner plan for summer. Well this summer you can have it all, dinner, drinks and desserts while staying healthy! Spend only minutes in the kitchen with these fast and healthy summertime recipes. If you want a truly tasty meal with figure-friendly calories, look no further than these recipes!
Chili-Rubbed Steaks and Pan Salsa
At 192 calories a serving, this steak dinner is a healthy option that still packs in the flavor.
Ingredients: 8 ounces 1/2-inch-thick steaks, such as rib-eye, trimmed of fat and cut into 2 portions; 1 teaspoon chili powder; 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided; 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil; 2 plum tomatoes, diced; 2 teaspoons lime juice; 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1. On both sides of steak, sprinkle chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Over medium-heat, heat a medium-sized skillet. Cook the steaks 1 to 2 minutes per side, only turning them once for the perfect medium-rare. Once done cooking, place the steaks on a plate and cover with foil. Allow the steaks to rest while you make the salsa.
2. In the same pan you cooked the steaks, add tomatoes, lime juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stirring often, cook the salsa for about three minutes or until the tomatoes soften. Remove the salsa from heat and stir in cilantro and any accumulated juices from the steaks. Top the steaks with salsa and serve.
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Enjoy this refreshing and guilt-free drink this summer. It only has a mere 100 calories a glass, so all you have to do is sip and relax.
Ingredients: Red or white wine of your choice, diet lemon-lime soda and summer fruits such as berries, oranges and peaches
Simply mix together the wine of your choosing with the diet lemon-lime soda. Toss in some fresh fruit and ice to make this the perfect refreshing summertime drink.
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Finish you summertime meal with this light and refreshing dessert. This dessert only takes five minutes to make and is sure to be a hit at your next gathering! And at 109 calories per serving, it can’t get any better than this.
Ingredients: 2 8-ounce containers (2 cups) nonfat peach yogurt; 1/2 pint fresh raspberries, (about 1 1/4 cups); 1 1/2 cups fresh, frozen or canned pineapple chunks
Divide and layer the yogurt and fruit amongst four glasses. Serve and enjoy!
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