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Victor Protasio

Find all the healthy recipes from Cooking Light's July 2018 issue.

June 07, 2018

KEY

F      Fast
G     Gluten Free
M     Make Ahead
V     Vegetarian

Appetizers

These bites are a step up from classic prosciutto-wrapped melon and provide sweet, spicy, salty, tart, and meaty tastes. If you can’t find serrano ham, use prosciutto; you also can use balsamic glaze in place of pomegranate molasses.

Jennifer Causey

Double-Serrano Watermelon F G M
Ratatouille Zucchini "Bruschetta" G M V

Beverages

This fruity sipper has sweet-tart flavor with a subtle burn from the serrano-infused tequila. Tender-tongued? This drink is equally delicious without the chile. Blackberries are fiber-packed and contain antioxidants called polyphenols that might ward off cognitive decline and keep your heart healthy.

Caitlin Bensel

Blackberry-Orange Margarita G M V staff fave!

Condiments & Sauces

Caitlin Bensel

Creamy Zucchini-Lime Dressing F G M V
Fancy Blue Cheese Dressing F M
Lemon-Garlic Anchovy Sauce F G
Peach-Basil Sauce G M V
Spicy Tomato Aioli F G M V

Desserts

This creamy, goat cheese-base ice cream showcases seasonal Bing cherries, which have an intensely sweet and tangy flavor. Go the extra mile and make homemade waffle cone cups for serving (and a fun presentation!). 

Caitlin Bensel

Cherry-Goat Cheese Ice Cream G M V
Easy Peach Hand Pies M V
Key Lime Ice Pop M V
Lemon Meringue Pie M V staff fave!
Pavlova Layer Cake with Raspberries and Peaches M V
Striped Yogurt-and- Sorbet Sandwiches M V

Please picky eaters with this one dish:

Main Dishes

BEEF & LAMB

Jennifer Causey

Banh Mi Burgers staff fave!
Beef Kebabs with Cucumber-Mint Salad F G
Grilled Lamb and Feta Pita Sandwiches F
Korean Skirt Steak Salad
Zucchini Stuffed with Lamb and Lentils G

FISH & SHELLFISH

Greg DuPree

Sautéed Striped Bass with Lemon and Herb Sauce F G
Shrimp Kebabs with Mint and Melon Salad F G
Snapper with Corn- Okra Relish G
Tuna Niçoise Whole- Grain Bowls M

PORK

Caitlin Bensel

Easy Vegetable-Ham Frittata G M
Pork and Charred Pineapple Sliders F staff fave!
Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Peach Sauce M staff fave!

POULTRY

Your favorite appetizer just got upgraded to the dinner menu. These reinvented tacos check every craving box with less than a third of the sodium and half the fat of traditional Buffalo wings.

Caitlin Bensel

Buffalo Chicken Tacos F G
Chicken and Honeydew Salad F G
Chicken Kebabs with Spicy Sauce F G
Grilled General Tso’s Chicken
Turkey Burger Pizza

VEGETARIAN

Caitlin Bensel

Black Bean Tostadas F G V staff fave!
Grilled Heirloom Tomato and Feta Panzanella F V
Kale and Wheat Berry Salad with Fresh Cherry Dressing V
Succotash Salad with Lentils G M V

Pasta

Congratulations—You just found your new go-to pasta salad! This veggie-packed beauty is nice and filling, thanks to meaty eggplant. If you can’t find burrata, simply tear 6 ounces of fresh mozzarella into bite-size pieces.

Heading to a potluck? Feel free to make this recipe ahead of time; just be sure to let it come to room temperature and toss with an extra drizzle of vinegar and oil before serving. Add a few tablespoons of chopped fresh basil leaves for an extra layer of flavor.

Victor Protasio

Warm Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Eggplant F M V

Sides

Jennifer Causey

Cauliflower Salad with Herbs F G M V
Creamed Corn F G M V staff fave!
Creamy Potato Salad G M V
Four Bean (and One Pea) Salad F G M V
Fruit and Arugula Salad with Fig Vinaigrette F G V
Grilled Wedge-Salad Slaw G staff fave!
Herb-Scented Rice Salad G M
Indian Dal Baked Beans G V
Mexican Corn Salad F G M V
Oven-Fried Smashed Okra G V
Salsa-Roasted Potatoes G V staff fave!
Skillet-Charred Green Beans with Salsa F G V
Smoky Beer-Poached Grilled Corn F V
Smoky Grilled Corn F G V
Spicy Tomato- Cucumber Salad G V
Squash-Ribbon Salad with Herbs F G V
Triple Tomato Salad with Crispy Farro M V

Soups & Stews

Instead of the traditional tomato foundation, this gazpacho uses cucumber and green grapes for bright, fresh flavor. Lobster is a special touch, ideal to kick off a dinner party. You also could omit the lobster or sub shrimp.

Jennifer Causey

White Gazpacho with Lobster M