- Step 1: Make light fare Make light summer fare in the dog days of summer with linguine from whole grains mixed with eggplant, or pasta with chicken or shrimp.
- Step 2: Barbecue everything Barbecue more than hot dogs and hamburgers. Prepare kebobs or put shrimp and plank-grilled salmon on the barbecue with assorted vegetables or fruit. Shortcut the effort with grilled vegetables on Focaccia for a healthy meal in minutes.
- TIP: Fruits and vegetables are best for certain seasons -- use strawberries in spring, peaches in summer, and sweet potatoes in winter.
- Step 3: Fix fresh snacks Fix fresh fruit and homemade trail mix snacks. Save time with pre-washed bagged lettuce, and cut up some cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, and apples to grab on the run.
- Step 4: Make salad the meal Make salad the meal, with garden veggies and chicken, dried fruit, almonds, and nuts. Make fruit salads to accompany meals all summer.
- TIP: Insist the family drink water instead of soda to stay properly hydrated.
- Step 5: Go exotic Go exotic. Make gazpacho with lime chicken or throw together tomatoes, various colors of bell peppers, red onions, and baby spinach for a gazpacho salad with red wine vinaigrette.
- Step 6: Blend slushies Blend up seedless watermelon and freeze it to treat the family with slushies later. Try putting together a frozen limeade pie for a nice surprise. Be cool and stay well fed.
- FACT: From 2002 to 2008, farmers converted to organic systems and increased organic cropland at an annual rate of 15 percent.
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