Thai Cucumber Salad

To me, refreshing salads like this one define summer dining. This dish comes together quickly and is full of flavor. Serve this with salmon, chicken or lo mein noodles for delicious and nutritious meal! 2. Add cucumbers, onion, peanuts, cilantro and mint and toss gently to combine. 3. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve Thai Cucumber Salad

Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Blueberry season in west Michigan is a special time – it is the beginning of peak summer produce and I love to stock up. The locally-grown berries are so sweet and delicious and the perfect addition to these muffins. The cornbread-like batter bakes up beautifully and creates a golden brown, crunchy top. Serve these with Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Firecracker Salmon

Salmon is one of my favorite proteins – it cooks quickly, has meaty texture and is very nutrient dense. The marinade on this fish has a great balance of sweet, spicy and salty. I served mine with orzo but this would also be great with mashed potatoes, quinoa or a leafy green salad. 3. Place Firecracker Salmon

Crispy Parmesan Dill Tuna Patties

Canned tuna is one of my favorite foods to keep on-hand in our pantry. It’s chock-full of protein (around 28 grams in 4 ounces!) and very affordable. These patties can be served in a variety of ways, but I recommend serving them with roasted veggies, pasta or salad. You could also put them on buns Crispy Parmesan Dill Tuna Patties

Orzo with Veggies and Feta

Orzo pasta is so versatile – it works great in any pasta salad or as a replacement for rice. It cooks to a perfect al dente in just 8 minutes, so this dish is super quick to put together. We served ours with pork tenderloin and a leafy green salad which was a great combo, Orzo with Veggies and Feta

Cherry Berry Almond Clafoutis

An incredibly simple dessert to make, clafoutis is a great way to enjoy seasonal cherries and berries. Serve this with a scoop of ice cream or gelato at your next summer gathering! 3. Place eggs, milk, sugar, almond flour, cornstarch, melted butter, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a blender and process until smooth. Pour over Cherry Berry Almond Clafoutis

Warm Farro Salad

Farro is one of my absolute favorite grains – I love it’s chewy texture. This weather calls for enjoying light salads like this one outside on the patio. This salad is great on its own for lunch, or I suggest serving it with turkey burgers or salmon for a delicious, nutritious dinner. Depending on what Warm Farro Salad

Carrot Top Pesto Penne with Peas

Carrot tops are super flavorful, but they often get tossed. I use them the same way you would use parsley – simply strip the leaves from the stems and add them to soups, salads, or herb-y sauces like pesto or chimichurri. For this pesto recipe, I combined the carrot tops with fresh basil, parsley, toasted Carrot Top Pesto Penne with Peas

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

We recently took a trip to the Baja region of Mexico and our first night at the resort we ordered a seafood cocktail not really knowing what to expect. What came to the table was a bowl of tangy, spicy marinated seafood which they served with saltine crackers and fresh tortilla chips. I was immediately Mexican Shrimp Cocktail