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Fast & Fresh: 11 Delicious, Healthy, Green Recipes for Summer in 30 Minutes or Less

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The beauty of summer cooking is that food can be made so fast and fresh with the bevy of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available. Sure, they can be doctored up and heavily prepared, but they often don’t need to be. It really only takes a few fresh chopped greens to making delicious green goddess dressing, baking asparagus takes 30 minutes or less, and a simple arugula salad merely takes minutes! I love taking advantage of this time of year, specifically the green vegetables that are available. Here are a few ways I like to simply prepare them. How do you like to prepare your summer greens?

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  • Asparagus Frittata 1 of 12
    Asparagus Frittata
    This easy egg dish takes minutes to prepare before popping in a pan and is a healthy breakfast dish, or can be eaten for lunch or dinner!
    Make an asparagus frittata
  • Green Goddess Dressing 2 of 12
    Green Goddess Dressing
    This easy delicious dressing can be made in a snap and is ideal for dressing any amazing summer salad. All it takes is fresh lettuce and some croutons and you're ready!
    Make green goddess dressing
  • 10 Ways to Use Green Peas 3 of 12
    10 Ways to Use Green Peas
    Green peas are spilling over in the farmer's market all summer long. There are so many amazing ways to prepare them, or just eat them fresh out of the pod!
    Try 10 ways to use green peas
  • 10 Delicious Summer Salads with Greens 4 of 12
    10 Delicious Summer Salads with Greens
    This classic potato salad recipe is perfect for a boat picnic and only requires a fork to eat!
    Make summer potato salad
  • Sunshine Green Smoothie 5 of 12
    Sunshine Green Smoothie
    A fresh green smoothie is always a refreshing beverage in the summer. Whip up this one which is full of healthy vitamins and minerals for a fresh breakfast or quick afternoon snack!
    Make a sunshine green smoothie
  • Zucchini Spaghetti 6 of 12
    Zucchini Spaghetti
    Leave it to Gwyneth to come up with this simple family meal idea. It comes together in minutes and is full of fresh summer zucchini!
    Make fried zucchini spaghetti
  • Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale & Tomato Pesto 7 of 12
    Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale & Tomato Pesto
    Pasta is the perfect backdrop for delicious kale and tomato pesto. It showcases delicious garden flavors and is a snap to pull together.
    Make whole wheat pasta with kale and tomato salad
  • Asparagus Baked in a Paper Bag 8 of 12
    Asparagus Baked in a Paper Bag
    Making asparagus doesn't get easier than this, simply bake it up in a paper bag. Flavor it with lemon and enjoy a fresh summer vegetable on your plate in 30 minutes!
    Make asparagus in a bag
  • Green Bean and Tomato Salad 9 of 12
    Green Bean and Tomato Salad
    Toss together this gorgeous healthy salad with fresh ingredients from the garden. It is so delicious it barely needs to be dressed!
    Make green bean and tomato salad
  • Cheesy Zucchini Caterpillar 10 of 12
    Cheesy Zucchini Caterpillar
    The prep work for this simple zucchini recipe takes minutes and is perfect for children. Best of all, adults will like it too so be sure to make enough for the whole family.
    Make a cheesy zucchini caterpillar
  • Cherry Arugula Salad 11 of 12
    Cherry Arugula Salad
    What is the best way to contrast peppery arugula than with sweet summer cherries? This healthy salad is full of flavor and makes a great light dinner or can be served alongside an easy grilled dinner.
    Make a cherry arugula salad
  • Fried Green Tomatoes 12 of 12
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Green tomatoes are always a treat. Turn them into a meal all on their own by frying them up and serving them with some cheese or over a bed of fresh summer greens.
    Make fried green tomatoes


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