There is nothing quite like the first taste of spring in the markets. In the Northeast we are just beginning to get into the heart of spring and summer cooking and I couldn’t be happier. Of course, just because there are about a trillion fresh vegetables available I’d love to cook with doesn’t mean I have that many hours to spend in the kitchen. No, it just means that it is time to switch from my winter Real Food Fast meals to light, more interesting summer ones. Here are some of our absolute best Real Food Fast meals for you to get started with!
Bruleed Mango with Lime 1 of 12In need of a quick dessert or breakfast? Simply brulee your favorite fruit, add a squeeze of lime, and enjoy!
Make bruleed mango with lime
Pasta with Corn & Tomato 2 of 12Summer pasta dishes can be easy to pull together, especially when they include healthy summer produce. If corn isn't available, toss in some fresh peas or diced zucchini. It will take mere minutes and be a huge hit!
Make pasta with corn and tomato
Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Basil 3 of 12Grilling salmon takes little time. Once it is made, forget about presenting it with fancy sides; make a tasty sandwich with tomatoes and basil instead!
Make grilled salmon with tomato and basil
Summer Sandwiches 4 of 12On hot days it is easy and quick to pull cold sandwiches together for dinner. Here are three variations on a classic summer sandwich, all of which are packed with protein and vegetables. Make dinner easy, and healthy too!
Try one of these three tasty summer sandwiches
Turkey Burgers with Pesto 5 of 12It wouldn't be summer without a simple burger recipe. Prep this delicious meal in minutes and grill it up when dinner hour is near. Who said enjoying a grilled dinner had to take hours to pull together? Not with this recipe!
Make turkey burgers with pesto
Walnut Panzanella Salad 6 of 12Don't be fooled: this salad is hearty enough to be a meal. To round it out, add a side of fish, chicken or grilled tofu.
Make walnut panzanella salad
Warm Corn with Prosciutto 7 of 12Corn is an ubiquitous summer vegetable, so luckily there are many ways to prepare it simply and easily. For this delicious side, stew it in warm milk and stir in salty prosciutto.
Make warm corn and prosciutto
Grilled Lemon Chicken 8 of 12Whipping up a marinade takes less time than you think, as does grilling chicken!
Make grilled lemon chicken
Pesto Pasta with Peas & Cherry Tomatoes 9 of 12Making a large batch of pesto takes about 10 minutes. Once it is in your fridge you have the makes for great dinners all week long! Try stirring it into fresh noodles and tossing them with delicious fresh tomatoes from the garden for this nutritious meal.
Make pesto pasta with peas and cherry tomatoes
Cold Sesame Noodles 10 of 12When it is too hot to cook, there is nothing easier than whipping up a quick batch of cold sesame noodles and then enjoying the dish all day long. To make it into a complete meal, add some tofu or grilled chicken, or stir in some fresh chopped veggies.
Make cold sesame noodles
Asparagus Frittata 11 of 12Spring asparagus is on display in this gorgeous frittata. It takes less than a half hour to make and less than a minute to dig in to! No asparagus? No problem. Try adding other spring veggies like peas, tiny tomatoes, and chopped greens. The possibilities are infinite!
Make an asparagus frittata
Grilled Pizzas 12 of 12It actually takes less time to make a pizza on the grill than to get one delivered! Pile yours high with tons of summer vegetables, fresh cheeses, and meats, and enjoy a healthy, quick pizza dinner.
Check out these seven ways to grill a pizza
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