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Spring in Our Step: 12 of Our Best Real Food Fast Meals in Under 30 Minutes

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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!

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  • Bruleed Mango with Lime 1 of 12
    Bruleed Mango with Lime
    In 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 12
    Pasta with Corn & Tomato
    Summer 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 12
    Grilled Salmon with Tomato & Basil
    Grilling 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 12
    Summer Sandwiches
    On 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 12
    Turkey Burgers with Pesto
    It 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 12
    Walnut Panzanella Salad
    Don'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 12
    Warm Corn with Prosciutto
    Corn 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 12
    Grilled Lemon Chicken
    Whipping 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 12
    Pesto Pasta with Peas & Cherry Tomatoes
    Making 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 12
    Cold Sesame Noodles
    When 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 12
    Asparagus Frittata
    Spring 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 12
    Grilled Pizzas
    It 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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