Fresh, Healthy Summer Recipes

From lighter burgers to smoky grilled chicken, savor Food Network chefs' best-tasting, most-nourishing recipes all summer long.

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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Spicy Peach Glaze

Infuse grilled chicken with one of the best summertime fruits — peaches — by basting it with an easy-to-make peach glaze before grilling.

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American Macaroni Salad

To keep picnic salads light and healthy, don't leave the mayo out, just use less of it. Loading up your salad with plenty of fresh vegetables gives it extra crunch and ups the nutrients, too.

Get the Recipe: American Macaroni Salad

Grilled Steak and Papaya Salad

Bobby Flay marinates his steak in a mixture of spicy Thai chiles, soy sauce, lime juice and honey. Splurge for filet mignon, or use a less expensive but still lean sirloin steak.

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Alton Brown's Gazpacho

Turn in-season summer vegetables — tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers — into a classic chilled soup.

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Fish Tacos with Watermelon Salsa

Stuff grilled fish, fresh watermelon salsa and sliced avocado in corn tortillas for an easy, best-of-summer meal that's ready in 30 minutes.

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Sausage-and-Pepper Skewers

Skewer chunks of chicken sausage with sweet red peppers, onions and tomatoes for a quick and healthy meal.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Aromatic citrus pervades this dessert: there's lemon zest in the shortcakes and orange zest in the macerated strawberries. Tangy Greek yogurt is a great substitute for whipped cream.

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Broccoli Salad

Healthy eating is about moderation: Two strips of bacon are all you need for a little indulgence that goes a long way in flavor.

Get the Recipe: Lightened-Up Creamy Broccoli Salad

Ellie's Lobster Rolls

Ellie Krieger minimizes the fat in this summer staple by replacing most of the mayonnaise with strained yogurt.

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Quick Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This tender and juicy pulled pork starts with a surprising choice: pork tenderloin. Simmering large pieces of pork tenderloin in a tangy sauce and then shredding it with two forks results in tender pork tossed with lots of rich, flavorful sauce. The final touch is a crunchy broccoli slaw with a mustardy dressing. 

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Grilled Honey-Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce

Bobby uses a simple honey and balsamic glaze to flavor grilled chicken breasts, and then keeps things extra seasonal and colorful with a green pea and mint sauce. 

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Grilled Portobello Burger with Onion Jam

It's steak night, vegetarian style! Top grilled portobello mushrooms with sweet onion jam flavored with thyme, honey and red wine. Strain some yogurt and mix with horseradish for a slimmed-down burger sauce.

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Grilled Ratatouille Salad

Ellie takes the classic French stewed side dish to the grill with this smoky salad packed with a bounty of midsummer favorites.

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Eggplant and Asparagus Napoleons

Giada stacks up these pretty vegetarian Napoleans with grilled eggplant, asparagus, fresh ricotta and basil.

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Individual Peach Cobblers

Indulging in individual portions means you can enjoy this classic summer dessert — with a scoop of frozen yogurt too — for fewer calories.

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Garlicky Grilled Chicken, Portobello and Radicchio Salad

Mix smashed garlic cloves with olive oil, parsley and thyme and use as a marinade for the portobello mushrooms, bitter radicchio and chicken. Serve with peppery arugula.

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Barbequed Tofu

For your next cookout, barbecue tofu that even the meat lovers will want more of.

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Seared Steak with Chard Salad

Toss sauteed chard and homemade croutons with a garlicky tomato dressing. A few slices of grilled steak is the perfect complement.

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Watermelon Slushies

This sweet treat is a great make-ahead item for summer parties, and it couldn't be easier to prepare — just puree and freeze watermelon.

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Grilled Mango with Jalapenos

Grilling these mango slices brings out and caramelizes their natural sugars, leaving them tender and sweet. Aarón Sánchez uses cayenne, lime and jalapeno to keep this side dish savory.

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Gazpacho with Lime Chicken

Croutons and grilled chicken turn this chilled vegetable soup into one satisfyingly refreshing main course.

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Grilled Shrimp with Mango, Lime and Radish Salsa

Grilling gives shrimp a smoky flavor that pairs well with sweet and tart homemade mango salsa.

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Farro Salad with Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes and Onion

Bobby's grilled vegetable salad, made with the chewy Italian grain farro and lots of smoky eggplant and tomatoes, is hearty enough to be a vegetarian main dish.

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Healthy Summer Pasta Salad

This all-American pasta salad gets a healthy boost from summer's vegetable bounty. Don't limit yourself to just tomatoes, corn and zucchini — string beans and cucumber could also find a happy home here.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Summer Pasta Salad

Tuna Burgers with Carrot-Ginger Sauce

Tyler's fresh take on burgers is sushi-grade tuna seasoned with soy sauce, fresh lime juice, cilantro and ginger. To serve, top the patty with sliced avocado and peppery sprouts dressed in an easy carrot-ginger sauce and sandwich in a whole grain bun.

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Grilled Pineapple with Rum Sauce

Keep the grill going after dinner and throw on some pineapple slices — with a little vanilla ice cream and rum sauce, it's a quintessential summer dish.

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Chicken Paillards with Herb-Tomato Salad

Simple and straightforward, this dish is all about letting good food and clean flavors shine. Just top grilled chicken with a ripe tomato salad full of fresh herbs.

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Ina's Grilled Panzanella

Panzanella is a salad made with bread and fresh vegetables — it makes a wonderful summer side dish, but is also a good way to use up leftover bread.

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Grilled Strip Steak and Caesar Salad

Grill romaine and steak for a salad with layers of smoky flavor, and top the dish with an easy Greek yogurt dressing.

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Jalapeno-Lime Corn on the Cob

Rachael Ray rubs grilled corn with a spicy jalapeno, lime, garlic and paprika butter to make a foolproof Mexican-style side dish.

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Mango Strawberry Snow Cones

Tyler's snow cones — sweet, light and healthy — will no doubt be your new go-to dessert this summer.

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Grilled Scallions

A quick stint on the grill leaves these green onions charred and ready to serve with your favorite summer fare.

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Vegan Lentil Burgers

These burgers are packed with flavor, fiber and protein while still being low in fat. We love them grilled!

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Healthy Chipotle Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

Chipotle and cumin are tempered by beer, butter and lime in this simple and healthy shrimp dish that comes together in a snap.

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Ellie's Frozen Mango Margarita

Ellie blends orange liqueur, tequila and lime with frozen mango pieces for a fresh margarita with tropical flair.

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Grilled Citrus Marinated Chicken Thighs

Lean chicken thighs stay extra moist on the grill thanks to a tangy lemon-, lime- and orange-spiked marinade.

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Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

For vegetables with an unbelievably explosive flavor, Guy marinates them in balsamic vinegar and then brushes them with a balsamic glaze while grilling.

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Swordfish with Tomatoes and Capers

Ina makes an easy tomato, caper and fennel sauce to serve with grilled swordfish.

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Great Grilled Vegetables

Rachael's grilled vegetables can be made on an outdoor grill or, if the weather isn't right, indoors using a grill pan.

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Juicy Grilled Cheeseburgers

These quarter-pounders are lightened up with 90-percent lean beef and a mere half ounce of cheddar, and they're served on wholesome whole-wheat English muffins.

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Carrot, Date and Feta Salad

Low in calories and fat and loaded with flavor, this salad gets better as it sits. It also doubles as a crunchy, fresh topper for a sandwich or burger.

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Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Stuff fresh cherry tomatoes with feta cheese and spices for a super easy, perfect-for-any-party appetizer.

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Grilled Pork Steaks with Zucchini Couscous

Whole-wheat couscous tossed with grilled zucchini and diced fresh tomatoes makes the perfect, easy weeknight side dish for lean grilled pork.

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Beef Kefta with Melon Slaw

"Kefta" is a Middle Eastern meatloaf traditionally served by street vendors. This version, featured in Food Network Magazine, is flavored with cumin, mint and dill — give this new spin a try.

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Salmon with Olive Vinaigrette

Brush salmon with a simple dressing while it cooks on the grill for moist, ultra-flavorful fish every time.

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Lighter Smoky New Potato Salad

Using light mayonnaise will cut down on the fat and calories in this classic picnic salad without sacrificing any of the flavor.

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Garden Potato Salad

A small amount of mayo goes a long way in adding creaminess to this lighter take on potato salad. The health factor is further amped up with the addition of fresh vegetables — carrots, cucumbers, radishes and tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Spring Garden Potato Salad

Mixed Citrus Spritzer

Agave simple syrup tames this refreshing spritzer, a sparkling, sweet-tart mix of grapefruit, oranges, lemons and clementines.

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Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta

Ellie’s grilled salad showcases summer vegetables at their best with feta, mint and a red wine vinegar dressing.

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Grilled Polenta Crackers with Roasted Pepper Salsa

Putting polenta on the grill brings out its smoky corn flavor, while a topper of olives, capers, onions and tomatoes adds freshness to the dish.

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Cedar Plank Salmon

Barbecue planks add a unique flavor to food, combining the earthiness of wood and smokiness of the grill. When buying them, be sure to choose untreated wood or planks marked specifically for cooking.

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Grilled Turkey with Slaw

A quick dip in an easy-to-make marinade before grilling ensures that the lean turkey breast turns out ultra-flavorful and moist.

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Charred Tomato Gazpacho

Gazpacho is traditionally made with raw tomatoes, but in this version from Food Network Magazine, the tomatoes are charred on the grill, which infuses the soup with a smoky flavor.

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Sweet and Spicy Grilled Salmon

The decadent-tasting "good" fat in salmon complements the sweet-spicy Buffalo glaze. The skin gets caramelized and crisp on the grill; it’s delicious, but can be discarded to save fat and calories.

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Tomato Peach Salad with Ricotta

This salad is best at the height of summer. The crunch of the almonds complements the creaminess of the ricotta cheese and the juiciness of the fruit.

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Confetti Corn

Showcase summer's best corn with Ina's off-the-cob recipe. Cook the kernels with onion and bell pepper and then toss with a mix of fresh green herbs.

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Grilled Chipotle Pork Tacos with Red Slaw

The heat from the chipotle enlivens both lean pork and lean slaw. Bright, but hearty and filling, this quick main dish is great for the grill.

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Charred Corn Panzanella

Latin flavors are added to a traditional panzanella. Lots of fresh vegetables and whole-grain bread make this healthier. For extra heat, keep the seeds in the chile pepper.

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Asian Red Cabbage Slaw with Peanuts

Vividly colorful and crisp, this slaw is made kid friendlier with the addition of peanuts. Pair it with chicken dishes and the ginger and mustard flavors will shine.

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Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

Cool down on a hot summer day with these frozen banana pops. The dark chocolate and salted peanuts add a sweet-and-savory crunch.

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Farro and Corn Salad

You'll find farro with the whole grains in your grocery store or health food market (near the quinoa) but if you can't find it you can use barley in this simple, packed-with-summer-flavors salad.

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Grilled Thai Beef Salad

To save time, marinate the steak overnight — the ginger, curry and lime flavors will soak right in. Then simply slice the Thai-flavored meat once it’s cooked and serve over lettuce.

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Grilled Salmon with Sherry Vinegar-Honey Glaze and Spicy Tomato Relish

The components of this recipe are easy: Make an ancho chile- and honey-spiced glaze for marinating fresh salmon fillets, and top the grilled fish with a simple chopped tomato relish.

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Mango Salsa

Ellie's summery twist on salsa includes mango and cucumber. Make homemade tortilla chips in minutes to scoop up the chunky goodness.

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin a la Rodriguez with Guava Glaze and Orange-Habanero Mojo

Lean pork tenderloin is brushed with a glaze made from guava jelly while it’s grilled for a unique, fruity flavor (if you can’t find guava, you can use apricot jelly). A spicy orange, chile and cilantro dressing finishes the dish off.

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Lightened Up Banana Pudding

This banana pudding is basically the classic, just with fewer calories and fat. The sour cream stirred into the cooked pudding gives it a rich creaminess.

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Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Soy Sauce, Fresh Ginger and Toasted Sesame Seeds

Toasted sesame seeds add crunch to these shrimp skewers; ginger and soy sauce give them an Asian flair.

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Buffalo-Style Salmon

Swap in fish for chicken wings to make this Buffalo-style salmon. It’s glazed with a sweet-and-spicy maple syrup and hot sauce mixture and served with an elegant blue cheese and arugula salad.

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Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon-Sugar Butter

Bobby Flay turns to one of summer's signature fruits to make this tasty dessert. After a quick turn on the grill, each peach half is topped with cinnamon-sugar butter. 

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Light Tacos

For a lighter spin on tacos, this version uses crisp green lettuce in place of the usual shells. Grilled flank steak, a chile salsa and sliced avocado make up the tasty filling. 

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Grilled Shrimp with Chili Cocktail Sauce

Rachael uses classic shrimp cocktail ingredients like chili sauce and horseradish to prepare just the right sauce for grilled shrimp that's been sprinkled with smoked paprika.    

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Grilled Plums with Spiced Walnut Yogurt Sauce

Bobby serves this easy-to-make grilled dessert after brunch, but it would be a great way to end a summer dinner as well.

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Blueberry Compote

Ellie keeps this colorful fruit compote simple yet flavorful by using just four ingredients: blueberries, lemon juice, water and sugar. 

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Cumin Grilled Chicken Breasts

A simple sprinkle of salt, pepper and cumin is all you need to flavor lean chicken breast.

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Grilled Salmon with Smashed Cucumber-Date Salad

Hand-smash cucumbers to release their juices and toss with sliced fennel, dates and walnuts for a crisp summer salad to accompany grill-marked salmon.

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Healthy Chopped Slaw

This tasty slaw includes two kinds of cabbage –– purple and green –– plus a touch of carrots. But the secret is in the dressing: a sweet and savory mix that includes mayo, whole-grain mustard, pineapple juice and an array of spices.  

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White Sangria

Ellie's party-perfect sangria is a citrusy mix of white wine, orange liqueur and brandy plus orange juice and sliced fruit. A splash of club soda provides a touch of fizz.

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Watermelon and Haloumi

A seared slice of haloumi cheese makes the perfect salty counterpoint to a sweet slice of watermelon in this summer dish.

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Grilled Caponata

Sweet meets salty in this grilled caponata. The eggplant and tomato salad is speckled with golden raisins, olives and capers.

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Zucchini Bread

Apple butter adds extra moistness and natural sweetness to this bread. Surprisingly, only 1/3 cup of heart-friendly oil is used in this quick bread recipe that's heavy on zucchini — and tastiness.

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Mini Upside Down Cakes

Pineapple chunks at the bottom of the pan will carmelize in their own juice while the mini cakes bake. Flip the cakes over and reveal the adorable individual desserts. 

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Basil-Lemon Ice    

Prepare these individual desserts ahead of time and serve in hollowed lemons with a basil leaf for crowd-wowing presentation. 

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Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

Quinoa takes on a whole new flavor when infused with orange zest and dressed with more fresh citrus juice; it makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled scallops.

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Watermelon-Strawberry Sangria

Watermelon and strawberries are two of summer's defining fruits, so why not enjoy them in beverage form? Bobby's refreshing sangria will add an elegant touch to any summer party.

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Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

Giada combines whole tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, garlic and olive oil in her food processor to create a seasonal summer topping for this classic Italian appetizer. For a creamy element, top each baguette slice with a round of fresh mozzarella before toasting.

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Smoked Salmon Spread

Elevate the classic brunch flavor combo of lox and cream cheese by serving Ina Garten's elegant spread with a side of crackers and fresh veggies. For a tangy bite, Ina incorporates sour cream, lemon and horseradish into the spread.

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Pesto Potato Salad

Ellie puts a twist on basic potato salad by tossing boiled red potatoes in an in-season basil pesto sauce. Throw in some chopped red and yellow peppers for a color boost and added crunch.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Kick off a summer meal with Tyler Florence's quick and refreshing gazpacho. The blended watermelon keeps the soup light, and a bit of serrano chile will add just the right amount of heat.

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Grilled Eggplant with Yogurt and Mint

Use an outdoor grill or a grill pan to make tender, perfectly charred slices of eggplant, and serve with an easy-to-make, creamy sauce.

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Balsamic

Alex’s grill-marked mushrooms will satisfy vegetarians and meat lovers alike as a hearty side or main dish.

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Pepper-Jack Chicken with Succotash

Simple but vibrant succotash accompanies this spicy chicken stuffed with pepper Jack cheese and fresh arugula.

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Roasted Pineapple with Thyme-Ginger Ice

Keep things simple with this 5-ingredient dessert: Caramelized, roasted pineapple slices get a scoop of ginger ice and a sprig of fresh thyme.

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Grilled Pork with Arugula-and-Grape Salad

You use homemade balsamic vinaigrette two ways in this dish: a few tablespoons to marinate the pork chops and the rest to dress the arugula and grape salad.

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