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It is definitely not summertime at my house without a healthy, simple, AND delicious dinner! Brian and I were just talking about summertime and what we love about it: the long nights, sleeping in, not being on any kind of rigid schedule, beach vacations, night swimming, chlorine hair for a couple of days (yes it happens), and chasing fireflies! I also picture this: my family on the back porch listening to some cool tunes ( I am loving Spotify’s Relax and Unwind right now), the kids playing out back on the waterslide, some fresh clean fruits and veggies from the farmers market, and some kind of protein being grilled! This whole vision right here is how I want my kids to remember growing up during summertime! It is super important for me to teach them about the simplicity of life AND the simplicity of good clean food!
Healthy Summertime Salad
I am a bit of a rule breaker and can’t seem to follow one certain recipe, so what I often do is create one of my own. This can be a good AND a bad thing! Sometimes the dish turns out wonderful, and NOT OFTEN it is a bust! I am also notorious for NOT measuring things (this is why my husband bakes and I do not). I tend to just add a little here and add a little there. This recipe is pretty simple, so it was hard to mess this one up!
- 4 cups of cut up watermelon from Pa’s garden-the BEST! (we have a 40 pounder from his garden sitting in our kitchen right now-no exaggerating!)
- 1 big handful of fresh chopped up mint from Allison’s backyard
- 1-2 cups of feta cheese (paleo and whole30 friends, leave this out)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- lime juice from a whole lime
- (optional) fresh blueberries and strawberries from the farmers market
Mix all ingredients together in a cute glass bowl and serve! Super easy and the kids will love it as well!
Healthy Main Dish
I like to be the one who plans our family meals (planning is my thing)! I usually do all the cooking during the week, with Brian grilling on the weekends! Sunday is the day I meal plan for the week, and usually plan our meals around what we purchased at the farmers market that weekend. Side note-I have these two books in my kitchen at all times to use as a reference when planning healthy meals: Melissa Hartwig’s The Whole 30 and Danielle Walker’s Meals Made Simple. These books are filled with yummy recipes and AMAZING sauces, dressings, and meal plans! Get these books-you will LOVE them! I could seriously do a whole post about these books, so I need to get back to my recipe! This particular weekend we decided to go with shrimp kabobs, because our 4 year old Juliette has become obsessed with shrimp! Kabobs are also such a creative and exciting way for kids to eat their veggies!
Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs
- 10-12 shrimp with Dak’s Spices Red Mountain Rub. We purchased this at one of our local farmers market and absolutely love it. It is all natural, salt free, no MSG, and 100% spice.
- 10-12 shrimp with lemon pepper spice mix
- 10-12 shrimp with Greek seasoning
- 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
- 2-4 red, orange, and yellow cut up peppers from the farmers market
- 1-2 lemons
Start by marinating the shrimp with the spices and olive oil for 30 minutes in individual ziplock bags. While those are marinating, wash and cut up your veggies. Next, start putting your skewers together and place them on the grill. Brian usually grills them for 3-4 minutes per side. Serve on a pretty platter with some fresh lemon juice and the zest from your lemon!
Healthy Simple and Delicious
This dinner is a healthy, simple, and delicious meal that everyone should put in their summertime meal planning rotation! If you are allergic or not really digging shrimp, use chicken or some good grass-fed beef. If watermelon is not your thing, use just the blueberries and strawberries or even cucumbers and tomatoes. This meal is easy to modify. Finally, go sit back on your back porch, eat your yummy meal without any guilt, spend time with your beautiful family, and soak up everything this summer has to offer. Those long warm nights of staying up too late and not having a care in the world will be soon replaced with alarm clocks and schedules. I would love to hear your favorite summertime activity to do with your family, and of course your favorite healthy meal! Let me know in the comments below and enjoy the rest of your summer!