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7 Light and Fresh Summer Recipes

A “No Recipe” Recipe: Pasta Salad with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette

There are times during the summer when it’s just too darn hot to cook or even think about recipes—all you want is a simple supper solution.

One of my favorite “no recipe required” go-to dishes for summer is pasta salad. It’s an easy way to use up just about any fresh veggies you have in the fridge and leftovers are perfect to pack for lunch the next day.

Pack a Picnic: Tarragon & Grape French Chicken Salad

One of my favorite things about summer is picnicking on the beach, at outdoor concerts, or just in the park hanging out with my daughters.

While you’re pregnant it’s usually recommended you stay away from processed deli meats (seemingly everyone’s “go to” sandwich for picnics). This week I’ve got a crowd-pleasing, easy to make, healthy, upscale alternative to share with you that’s perfect for packing to go.

No-Cook, No-Bake Recipes for Summer

Between the rising temperatures and your growing belly, chances are you’re struggling to keep your cool these days. When you can’t bear the idea of turning on your stovetop, don’t resort to yet another PB&J.

“You can whip up a delicious, nutritious meal without heat,” says Matthew Kadey, R.D., author of The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook (Ulysses Press).

Make Your Own Greek Goddess Salad Dressing

We love this idea for a Yogurt Greek Goddess salad dressing from our sister site SHAPE.com.  It uses simple ingredients that you likely have at home, it's quick and simple to make, and it's delicious! Try your dressing with one of these salads: • Chickpea Salad with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Corn and Black Beans

Cookbook Collection: Just Married and Cooking

Some cookbooks focus on a specific type of food or cooking technique while others are handy resource guides or teaching tools. Still others are pure entertainment and bring you into someone’s world through food and storytelling.

Very few manage to combine those elements, but Just Married and Cooking by writer Brooke Parkhurst and chef James Briscione does just that. 

Comfort Zone

Let’s get real: When you’re pregnant in the dead of winter, controlling your weight is no piece of cake, although you’d probably like to eat one—and then another. We share our favorite recipes for comfort foods with a lighter twist to give you more energy and protect your and your developing baby’s health.

Amazing Grains

Whole grains may just be the holy grail of pregnancy foods.“The many varieties of whole grains are supercharged with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that offer benefits for both mom and baby,” says San Diego-based dietitian Wendy Bazilian, Dr.PH., R.D., author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet (Rodale). Plus, their complex carbohydrates help keep energy levels up throughout the day, she adds.

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