by Brandi Koskie for DietsInReview.com
Summer is finally here and that means it’s time to serve up some of the best meals of the year. While the go-to is juicy meat on the grill, we hope you’ll join us in lightening your summer cookouts.
We love an all-American burger as much as the next guy, but we also enjoy savoring the bounty of fruits and vegetables that taste their very best during these warm months. Whether gathered from a farmers market or your local grocery store, ripe fruits and veggies as a main or side dish simply can’t be beat.
These are just a few of our very favorite vegetarian recipes that will keep you satisfied all the way through Labor Day.
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers – Made with black beans and sweet potatoes, this burger is well seasoned with dijon mustard, cumin, cinnamon and even a little ginger. Just a few quick-cook oats bind the protein- and fiber-rich mixture together and then bake in to one of the best veggie burgers we’ve ever had.
Fusilli Salad – This pasta salad served cold is an excellent main dish or a satisfying side. The Mediterranean flare comes from balsamic and red wine vinegar, garlic, Kalamata olives, feta, artichokes and more bright summer vegetables.
Creamy Caprese Sandwich – You likely have the tomatoes and basil in your garden, and when you add those to a croissant with a creamy schmear of BabyBel cheese you’ve got an effortless sandwich that tastes amazing.
Some of our other can’t-miss summer vegetarian meals include:
Roasted Corn on the Cob – leave in the husk and roast about 20 minutes, rotating half way through.
Fresh Fruit Salad – Chop your choice of fruits and berries and toss with a drizzle of honey and squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Grilled Mushroom Burgers – Just place a large portobello mushroom cap top-side on the grill, then serve and dress on a bun like any other burger.
Grilled Pizza – Place your dough on a pizza stone on the grill and top with your choice of veggies and cheese. Indirect heat is best.
Guacamole – You can’t get through summer without guacamole. Mashed avocados with cilantro, peppers, lime juice, onions, and roma tomatoes can top just about anything and make a heart-healthy appetizer.
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