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You may have noticed that during the summer you naturally crave lighter foods or smaller meals. Maybe you find yourself gravitating toward fresh, raw fruits and vegetables in the summer and turning off your stove as much as possible. Beyond your air conditioning bill, there’s good reason to eat with the seasons!

The recipes in this book feature some of the best of summer’s bounty—highlighting the superstars of the hottest months in recipes that are (mostly) healthy, very refreshing, and extra delicious. Not only are these recipes plant-based in order to cram as much summer goodness into each recipe as possible, but many of them are incredibly easy, making them a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen this summer.


The first section of the book features Light and Fresh Meals that are perfect for hot evenings when you want something fast that won’t make you sluggish. These meals are perfect for lunch or dinner, and can be paired with a side for a more substantial meal. The second section features Cool Snacks for Hot Days—mostly small plates that make good appetizers for a party or work as a side dish as part of a larger spread. You’ll find a refreshing summer beverage perfect for a crowd in this section, too. The third section makes use of nature’s summer candy: berries! The Berry Good Sweets features all different kinds of berries in sweet treats that rely on the fruit’s natural sugars. The fourth section, Thrilling Health Grilling, gives you plenty of ideas for a healthy barbecue that includes something for all diets—and might get you grilling something new this summer! The last section, Cooking with Blossoms, might be a surprising find—but edible flowers are one of summer’s delicacies and once you realize all the ways you can include them in meals, you’ll be a fan.

Table of Contents
Introduction Light & Fresh Meals
Sweet Superfood Salad 5
strawberries, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers & lemons
Perfect Panzanella Salad 8
cucumbers, parsley, bell peppers & tomatoes
Cooling Cucumber Noodles 10
cucumbers, cilantro & limes
Pea-Zucchini Pasta 14
peas, mint, zucchini & lemons
Rainbow Ratatouille 16
eggplants, tomatoes, zucchini/squash & peppers
Cool Snacks for Hot Days
Watermelon Gazpacho 20
watermelons, tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro & mint
Caprese Stacks 23
tomatoes & basil
Pickled Okra 25
Three-Bean Succotash 27
beans, corn, cilantro, green onions & tomatoes
Mint-Citrus Cooler 29
mint & limes
Berry Good Sweets
Berry Smoothie Bowl 33
strawberries, blackberries & blueberries
Blueberry Ice Cream 35
Frozen Fruit Pops 37
Blackberry Crumble 39
blackberries, basil & stone fruits
Two Berry Jam 41
strawberries & blueberries
Thrilling Healthy Grilling
Veggie & Fruit Skewers 47
Rosemary Potatoes 49
Salted Asparagus 50
Citrus Squash Foil Packets 51 Corn-on-the-Cob 52
Grilled Corn Salsa 53
Grilled Pepper Salsa 54
Garlic Balsamic Beets 55
Seasoned Greens 56
Cinnamon Apples & Sweet Potatoes 57
Garlic Eggplant 58
Healthier Barbecue Sauce 61
Rhubarbecue Sauce 62
Cooking with Blossoms Squash Blossom Salad 66
Squash Blossom Soup 67
Squash Blossom Stuffed Avocado 68
Goat Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossoms 69
Other Edible Blossoms 71

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