As temperatures heat up, the last thing you want to do on a gorgeous summer evening is spend it in a hot kitchen. These no-cook recipes get a healthy, delicious meal on the table without even turning on the oven.
Get the rich taste of a Caesar salad with only 6 grams of fat! Instead of mayo, the recipe uses folate-rich white beans (plus lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce) as a base for a tangy dressing. And anchovy-haters, take note: This salad is made without the salty fish. Tomatoes, red onion, and romaine lettuce add plenty of fiber and vitamin C, and taste oh-so-refreshing!
1 (15- to 16-ounce) can Great Northern or navy beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
1 cup diced plum tomato
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, separated into rings
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup low-fat garlic-flavored croutons
1. Combine lettuce, 1 cup beans, tomato, and onion in a large bowl.
2. Drop garlic through food chute of a mini-food processor with motor running; process until minced. Add remaining beans, oil, Worcestershire sauce, juice, salt, and pepper; process until well-blended.
3. Pour dressing over salad, tossing gently to coat. Divide among 4 plates; top each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese and 1/4 cup croutons.
This light and crisp salad makes the perfect side dish for an outdoor event. Use low-fat mayo to make a guilt-free, creamy coating for the apples, grapes, and celery. Toss in some walnuts, and get the multiple health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
Cool down with this low-cal ice cream dessert. Tart blackberries and lemon rind add an antioxidant kick to this basic dessert, while amaretti cookies bring a distinctive almond taste. These parfaits are a cinch to throw together and will be the perfect end to a summer meal.