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6) Grilled portobello and spinach burgers with basil mayonnaise by Fred Thompson

 This burger is a great vegetarian alternative to serve at a barbecue, and includes less fat than its meaty cousin. Portobello mushrooms are oversized cremini mushrooms, and are a great resource of antioxidants. This recipe keeps the burger simple, with only spinach and basil mayonnaise as condiments, but you can add to or replace them with your personal favorites, making for a scrumptious lower calorie burger substitute.

Per serving: 446 calories, 30 g fat, 8 g protein, 2 g fiber

7) Skewered chicken tenders bastedwith pesto oil by Diane Morgan

Have kids coming to your next cookout? Here’s a surefire kid-friendly recipe. You can use either store-bought or homemade pesto. Serve with some grilled vegetables to make it a nutritious meal.

Per serving: 326 calories, 18 g fat, 37 g protein, 0 g fiber

8) The big beef burger stuffed with blue cheese by Diane Morgan

The burger is considered to be one of the most American dishes out there. This recipe makes it even more delectable (and possibly more American) by putting a surprise in the middle: blue cheese. This burger will cure any good ol’ cookout craving, guaranteed.

 Per serving: 620 calories, 40 g fat, 38 g protein, 2 g fiber

9) Summer fruit, elderflower and prosecco jelly by Jamie Oliver

This grown-up sweet is perfect for family potlucks and get-togethers. And it’s as good for you as it is delicious. Berries are rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fiber, and just one cup contains 50 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C intake. Per serving: 187 calories, 1 g fat, 4 g protein, 12 g fiber

10) Chocolate chip ice cream sandwich cookies by Rosemary Black

Another American classic, this is a great way to take a break from the heat. You can prepare them well in advance, and store them for up to two months in the freezer. Making them could also be an activity to keep the kids busy, but kids and grownups alike are sure to enjoy them. Per serving: 258 calories, 4 g fat, 3 g protein, 2 g fiber

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