In the summer, fresh produce is more readily available, and local farmers' markets are almost always fully stocked, making healthy eating easy and delicious. Three of summer's most popular picks are zucchini, tomatoes and corn. These vegetables are the foundation for savory dishes that are nutritious, low-calorie and low-fat - and the methods of preparation are endless.
by Alfred Portale
If you need a vegetarian option, consider this recipe. Just grill up an array of fresh summer produce, then toss with couscous and vinaigrette. It's easy and nutritious and packed with fiber and protein.
Per serving: 437 calories, 21g fat, 54g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 7g fiber
by Jamie Oliver
These tomatoes will satisfy a hunger for fresh summer flavor. It's a fairly simple dish to make with little preparation. If you want an easy-to-make appetizer that you can practically forget about while making the rest of the meal, this is a good fit.
Per serving: 153 calories, 5g fat, 25g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 3g fiber
by Nigella Lawson
Sicily comes to your kitchen in this summer pasta dish. This could easily be served as a lunch or dinner entree, and it's a good alternative to a tomato-based marinara sauce. Combine with a summer side salad for a filling meal.
Per serving: 261 calories, 8g fat, 39g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 3g fiber
by Sheila Lukins
Have a special occasion coming up that needs a great summer salad? Try this recipe, a breeze to prepare with impressive results, and it's rich in protein. This would also be a good choice for a light but luxurious lunch dish.
Per serving: 351 calories, 16g fat, 19g carbohydrates, 35g protein, 4g fiber
by Nina Simonds
Light and naturally a little sweet from the corn, this chowder is a healthy side dish. It is a bit involved in its preparation, so make it on a cooler day. It is said that fresh corn is good for the kidneys, giving you one more reason to chow down on this chowder!
Per serving: 109 calories, 1g fat, 18g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 3g fiber