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May 25, 2016
7 Perfect Summertime Recipes

7 Perfect Summertime Recipes

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer.  It’s time to get the deck furniture out of hiding, fire up the grill, and begin taking full advantage of what the season has to offer, including fresh fruit and vegetables, and being able to eat outdoors more often.

Set yourself up for the coming months with these top recipe picks that help you seize the opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather as well as the bounty of produce on supermarket shelves and at farmer’s markets.   

Make this for a quick and delicious dinner:

Marinated Grilled Chicken with Sour Cream Apricot Sauce 

Sour cream is in the marinade and the apricot sauce that tops this moist chicken dish that’s sure to become a family favorite.  

Serve this when company is coming:

Spring Salmon

Artichokes, asparagus, lemon, and dill combine forces to infuse the cream sauce in this delicious salmon entrée with the flavors of late spring and early summer. 

Prepare this for a lighter, fruity snack or dessert:  

Brown Sugar Fruit Dip 

This simple sour cream dip is ready in minutes. Include a variety of seasonal fruit, such as strawberries and peaches, for dipping and watch it disappear! 

Take this to a party: 

Banana Cream Pie

It’s easy. It’s elegant. It’s delicious. Everyone will rave about this creamy banana delight! 

Make this to feed a crowd:

Cool & Creamy Red Potato Salad

Red bliss potatoes, sour cream and bacon. Need we say more? Potato salad is a summer staple, but this version is top-notch! 

Grill this when you have the urge to eat fish: 

Swordfish with Tomato and Cottage Cheese Salad

Delicious grilled swordfish is made even better with the a salad that combines fresh vegetables and Hood Cottage Cheese

Whip up this patriotic dessert: 

Summer Berry Trifle

The name says it all! Pureed Hood Cottage Cheese ups the protein and calcium in this red, white, and blue version of a beloved dessert.


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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