I thought I would share some of my favourite healthy summer recipes with you. These should give you some great summer dinner ideas if you have got your garden summer-ready now and want to enjoy it with a meal outside or a BBQ.
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If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within these recipes in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe cards.
Salads are great for the summer dinner ideas but we don’t want to feel that’s our only choice, do we! Here are some healthy summer recipes I have enjoyed that may help you with some ideas for a healthy summer.
To ensure you stay on plan for the summer the best way is by meal planning. Not only is this cheaper and helps you to financially plan for the summer holidays but also means you have more money spare for holidays and will lose weight too.
Fruity savoury rice is vegetarian, great for a picnic and popular with everyone. It would make a great accompaniment to a BBQ or maybe to take to a buffet as your contribution?
If you are vegetarian this can be made with Quorn also with slight adaption in the recipe.
An easy chicken dish that is great either hot or cold in a salad.
Whilst it doesn’t taste like mayonnaise you could find this the perfect swap.
Easy to make and serve when you are ready after an afternoon in the garden!
Sometimes when you are trying to decide what to have for tea you just don’t fancy the usual boiled rice, pasta or potatoes.
This recipe for spicy potatoes may be just what you are looking for. Check out my potato guide for more potato recipes you might like.
Great with a salad, vegetarian and full of flavour. This lasagne is so good even meat-eaters will love it! Pop a handful of salad with it and you have a great summery meal.
This is lovely as a snack in the fridge or perhaps for a picnic. Quick and easy to make and popular with everyone!
This tasty roasted red pepper houmous is perfect as a dip with vegetable sticks for a buffet or in a burger with some rocket or roasted vegetables.
I absolutely love falafel for snacks, picnics or buffets all year round but especially in the summer.
This recipe is healthy and really easy to make. You won’t want to buy the high syn shop-bought ones again!
Easy to make but my way of doing them is the best by far! Whether you make crinkle cut chips, wedges or fries homemade chips are the best and so much healthier than shop-bought!
Vegetarian and really tasty hot or cold this couscous is great for work lunches and picnics. Alternatively, make a bowlful for a side dish at a BBQ.
My healthy lunch essentials
Salsa is a perfect addition to any summer recipe and this one is yummy and of course healthy too.
Stuffed peppers are always such a nice dish and great as a meal themselves or with some salad. I love them in the summer so why not try them too?
Sweet Potato Cakes
These sweet potato cakes are great with burgers or a chilli or just as a snack on their own. Versatile and easily adapted if you like lots of chillies or just a bit. Play around with the recipe and see what you like.
If you are making food for a whole family and some do not like spicy foods then you need sour cream. The usual version is full of calories so try this version for a healthy alternative.
Add some chopped chives to vary it a little if you fancy.
A lovely summery salad that takes a few minutes to make but fills you up properly! For an alternative, you could serve a bowl of this chicken at a BBQ with salad separately?
A family favourite summer recipe that is quick to make and great for a picnic or work lunch too.
A great summer pasta recipe with lemon zest to really make you feel fresh and summery.
These taste amazing and are the perfect veggie burger option for a summer BBQ or just a summer meal with some salad. You could leave the bun if you are cutting down on carbs or calories.
A favourite summer recipe for BBQs and buffets this coleslaw will be popular and healthier too.
Jacket potatoes, or baked potatoes, whatever you call them they are great summer food.
I love them so much I even wrote you a dedicated guide of healthy fillings for them!
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An easy recipe for mushroom pate that is perfect on any other healthy eating diet.
A tasty healthy version of your usual burritos that all the family will love. Made in a healthy way.
Vegetarian and tasty with lots of flavours but as it is not spicy it is great for all the family.
A great snack to keep in the fridge or take on a picnic. Delicious mini quiches, perfect for a meal or snack for all the family.
If you like a quiche but want a recipe that involves a bit of a crust then these mini pepper quiches are perfect.
If you like kebabs then this could be the perfect summer recipe for you! Combine it with wholemeal pitta bread for the healthiest version and salad on the side.
An easy tasty pasta salad recipe all the family will love!
A great veggie burger is full of flavour and perfect for summer BBQs and eating outside on a sunny day.
Team this with a wholemeal burger bun and you have a great meal choice.
This spicy rice is amazing and if you have not yet tried it you really should. A tasty summer recipe perfect for buffets, BBQ’s and picnics. If you are looking for a summery lunch for work then this is great for that too.
Making simple kebabs with tofu or chicken is great and this recipe uses a particular brand of sauces to marinate but you can make it any way you please.
Yummy courgette bakes perfect with tomato sauce and some salad as a summery meal or work lunch.
If you love cheesecake you will love this to add to your summer recipes. Perfect for a party or just a family meal with one of the tasty summer savoury summer recipes above!
This is a great way to have melon and make it a bit more fun than just a bowl of melon!
If you struggle to get your kids to eat fruit then maybe this would be a good option. Get them involved in making it with you and I am sure they will love it.
For a quick cheesecake type dessert, this is perfect. It is quick to make and fills that naughty cheesecake shape gap when you want a snack!
Easy for kids to make and tasty too!
Lollies made from Sugar Free Squash
Simple! Add some fruit to make them more fun!
Put a lolly stick in before freezing and you will love it.
Good to nibble on or add to a drink instead of an ice cube to go with your summer dinner ideas.
Sounds weird but is lovely! Don’t knock it until you have tried it
If you freeze low-fat or fat-free yoghurts they are tasty and still as healthy. Straight forward and healthier than ice cream.
Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I love it all year round but it is good for a summer party or picnic so give it a try.
This dessert is amazing for summer dinner ideas and not too bad on calories.
If reading this has made you hungry and you just want to click and order some tasty snacks then remember that you can get past this by finding something else to do.
Plan snacks for the next few days that fall within your plan using my guides. Perfect if you have a chocolate craving or just fancy a nibble!
There are lots of ideas in my snacks ideas guide and if you are peckish.
Healthy Summer recipes BBQ Tips
Marinate Quorn or a meat of your choice in your favourite spices mixed with a little fat-free natural yoghurt then put onto a skewer and BBQ for an easy summer meal idea. I have a full Healthy BBQ recipes guide to help.
Use large flat mushrooms slightly cooked on the BBQ instead of bread if you want to reduce calories.
To incorporate plenty of vegetables with your BBQ make vegetable skewers to cook on the BBQ too.
We love Teppanyaki grills for a BBQ.
I hope you enjoy trying out any of these summer recipes that you have not tried before and whatever the weather you can stick to healthy eating if possible. There are so many lovely recipes that can be made for picnics or BBQ’s there is no reason it should be hard and you can still lose weight and have a good time.
Planning for a healthy summer
If you want healthy food for a relaxing summer with lots of summer dinner ideas where you don’t put on the pounds I have some great summer recipes to help. Be sure to get out the BBQ and put rubs on meats, marinate tofu or get that charcoal in to ensure that you have a great time.
Whatever you do be sure to plan ahead because we all know that when the weather is nice no shops have BBQ foods in anymore and the whole of the supermarket is full of people with trolleys of bread rolls and beer. If the weather is a bit questionable there are plenty of cool summer meals to make in the air fryer to avoid putting the oven on or settling for a Mexican salad or Greek salad again!
A healthy summer means a little planning ahead to ensure you can stay on plan and still have tasty summer foods. That way you can always save calories, points or syns for favourites, mine are healthier chocolate or Jaffa Cake gin!
More you may find helpful
I have other guides to recipes with specific ingredients/diets so do go and have a look at those too. Recipes with chicken, vegetarian and vegan recipes, how to use quark and recipes with it, how to cook perfect rice and recipes with rice, butternut squash tips and recipes and many more just check out my recipes directory. Be sure if you check out anything though to look at the tasty desserts I share here.
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