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Jul 2, 2012 11:06 AM

Semi-healthy summer lunches and dinners.

Hi everyone. I'm new to these boards and this is my first post.
Normally, I eat whatever I want and don't think about consequences. But I have to admit I'm not as young as I used to be and it's started catching up to me.

So I'm trying to plan meals for this next week that are semi cheap, semi healthy, and semi quick. LOL.

Grilling is not an option this week sadly. My apartments banned grilling, which is terrible because I love grilled food. Are there any other good options for me? I also have to think about my boyfriend so it can't be so healthy that he won't touch it. lol.

If you have any of your favorite summer recipes to share (that don't involve grilling) I would really appreciate it. Lunch ideas as well.

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  1. Consider a cast iron grill pan.

    I'm eating a lot of zucchini ribbon salads and grilled meats (or grill pan cooked meats,) over salads right now- it's hot and I'm dropping weight like crazy eating this way!

    My honey is a diesel mechanic and he has no objection to eating this way- on occasion, when I think it's not enough calories for him, I'll make an additional side of potatoes, another veggie or side of rice for him. Usually, I just serve him larger portions than I eat.

    1. I make a low-calorie gazpacho that keeps a week in the refrigerator. The recipe makes a lot, about half a gallon. Process in Cuisinart 4 large peeled tomatoes, 1 peeled cucumber, 1 onion, and 1 green pepper. Don't puree them smooth, just chop them coarse. Add this to a 46-oz can of tomato juice. Season to taste with salt, garlic powder, cumin, hot chili pepper, and about 2 tablespoons each of vinegar and olive oil. Serve this ice-cold with crackers or croutons.

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      1. re: Querencia

        Gazpacho was my first thought, too. I like it with an egg salad sandwich on the side.

      2. When I'm sick of grilling, something I really enjoy in the summer is "taco salad". I use either romaine or red leaf lettuce and top it with black beans, cukes, fresh summer tomatoes, fresh corn off the cob, vidalia onion, jalapeno, avocado (and any other veg. you might have available or like)....then I make a cumin lime dressing (about 1/4 cup lime juice, cumin, 1 clove garlic, a little chopped cilantro, 2 tsp. sugar and olive oil to bring it together. Top the salad with grilled (or rotisserie) chicken, sauteed ground turkey or steak. I usually dress the salad individually so the leftovers aren't drenched the next day. Serve with shredded cheddar, sour cream if desired, fresh salsa and good tortilla chips. On a hot day it is such a tasty meal.

        Welcome to is a wonderful resource!!!

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        1. Honestly, almost anything you make at home is better/cheaper for you than going out to eat.

          I'm typically have leftovers for lunch and make sure to make enough to have them.

          But being it's summer, vegetables, fruit, and salads rule the menu. Like for instance cold soba salad with cucumbers and green onions. Another one would be corn and black bean relish with tortilla chips.

          1. cottage cheese on lettuce w/fruit (think stone fruits right now, or good old pineapple)

            cottage cheese/veggie salad (think sliced radishes, cucumbers)

            cold cucumber soup

            cool refreshing watermelon salad (lots of recipes on net, I don't use feta, I use ricotta salata)

            America's Test Kitchen BBQ mac salad (add chicken to make main dish)

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            1. re: laliz

              Cold cucumber soup so good, as does the ATF barbecue mac salad! I'm going to search for those. Will i be able to locate them on this site?