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Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Make the most of in-season fruits and vegetables with these quick, easy and healthy recipes for your family. Chicken skewers, pasta, smoothies and more!

By Today's Parent

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Summer produce

Market fresh

A visit to the farmers’ market (field trip!) for locally grown produce provides a wealth of meal inspiration.


We could hardly decide which ingredients to use in our farm-to-table recipe roundup...click on to see what made the cut!

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Buffalo Wing Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

This buffalo wing shrimp recipe is a healthier take on the traditional chicken recipe, and is so easy to make. There’s even a ranch-style sauce you can whip up. Crisp fresh lettuce and sweet corn (see next slide) are the produce stars!


Get the recipe here: “Buffalo Wing” Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Corn and Bacon Hash

Tired of corn on the cob? Slicing it off and sautéeing it makes for a different taste (especially when cooked with bacon!).


This works as a dinner side dish, but you could also serve it for breakfast—just scramble or fry up some eggs to go with it.



Get the recipe here: Corn and Bacon Hash

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Beet and Carrot Latkes with Summery Bean Salad

Kids will love this colourful twist on traditional latkes using beet and carrot. Try serving the latkes with this our gluten-free, vegan and healthy bean salad, which is great for dinner, packed lunches and picnics.



Get the recipes here: Beet and Carrot Latkes and Summery Bean Salad

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will lovePhoto: Andrew Grinton

Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

Fresh juicy peaches, vanilla yogurt and a little orange juice come together to turn a favourite frosty treat into a healthy breakfast. In fact, any leftovers can be frozen in a popsicle mould for an afternoon indulgence.



Get the recipe here: Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will lovePhoto: Andrew Grinton

Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale and Red Pepper Pesto

This vegetarian pasta with kale and red pepper pesto recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes, and is packed with fibre and healthy vegetables.


Get the recipe here: Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale and Red Pepper Pesto

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Tandoori Pork Tenderloin

This tandoori pork recipe uses an Indian-inspired yogurt marinade to keep the pork both flavourful and juicy, without being spicy—so kids will love it.



Get the recipes here: Tandoori Pork Tenderloin

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Peach and Tomato Salsa

Looking for a quick and easy way to jazz up your grilled chicken, steak, fish or pork (like the Tandoori Pork Tenderloin you just saw)? This gluten-free salsa is the answer. It shines the spotlight on fresh summer fruit!



Get the recipe here: Peach and Tomato Salsa

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers and Watermelon Cucumber Salad

These gluten-free honey-glazed chicken skewers are perfect for grilling outside during summer, or on a grill inside during cooler months.


As for the salad accompaniment, don’t be afraid to add fruit to your dinner menu for variety. Fruit and veggies are in the same food group for a reason!



Get the recipes here: Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers and Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

Blueberry Hand Pies

Make the most of blueberry season with these portable homemade pastries (just right for camping adventures and road trips!).



Get the recipe here: Blueberry Hand Pies

Summer produce: 11 healthy recipes kids will love

This article was originally published on Jul 18, 2016
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