4 simple, healthy, summer recipes for your whole fam

We love summer. Here in Michigan, we take full advantage of the 12-ish weeks of sunshine and heat we get. And as the weather heats up, our taste buds look for lighter, fresher, healthier options to combat the inevitable food coma that comes along with a heavy meal.

We’ve got four of favorite recipes that come together quickly, have fresh flavors, and are light enough to fit into your healthy lifestyle.

Honey-Lime Chicken with Pineapple SalsaGrilled Honey-Lime Chicken with Pineapple Salsa Recipe


  • Juice of 4 limes, divided
  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • kosher salt
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 c. chopped pineapple
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Marinate and grill the chicken, then stir together the salsa – and dinner is served.

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Corn and Summer Veggie Saute

Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (about 4)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh okra (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1)
  • 1 finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Chop, saute and sprinkle is all this takes.

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Extra-Juicy Turkey Burgers


  • 2 avocados, divided
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. plus ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp. Sriracha, divided
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more
  • ½ medium red onion, divided
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for greasing
  • 3 cups very thinly sliced red cabbage (from ¼ medium head)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, divided
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted

Avocados mixed with ground turkey add fat and flavor to an often bland turkey burger.

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Unicorn SmoothieUnicorn Smoothie


  • 1½ cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 1½ cups low-fat vanilla yogurt, divided
  • 3 large bananas, divided
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries or blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries or strawberries
  • Star fruit, kiwi, mixed berries and chia seeds for garnish

Don’t forget your fruits with this adorable and tasty unicorn smoothie. Substitute almond or coconut milk to lower the dairy.

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