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Quick and Tasty Summer Recipes

Quick and Tasty Summer Recipes

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Source:  Meals Matter –

Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: Less than 15 minutes
Number of Servings: 4
Special Features: Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes)

1 (31/2-ounce) bag Boil-in-bag long grain rice
2 tbsp Olive oil, divided
2 pounds Peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, salt-free
1 tbsp Bottled minced garlic
1 cup Frozen bell pepper stir-fry, thawed (such as Bird’s Eye) or fresh vegetables
1/4 cup Chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon Dried thyme
1/2 Canned Italian-style chopped tomatoes, undrained
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Black pepper

1. Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
2. While the rice cooks, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the shrimp with Cajun seasoning, toss to coat. Add shrimp to pan, sauté 4 minutes or until done. Remove from pan, keep warm.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, sauté 30 seconds. Add the pepper stir-fry, green onions, and thyme, sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in cooked rice, shrimp tomatoes, salt, and pepper and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 354
Total Fat: 9.8 g
Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.8 g
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Protein: 37 g
Calcium: 106 mg
Sodium: 658 mg
Iron: 5.3 mg
Fiber: 1.1 g


Cucumber & Tomato Tangy Yogurt Salad

Source:   Meals Matter –

This is a very refreshing salad that has a lot of taste and texture. The yogurt dressing makes it low-fat and very healthy!

2  Large vine-ripe tomatoes
1  Large cucumber
1  Green onion
3 tsp  Sunflower seeds
2 tbsp  Rice vinegar
3/4 cup  Plain nonfat yogurt
Salt/pepper for flavor

Serving Size: 1 Cup

1. Slice vegetables to preferred size.
2. Place vegetables in large bowl and toss in the sunflower seeds.
3. Mix together vinegar and yogurt. Pour over salad.
4. Add salt/pepper to taste.

Nutrient Information
Calories 119
Total Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Carbohydrates 20 g
Protein 8 g
Vitamin A 1250 IU
Vitamin C 35 mg
Calcium 169 mg
Sodium 61 mg
Fiber 4 g


Watermelon Sorbet

Source: Meals Matter –

Total Preparation Time: Less than 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: No Cooking Required
Number of Servings:  4 servings
Special Features: Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes)

5 c Watermelon, seeded and cubed
2 tbsp Sugar (or Sugar-Free equivalent)
2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice

Process all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. (If the sorbet freezes so that it’s too firm to scoop, let it stand at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.)

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Nutrition Information
Calories: 90
Carbohydrates: 20
Protein: 1
Sodium: 4
Fiber: 1