When it comes to summer dining, all you want when the hot weather rolls in is something fast and easy. These tasty bites come together in five minutes tops, without going anywhere near a stove. Parties, barbecues, simple hunger pangs—solved.
Spread each of 16 Belgian endive leaves with about 1 tablespoon goat cheese. Arrange a piece of smoked salmon on top of each, season with freshly ground pepper, garnish with fresh dill, and serve.
MAKES 16 SERVINGS Per serving: 47 cal, 3 g fat (1.5 g sat), 1 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 32 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 6 g protein
Fold together one 8-ounce package reduced-fat softened cream cheese with one 8-ounce package fresh goat cheese and the zest of 1 lemon. Roll cheese into 24 balls (about 1 tablespoon each), roll each in dukkah (about 1/2 cup total), and serve with crispbreads (such as Wasa Multi Grain Crispbread).
MAKES 24 SERVINGS Per serving (1 ball and 1/2 crispbread each): 82 cal, 5 g fat (2.5 g sat), 7 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 173 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein
Learn how to make a refreshingly sweet rosemary lemonade vodka cocktail:
In a food processor, puree one 15-ounce can drained and rinsed chickpeas with 1 avocado, 2 tablespoons tahini, 1 small garlic clove, the juice of 1 large lemon, and 1/4 cup water. Season with salt and pepper, spoon onto whole-wheat pita wedges, and garnish with sesame seeds.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS Per serving: (1/4 cup): 193 cal, 8 g fat (1 g sat), 27 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 197 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 7 g protein
Mash 1 avocado with the juice of half a lime; spread on 12 round tortilla chips, and top each with 1 shrimp. Divide among them 1/4 cup thawed frozen corn kernels, 1 seeded chopped chili, and 1/2 cup torn cilantro leaves. Serve with 12 small lime wedges.
MAKES 12 SERVINGS Per serving: 42 cal, 3 g fat (0.5 g sat), 4 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 46 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein
On each of 12 skewers, thread the following: a mini mozzarella ball wrapped in a basil leaf, a honeydew ball, a folded half-slice of prosciutto, a watermelon ball, another basil-wrapped mozzarella ball, and a cantaloupe ball. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
MAKES 12 SERVINGS Per serving: 90 cal, 6 g fat (3.5 g sat), 5 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 146 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 5 g protein