It’s almost officially summer-time, which means it’s nearly the end of school, and this weekend also happens to be Father’s day.

Soon enough we will be surrounded by more time with our kids and plenty more family BBQ’s, which is great! But sometimes we get tired and sick of the same old burger and hotdogs routine. So here are some summer recipes that you can use this season to spice up your taste buds, leaving you both nourished and totally satisfied.

I did a segment recently on CHCH Morning Live, where I showcased some of my favourite new recipes for the summer time. Check it out (recipes are all listed below)!

Station One using the Philips Smokeless Indoor Grill

(a great Father’s Day gift for last minute shoppers)

Chicken Skewers
  •  I picked these up from our local market already marinated and skewered
Chili Lime Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 large American Non-GMO Sweet Potatoes, skinned and sliced into wedges
Marinade:
  • 1 whole lime juiced
  • 1/4 cup Organic Olive Oil
  • Chili Powder to your liking
  • Tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to your liking
  1. Evenly coat your sweet potatoes in a large bowl and let sit for 1-4 hours
  2. Spread on a cookie or stoneware bake sheet and cook at 400° for 25 minutes turning once.
Bean Rainbow Chard Salad
  • 1 can Eden Organic Black Beans, rinsed
  • 1 can Eden Organic Chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 – 3cups Rainbow chard, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup diced yellow peppers
  • 1/4 diced red onion
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  1. Toss all ingredients into a pretty serving dish or bowl.
  2. Top with Jenn’s Fave Dressing

Jenn’s Favourite Dressing

  • 1⁄3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Greek Inspired Sweet Potato Zucchini Pasta
  • 1 large sweet potato, spiraled
  • 1 large zucchini, spiraled
  • 2 large handfuls pea shoots
  • 1/2 cup goat feta cubed
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • Raw pumpkin seeds to your liking
  1. Take a handful of each noodle and plate how you like; maybe 1/2 on one side, 1/2 on the other or combine the two together
  2. Top with pea shots, feta and pumpkin seeds
  3. Sprinkle the chia seeds over the feta for a poppyseed look but with way more nutrient density
  4. I love to drizzle a little olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dried oregano, sea salt and pepper over this or shake it all up in a jar and pour over top.
  5. *You could also lightly sauté this dish and serve warm before topping with your feta and seeds
Station Three the TWO side salads and Hydrating Drinks
Watermelon, Cucumber, Basil, Feta Salad
I prep this differently each time in terms of quantities and measurements depending on how many people I am serving.
  • Cubed watermelon
  • Cubed cucumber
  • freshly stripped basil
  • cubed goat cheese feta
  1. Toss your watermelon and cucumber together
  2. Top with cubed feta and basil
Fresh Citrus Dressing 
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp each lemon and orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Strawberry, Cucumber, Pea Shoot Salad
I prep this differently each time in terms of quantities and measurements depending on how many people I am serving
  • Organic Spinach
  • Sliced Organic strawberries
  • Cubed cucumbers
  • Handful of Pea Shoots
  • Raw pecans
  • Hemp Seeds
  1. I love to serve this one over a bed of fresh vibrant organic spinach to get extra green power
  2. Pile your berries and cucumbers on top of your spinach
  3. Arrange your pea shoots, nuts and seeds to your liking
  4. Dress and lightly toss
I love using the same Fresh Citrus Dressing I posted above for this salad too!
Featured Drinks
Gingerberry Lime Kombucha – Purchased GT Kombucha brand and added 2 whole sliced limes.
Lemon Lime Basil infused water – Using fresh water and stacking the glass high with fresh cut lemon and lime wedges and topped with fresh stripped basil.
Spiced Ginger Kombucha – Purchased GT Kombucha brand and added 1/2 tsp nutmeg and fresh lime wedges.
Cheers to a Simplicious meal!!
Jenn Pike
Written by Jenn Pike
Jenn is a best selling author ~ The Simplicity Project, Holistic Lifestyle & Media Expert. Yogi. Mom. Wife. On a mission to educate the masses.