Summertime is filled with fun activities from local festivals to neighborhood parties and vacations. These events always seem to have one thing in common - the wonderful food - which can be difficult to avoid with tasty temptations around every corner. However, by taking advantage of the season's best fruits and vegetables, you can treat yourself to some delicious dishes that are heavy on flavor, yet still waist-line friendly.
Even if you don't have a significant amount of time to dedicate to preparing dinner at home, there are easy ways to enjoy the summer goodness of fruits, vegetables and grilled meats. Believe it or not, you can create some amazing dishes without the grill thanks to these simple time-saving tips and recipes:
* If you're looking for a fresh and effortless recipe to bring along to upcoming summer get-togethers, try creating a flavorful summer wrap to keep guests satisfied. Summertime produce favorites like avocados, pineapples and pears go great with grilled chicken, taking only minutes to prepare to add a touch of summer to your recipe. Grilled chicken is a summertime classic, but it can be difficult to find the time to get the grill up and running. Make your life simpler and still impress party-goers with a grilled chicken taste by choosing fully-cooked items like delicious Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips, which are free from allergens like wheat and soy, and can be found in the refrigerated or frozen food sections of your grocery store. The following recipe for Chicken Avocado Pear Wraps blends sweet fruit and savory chicken for an easy dish for your next picnic or cookout.
Chicken Avocado and Pear Wraps
1 package Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Refrigerated Grilled Chicken Breast Strips, 6-oz. package
2 large whole wheat tortillas
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and julienned
1 small pear, julienned
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
Prepare Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips according to package directions. Spread each tortilla with cream cheese to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle evenly with chopped shallot. Arrange chicken in a line across center of tortilla, top with avocado and pear slices. Sprinkle walnuts over top. Roll up and tuck in the ends. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Slice in half for presentation.
* You might be surprised to know that you can create a delicious meal by using ingredients you already have in the kitchen. By being resourceful and checking to see what ingredients you have hidden away in the pantry or fridge, you can save yourself the time and hassle of running to the grocery store. This inventive recipe makes use of many common kitchen staples. Treat your taste buds to the flavors of a barbecue chicken sandwich in only a matter of minutes. Reach into the fridge or freezer for Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Fillets and start assembling this Rainy Day Honey Barbecue Chicken Sandwich.
Rainy Day Honey Barbecue Chicken Sandwich
4 Grilled & Ready Fully Cooked Frozen Chicken Breast Fillets
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 slices red onions, thinly sliced
4 sandwich buns
4 slices tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 slices pre-cut sandwich pickle
In small bowl, mix together ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, honey and garlic. Place chicken in microwave safe dish, top with red onion slices and cover with sauce. Follow microwave directions on product packaging to heat. Pile chicken and sauce on bottom half of sandwich bun and top with tomato, pickles, and top of sandwich bun.
Even with a busy schedule, you don't have to miss out on all the enticing flavors of summer just because you'd like to keep temptations in check. Instead, put these tips to the test and enjoy a better-for-you menu that is sure to keep you energized all season long.
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