Summer is all about sun, fun, and food! So why not celebrate the warmer weather in style!
I curated a great selection of summer dishes for your next BBQ that are not only healthy, but taste yummy, too! These are all 17 Day Diet approved and won’t be an issue if you’re looking to either maintain or lose weight during the summer months.
These ideas range from main dishes to side dishes to desserts! There’s something for everyone!
Here are four different options to choose from. Depending on the cycle you’re on, feel free to swap out a protein (use beef rather than chicken).
If you’re grilling, rather than use the oven or stove top for some of these recipes, fire up your grill and have fun. If a recipe calls to make meatballs, make patties instead if it fits into your BBQ plans a bit easier.
These Chicken Caesar Kebabs are not only healthy, but a different way to serve ingredients you’d normally find in the form of a salad.
These are quick and easy, and also an elegant touch to a Summer BBQ.
If you’re using your grill, this recipe can be easily converted by making patties instead of meatballs.
The sauce is healthy and adds a nice zing to your meal!
Here’s another great chicken patty recipe you can use for either your outdoor grilling adventure, or play it safe and use a frying pan.
This recipe contains a family marinade that you’ll love, especially if you like your meat a bit on the spicy side.
The recipe is for one serving, but it’s easy to convert for a bigger party!
Here are a few ideas for side dishes, depending on which cycle you’re on.
If a recipe calls to bake the veggies, perhaps using skewers on the grill might be an option.
I curated a few summer salads to go with your meals. These are all cycle 1 friendly.
You can skip the chicken if you want this strictly as a side salad.
I personally love a great fruit salad for a sweet treat – use your favorite cycle 1 friendly summer fruits while they’re in season, such as red grapes, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and plums.
If you’re in Cycle 3, add in some kiwi, apricots and maybe a banana or two. If you’re not sure which fruits are allowed in each cycle, check out the 17 Day Diet Cycle Food lists to find out which fruits are approved.
However, if you’re looking for something savory with maybe a strawberry (or blueberry) on top, consider these yummy mini cheesecakes (cycle 1 friendly)
A special thanks to husband and wife team, Tom and Sandra N., for the photo of their kebabs at the top of this post!