Imagine this scenario: it's a warm summer night and you want to get dinner on the table so you can a) head back outside; b) relax in the A/C after another brutal day in the heat. Either way, what you don't want to do is spend hours upon hours in the kitchen.
We have the solution: one trip to the kitchen, and two steps to dinner. And that’s it. We've hand-picked 10 of our favorite paired-down recipes. And while they may be simple in execution, they're packed with complex flavors. Check them out after the jump.
Stuffed Zucchini with Tomatoes and Mozzarella: Have a garden (or vegetable chiller) that's overflowing with ripe zucchini? Here's one way to use it up.
Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Orzo: Chowder in just two steps? Now that’s a winner. Get ready to take a heaping spoonful of savory flavors.
Broiled Fish with Summer Salad: Want a quick and easy meal? Impress your guests with light fish and a fresh summer salad.
Grilled Corn with Cilantro and Sesame: Grill and sprinkle. Grill and sprinkle. Say that a few times and before you know it, this snack will be ready to eat.
Stir-Fried Turkey in Lettuce Wraps: Adventure travel doesn't need to be an hours-long process. Take a far-off getaway with this quick Asian-inflected recipe.
Salmon with Mango Chimichurri: It's possible that chimichurri is the greatest sauce of all time (at least, it's up there!). This riff on the classic recipe gains a touch of sweetness from ripe mangoes.
Mushroom-Swiss Turkey Burgers: Healthier than beef burgers, these thick patties are still incredibly juicy. Topped with cheese and sauteed mushrooms and onions, this hefty meal does not skimp on flavor!
Goat Cheese and Mango Quesadillas: Need a quick crowd-pleaser? We can't think of a better way to win fans than with this crispy, cheesy, and every-so-slightly sweet quesadilla.
Creamy Orange Pops: Just like the orange creamsicles you know and love from childhood, these frozen treats are completely addictive (plus, they win serious nostalgia points!).
Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria: Tangy and bright, this is exactly the kind of drink you'll want to sip all August.