Summer Bounty

July 1, 2014

Summer is a great season for keeping meals light with its bounty of fresh seasonal foods. And there are plenty of delicious dishes that are light eats for hot weather and perfect for dining al fresco the whole summer.

For starters, you can lighten up traditional summer meals by integrating lots of the season’s freshest vegetables. The Las Palmas Vegetarian Enchiladas, for example, can be a perfectly filling lunch option. Lightly sautéed carrots, zucchini and summer squash can be a refreshing substitute for meat or cheese, and provide a fun twist on a tasty classic. Bathed with savory green sauce, these enchiladas will have everyone asking for veggie seconds.

Burritos always make for appetizing, carefree meals. With almost anything under the sun wrapped in a warm flour tortilla, the options are endless for this family favorite. During the summer, keep your burritos light but flavorful by serving them norteño-style. This northern style or “wet” burrito is unique because of its generous douse of red sauce over the top. It’s the perfect one-handed meal for a picnic or watching fireworks this Fourth of July.

Poultry is always a great option for keeping a meal light any time of day, especially during warm weather. And what better way to make it than on the grill accompanied with rice and vegetables. The trick to juicy and flavorful chicken is marinating. One simple recipe is Pollo Las Palmas, which uses lots of garlic cloves, cumin, oregano, lime juice, onion, olive oil and Las Palmas Green Enchilada Sauce as a marinade. Once marinated overnight, grill the poultry 5 minutes per side, weighed down, then roast in the oven for 12 minutes to finish cooking through. Pollo Las Palmas will be the tangiest chicken meal to remember this season.

The key to fresh summertime meals is leveraging flavor in all stages of the cooking process. With a few simple ingredients – lots of summer vegetables, citrus, herbs and Las Palmas Sauces – you can prepare meals in a flash that will leave you plenty of time to enjoy what really matters during the summer.