Eat smart this summer with simply grilled mains, plenty of produce and fresh fruit desserts. These healthy recipes from Cooking Channel chefs will keep you feeling great all season long.

The Light Side

of Summer

Swimsuit season's a breeze with monster mushroom burgers, chicken skewers and low-cal potato salad.

 

Simple Slim-Down Recipes

Low-Calorie Summer Desserts

Grilled Bananas With Maple Creme Fraiche

Coax out bananas' natural sugars by grilling the halves, peel on, then serving them with a dollop of cream and fresh berries.

Grilled Bananas With Maple Creme Fraiche

More Light Sweets

Quick & Easy Skewers

Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers Recipe

Ellie Krieger pairs garlic, cumin and coriander-marinated chicken with grapes on these light, spicy-sweet skewers.

How-To: 10-Minute Chicken Skewers

More Skewer Recipes

MORE LIGHT SUMMER IDEAS

Summer Soups

Watermelon Gazpacho

Sip on chilled fruit- and veggie-filled broths to cool down during summer's height.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Taco Night

Shredded Pork + Pineapple Tacos

These recipes will keep your fiesta full of flavor (but with half the calories). Olé!

Pork + Pineapple Tacos

Skip the Mayo

Kelsey's Jicama Slaw Recipe

Add flavor and tang to slaws with lighter vinegar, yogurt or even tomato soup.

Kelsey's Jicama Slaw

Salad for Dinner

Antipasto Trifle Salad Recipe

When stocked with proteins and varied flavors, salads make great, filling meals.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Zucchini, 3 Ways

Grilled Zucchini Rolls With Herbs

The tender squash is equally tasty when served raw or baked to a crispy finish.

Grilled Zucchini Rolls

Meatless Mains

Corn Waffles With Ratatouille Recipe

Transform vegetables into French, Indian and Italian vegetarian-friendly fare.

Ratatouille Corn Waffles

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