Cooking For Two: Staying Healthy During Wedding Season

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It’s wedding season! Which means many of you are spending weekend after weekend traveling far, drinking lots of champagne, and loading up on cake. To balance out these celebrations, we’ve put together some nutritious weeknight meal ideas to keep you feeling healthy all summer long.

The Drink
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During the week, start detoxing a little bit. Replace the wine or mixed drink with a simple lemonade or flavored water. You can easily make this drink the night before and have it waiting for you in your fridge (we love Iittala’s Ultima Thule Pitcher). For a fun citrusy drink you can make at home, try this Lemongrass and Lime Cooler Recipe.

The Appetizer
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Think light. Start your meal off with a simple summer salad. Avoid creamy dressings and fatty ingredients such as bacon. Include lighter cheeses and summer fruits. We love this Strawberry Balsamic Salad Recipe for a healthy summer appetizer. For serving, check out Royal Copenhagen’s Fluted Salad Bowl.

The Main Course 
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Fish is a great, healthy weeknight meal option. It’s easy to make, quick to cook, high in nutrients, and very flavorful.  If you’re short on time and don’t want to think too much about your dinner, just pick up your favorite fish at a local grocery store, dress it in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and bake. If you’re looking for something a bit more complicated, we love this Pan-Seared Halibut with Citrus-Jalapeno Salsa Recipe. To help you cook your fish perfectly, register for Emile Henry’s Flame Top Fish Baking Dish.

The Side Dish 
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Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables. Fresh produce is one of the greatest things about the summer months so take advantage of it. From grilled corn to roasted string beans, it’s hard to go wrong. Pick a vegetable that you love from your local farmers market and simply roast it. For something fast, easy, and full of flavor, try this delicious Grilled Shishito Peppers with Honey, Lime and Miso Recipe. To make your slicing and dicing easy, add the Kitchenaid Rotor Slice Stand Mixer Attachment to that list of kitchen accessory must-haves.

The Dessert 
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Ditch the heavy dessert and stick to berries and powdered sugar. If you are looking for something a little sweeter, try this Bruleed Plums and Apricots with Sweetened Yogurt and Toasted Pecans Recipe. Serve these delicious desserts in Denby’s Malmo Dessert Bowl, Set of 2.

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