The tomatoes are beginning to ripen, their plump red flesh whispering promises of the juicy sweetness within. The basil plants are full, green limbs reaching towards the warming sun. The sultry air forbids the oven or meals prepared over a hot stove, asking instead for cool and simple meals that can enjoyed in the shade.
One of my favorite summer meals is a higher protein version of the ubiquitous caprese salad followed with some fresh blueberries. This meal is light yet filling and takes almost no time to prepare. By replacing the usual mozzarella with cottage cheese, the protein is increased and the fat, decreased.
Higher Protein Caprese Salad
3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
6 basil leaves
a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
Caprese salad made with 2 oz mozzarella: 242 calories, 13 grams fat, 16 grams protein
Caprese salad made with 3/4 cup lowfat cottage cheese: 194 calories, 5 grams fat, 22 grams protein
1 cup blueberries: 83 calories of complete yumminess:)