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June, 2012

Try some veggies on a skewer, brush with a little olive oil and place on a low grill until they are tender.

PineapplesFather’s Day is Sunday June 17, 2012. Father’s nationwide will be celebrating with their families with fun and plenty of food. Father’s Day is the beginning of the great grilling “season”, too. Melissa’s has some great ideas to help please dad on his special day of the year.

Try some veggies on a skewer, brush with a little olive oil and place on a low grill until they are tender. Everyone will love them. You can also grill some fresh fruit like pineapple, tomatoes, and grapes for an interesting combination. Fresh corn on the cob is a popular item to grill. Something different and delicious to grill is a whole eggplant. After the grill is off (charcoal barbecue), place a piece of tin foil on the grill, then a WHOLE eggplant. Do NOT puncture with any holes… this will keep the juices in. Keeping the lid on the grill, turn the eggplant about every 15 minutes, until it is completely tender. About an hour total. Once it is done, carefully remove and slice. It will be like butter! Sprinkle a little truffle salt on and you have a wonderful treat. YUM!

Serve the fresh fruit skewers with burgers, chicken or even veggie dogs! Add the freshly grilled corn, a green salad and you are all set. For your favorite salad, start with your favorite mix of greens; don’t forget about radicchio, spinach, arugula, and watercress. Toss greens together with fresh cucumber slices, tomato wedges and sprouts for a wonderful, light salad. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. For a heavier meal, toss with cold pasta (like penne, linguine or angel hair).

Soy GroundRight after Father’s Day every year is the first day of summer. Many schools are already out for the summer while others are just about done. This year, the first day of summer is June 20, 2012. Pool gatherings, beach outings and park picnics will be filled with snacks and foods. Make sure Melissa’s organic fruits and vegetables are included for a great way to create these summer snacks, salads and main dishes. Strive to eat five a day to stay healthy and trim. Substitute Melissa's meat alternatives, like vegetarian ground round, hot dogs and burgers to replace regular meat products. All are low fat with no cholesterol and have a great flavor. Use them to create fast, easy and healthy summer dishes. Enjoy your summer with the freshest fruits and vegetables available!