13 Quick and Easy Summer Meals

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Grilled Chicken Sandwiches and Hamburgers with different toppings

Mealtime is more fun in summer, isn’t it? We naturally want to eat lighter and the food is bursting with fresh flavors. Eating summer meals outside in the fresh air and sunshine seems to make everything taste better.

You don’t have to miss out on any of the pleasures of summer eating. The Nutrisystem menu is stocked with many choices that are just right for the season. Even better, Nutrisystem meals and snacks are simple to prepare so you don’t have to spend hours in a hot kitchen and you still get to enjoy warm, satisfying food on busy summer days. Here is a baker’s dozen of quick and easy summer meals for you to try.

1. Classic Hamburger

Classic Hamburger

Burgers are summertime favorites and with this real beef patty, you don’t have to pass up on them when you’re losing weight. Our Classic Hamburger has that fresh-off-the-grill flavor and comes on a perfectly soft whole-wheat bun. Make it a “deluxe” with a topping of lettuce, tomato and onions, and you get 14 hearty grams of protein and a serving of non-starchy vegetables.

2. Classic Tuna Salad

Classic Tuna Salad

Tuna salad is a light but filling lunch that you can enjoy on a sandwich, on top of a garden salad, or just with a fork. We make this version like your favorite deli does, with chunks of light tuna blended with real mayonnaise, onions, pickles and spices, plus diced water chestnuts for extra crunch. Our Classic Tuna Salad comes ready-to-eat in a freshness pouch and there’s no refrigeration required, so it’s perfect to take with you to work or on a picnic lunch in the park.

3. BBQ Chicken Burrito

BBQ Chicken Burrito

You get the best of BBQ and Tex-Mex in this plump BBQ Chicken Burrito. It’s stuffed with white meat chicken that’s slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Plus, it comes with black beans, brown rice and mozzarella cheese. It’s all wrapped up in a whole-wheat tortilla that lets you get a taste of all the ingredients in each bite. “This burrito is very tasty and filling,” says Gina, a Nutrisystem customer. “I use a teaspoon or two of low-cal salsa on top of it.”

4. Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Chicken sandwiches are all the rage at fast food restaurants these days. You can enjoy all of the goodness and none of the guilt with this Grilled Chicken Sandwich. It features a thick slice of chicken breast meat that looks and tastes like it just came off the grill and it comes with a hearty, whole-grain bun. This chicken sandwich is ready in minutes so it’s not only delicious, but faster than the drive-thru, too.

5. Café-Style Creamy Tomato Soup

Café-Style Creamy Tomato Soup

Tomatoes hit their peak in summer. This tasty soup is a simple and satisfying way to savor their flavor. One of our Restaurant Faves, it’s prepared café style with slow-cooked tomatoes, chicken broth, real cream and parmesan cheese. You can pair our Café-Style Creamy Tomato Soup with whole-grain crackers to make a filling lunch that will keep you going all afternoon.

6. Chewy Trail Mix Bar

Chewy Trail Mix Bar

Whether you’re hitting the trail for a summertime hike or just need a quick lunch on a busy day at work, the Chewy Trail Mix Bar is a fun and delicious way to fuel up. You get lightly salted cashews, almonds and peanuts, plus chewy raisins and crispies for extra crunch. The creamy milk chocolate base layer makes a sweet contrast to the nuts. Unlike standard granola bars, this version will keep you on the path to weight loss success.

7. Grain-Crusted Pollock With Vegetables

Grain-Crusted Pollock With Vegetables

If you’re hungry for a taste of the beach life, make yourself this hearty dinner no matter where you are. The Grain-Crusted Pollock With Vegetables starts with Alaskan pollock, a white, flaky fish with a mild flavor that’s high in protein. We bread it with 10 different grains that form a crispy coating around the tender fish. The meal comes complete with carrot coins and broccoli florets for a serving of non-starchy vegetables, plus roasted, red, skin-on potatoes, so all the sides are included.

8. Chicken Bianca Pizza

Chicken Bianca Pizza

Pizza can be the heart of an easy summer meal, like this Chicken Bianca Pizza dinner. The white-meat chicken and crisp, whole-wheat crust fill you up without weighing you down. It’s topped with fresh mozzarella, sharp asiago, ripe cherry tomatoes and spinach, plus a light cream sauce that bathes it all in rich flavor. The 30 grams of hearty protein will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.

9. Mac and Cheese with Turkey Sausage

Mac and Cheese with Turkey Sausage

he foundation of our mouthwatering Mac and Cheese with Turkey Sausage starts with perfectly cooked macaroni pasta. Each velvety pasta shell is generously coated in a rich and creamy cheddar cheese sauce that oozes with flavor. To enhance the indulgence, we carefully incorporate delicious chunks of savory turkey sausage, adding a satisfying and hearty element to this bowl of pure comfort. Dive into this irresistible dish and experience a symphony of textures and flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

10. Mediterranean Flatbread

Mediterranean Flatbread

You don’t have to travel anywhere to enjoy the kind of flavorful meal you’d get at a beachside café along the Mediterranean. Just make yourself this Mediterranean Flatbread, which is kind of like a pizza with different toppings. It starts with a crunchy, chewy crust made from quinoa, the super-nutritious grain. We pile it up with feta cheese, black olives and tangy tomatoes so that every bite is a trip to your happy place.

11. Bourbon Style Chicken

Bourbon-Style Chicken

This all-in-one dinner is sure to satisfy a craving for a hot and hearty meal. Our Bourbon Style Chicken features tender chunks of seasoned chicken, roasted potatoes and crisp vegetables. It’s all tossed in our sweet and tangy bourbon-style sauce. It takes minutes to cook in a skillet and comes out sizzling good.

12. Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Pizza becomes a star of summer when it’s made with the seasonal flavors of fire-roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and real mozzarella cheese. The base of our Margherita Pizza is a whole-grain crust that’s chewy and crunchy. Best of all, this is a personal pie so you can eat the whole thing and stay on track to your weight loss goal.

13. BBQ Seasoned Chicken

BBQ Seasoned Chicken

Real barbecue treats your taste buds to so many flavors, from sweet and tangy to smoky and zesty. We make this authentic BBQ Seasoned Chicken with shredded white meat chicken that’s moist and tender after slow cooking in a rich and tasty sauce. You can enjoy it on a whole wheat wrap or roll, just like at your favorite BBQ joint. But you don’t have to wait to go eat there because this dish is ready in minutes anytime you have a craving.

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