RECIPES: Easy, healthy summer dishes to make as a family

Culinary Health Education Program (CHEF) helps families learn about nutrition

SAN ANTONIO – The Culinary Health Education Program (CHEF) teaches children and families basic nutrition and practical cooking skills, with the long-term goal of motivating individuals and communities to adopt and sustain healthier eating habits. 

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Registered Dietitian, Katherine Bowen, shares three simple recipes you can make with your family.

Fun Fruit Pizzas
(4 servings)


  • 2 whole wheat sandwich thins or English muffins, split in half
  • 4 ounces low-fat plain cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon honey


  • Toast each round lightly.
  • In a small bowl, combine the low-fat cream cheese with the vanilla extract and honey. Stir well to combine.
  • Spread about a Tablespoon of the cream cheese on top of each sandwich round.
  • Top with a variety of fruits. Have fun and be creative!
  • Use additional toppings, if desired.

    Ranchy Dip
    (8 servings)


    • 1 cup plain low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
    • 2 Tablespoons dried chives
    • 1 teaspoon dried dill
    • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well.
  • Cover and store in the refrigerator at least half an hour before serving.

    Strawberry Lemonade with Chia Seeds


    • 1 liter of water
    • 1 cup of fresh strawberries, halved
    • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • ½ cup agave nectar
    • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
    • 2 tablespoons mint leaves, crushed


  • Combine water, lemon, strawberries, and agave nectar and blend.
  • Add chia seeds and mint.
  • Let sit for one hour before serving to allow the chia seeds to gel up.