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Refreshing & Light Summer Meals from the NEW Domestic Geek Cookbook, Meals Made Easy

As the weather starts heating up, chill out & keep cool with these refreshingly healthy summer meals made EASY! No need to spend an entire, precious summer day in the kitchen cooking (and sweating)… You can whip up each of these simple summer recipes in under 30 minutes!

And, if your summer schedule is filling up, they’re the perfect make-ahead meal prep recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These healthy summer meals are extra special for me—and especially easy to make—because they’re all from my dear friend Sara Lynn’s NEW cookbook: The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy!

There are over 100 simple healthy recipes in this beautiful cookbook, and you will definitely want to try them all. Luckily, it’s available right NOW in stores and on Amazon!

And to give you a taste of the deliciousness that’s in store, I’m sharing a sneak peek from the Meals Made Easy collection today. With summer right around the corner, I’ve chosen 3 deliciously easy summer meals to keep things light, wholesome, and refreshing on those hot summer days:

  • Chocolate chia vegan breakfast cookies for on-the-go mornings,
  • A watermelon cucumber salad with feta cheese for a cool and refreshing lunch,
  • And a nutritious one pot Mediterranean pasta dinner!
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NEW Domestic Geek Cookbook is Now Available!

Many of you know Sara Lynn as The Domestic Geek from her YouTube channel—you’ve probably seen us together in one of our many collab videos, or on Friday Night Supper Club—and she is truly the QUEEN of healthy meals made easy. (If you’ve seen any of her Dinner Made Easy videos or her Meal Prep Made Easy eBooks, you know what I’m talking about!)

And now she’s taken her genius for healthy-cooking-made-easy to a whole NEW level in her first-ever cookbook, The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy: A Fuss-Free Approach to Healthy Cooking. “Fuss-free” is definitely the TRUTH. There are more than 100 simple healthy recipes in this cookbook, most of which are 30 minute meals or 15 minute meals!

Sara Lynn and I have always connected over our mutual love of food, and we really align in our approaches to being healthy. To stick with a healthy lifestyle, both of us want and NEED healthy to be easy! And she shows you just how easy AND delicious healthy cooking can be in this new cookbook.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Sara Lynn & the entire Domestic Geek team!

Sara Lynn has wanted to develop a cookbook since she was a kid, and she’s put in years of hard work to make this dream come true. It’s an incredible collection of delicious healthy meals that you’ll genuinely enjoy eating, the book is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m so excited to share with all of you!

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What’s Inside The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy Cookbook

Inside Meals Made Easy, you’ll find over 100 tasty, healthy meals that are all unbelievably easy to make. And that’s the crux of any healthy lifestyle—finding ways to keep things simple and sustainable!

The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches, dinners, veggie dishes, and essentials, with loads of ideas for modifications to keep your healthy meals versatile. And, she’s included health values for every single recipe—vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, dairy-free, gluten-free—so it’s easy to find meals that suit your lifestyle.

I especially love that Sara Lynn dedicated an entire section of her book to exploring “What does ‘healthy’ even mean?” She talks about how ‘healthy’ is totally subjective—it means something different to each of us—and she shares some insights about what healthy means to her.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes:

Healthy means satiating. You can eat all the salad you want, but if you’re still starving when you’re finished, you haven’t done yourself any favors. Food is meant to nourish the body and the soul.

YES—this is exactly how I feel about health! And the recipes in Sara Lynn’s cookbook totally embody these ideals: nourishing, satiating, and SIMPLE. I guarantee that you’ll love the easy healthy meals in here, and I hope you’ll get your own copy of The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy—available in stores and on Amazon now!

3 Healthy Summer Meals from The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy

Healthy cooking does NOT mean sacrificing flavor, and there’s page-after-page of proof in Sara Lynn’s cookbook! Because these aren’t just easy recipes, and they’re not just healthy recipes—but every recipe is genuinely delicious.

There are tons of tasty and wholesome options to choose from in, and I honestly wouldn’t be able to choose my top ‘favorites’ even if I tried… So, to narrow down my choices, I went with a seasonal theme: here are 3 healthy summer meals from Meals Made Easy, perfect for those hot, busy (or lazy) summer days!

3 Healthy Meals Made EASY from The Domestic Geek!

Chocolate Chia Vegan Breakfast Cookies

For those action-packed summer days when you’re on-the-go or traveling, these chocolate chia vegan breakfast cookies are a life-saver! And, they’re a real taste-bud-pleaser—even for the little ones or picky eaters. Plus, not only is this a totally vegan breakfast cookies recipe, but it’s also gluten free AND grain free!

Instead of using flour or oats as the base, the Domestic Geek’s vegan breakfast cookies are made primarily of mashed banana, nut butter, and chia seeds. After soaking in water, the chia seeds act like a vegan egg substitute to hold the cookies together, while the cocoa powder and nut butter create an irresistible chocolaty, nutty flavor.

Using one of the tasty ‘mix it up’ options that Sara Lynn offers in her book, I adapted the recipe to make chocolate peanut butter breakfast cookies, and they are SO GOOD. Chewy, soft, and incredibly light—almost like a fluffy cake baked into breakfast cookie form!

They travel well for grab-and-go situations, and they’re an awesome meal prep breakfast option. Indulgent, chocolaty, and HEALTHY summer meals that you can make ahead of time, so they’re ready in the morning when you need them!

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Chocolate Chia Vegan Breakfast Cookies

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From The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy, p. 40 

Vegan, Gluten Free & Grain Free Healthy Breakfast Cookies Recipe

(I made Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies using one of Sara Lynn’s ‘mix it up’ flavor options!)

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

Chocolate Chia Vegan Breakfast Cookies

2 large ripe bananas
1 cup smooth natural almond butter (I used peanut butter instead for the ‘mix it up’ option!)
¼ cup chia seeds, soaked in ¼ cup water for 10 minutes
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder

Optional Mix-Ins

⅓ cup chopped peanuts (for ‘mix it up’ option)

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Feta

This watermelon cucumber salad is truly one of the MOST refreshing summer meals of all time! It’s so perfectly easy and simple to throw together, and it’s such a genius flavor combination.

For me, watermelon and cucumber are classic summertime snacks all on their own. But Sara Lynn has paired together in this watermelon cucumber salad, and they’re a match made in heaven!

Cool, hydrating, and sweet—with a fragrant burst of fresh mint and a satisfyingly savory bite of feta cheese.

You can toss this colorful summer salad together for lunch in just a few minutes, on even the busiest of days or when you’re just hanging by the pool. Or, prep a larger batch and you’ve got flavorful, light, EASY summer meals that are sure to please any crowd!

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Feta

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From The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy, p. 160

Refreshing watermelon and cucumber salad with feta cheese crumbles and fresh mint.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp honey
4 cups cubed watermelon
1 English cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
8-10 fresh mint leaves

One Pot Mediterranean Pasta

You’d better believe Sara Lynn makes the most of one pot dinners in Meals Made Easy. I mean, all of your ingredients go into the same pot and you’re left with just ONE dish to wash? Can’t get much easier than that!

This one pot Mediterranean pasta is warm and satisfying, but still so light and nutritious. And, you can have it ready in just 20 minutes—perfect for quick summer meals to feed the whole family! You can make this one pot dinner with any kind of penne pasta you like, but I went with whole-wheat for a whole-grain nutritional boost.

There’s so much scrumptious flavor AND plentyof wholesome veggies packed into this one pot pasta dish. Savory, deliciously balanced with the acidity of the tomatoes and red peppers, and a salty bite from the olives and feta cheese.

Serve it straight from your pot or Dutch oven after cooking, or enjoy the leftovers cold! It’s just as crave-ably tasty, and a refreshing option for serving up summer meals on those hottest of the hot days.

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One Pot Mediterranean Pasta

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From The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy, p. 200

Easy, healthy one pot pasta recipe, packed with nutritious veggies & salty-savory Mediterranean flavors.

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

4 cups vegetable broth
1 lb penne
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp Greek Seasoning (p. 230 in Meals Made Easy)
3 cups chopped baby spinach
½ cup chopped jarred artichoke hearts marinated in oil
¼ cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers
¼ cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese, for serving

Get Your Copy of Meals Made Easy Today!

If you enjoyed these healthy summer meals from Sara Lynn’s cookbook, share the love and show her your support!

The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy is now available in stores, or you can order your own copy online through Amazon.

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