Pesto Grilled Summer Squash

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From Market to Table

Take grilled squash from ordinary to extraordinary with pesto and fresh garlic. Prepare as a side dish to share at a summer picnic or a no-fuss, easy dinner for a hot summer’s night.

Ingredients: yields 4 servings

  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 c. toasted pine nuts, (see Tip)
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 medium summer squash, sliced diagonally 1/4 inch thick
  • Canola or olive oil cooking spray

Tip: To toast pine nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. 


  1. To make pesto, combine basil, pine nuts, oil, parmesan, garlic, lemon juice and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Coat both sides of squash slices with cooking spray.
  3. Grill the squash until browned and tender.
  4. Top with pesto.

Nutritional Information:
Calories 115; Fat 10g; Cholesterol 1mg; Carbohydrates 6g; Protein 3g; Fiber 2g; Sodium 167mg; Potassium 371mg

Eating Well


Shades to Protect Your Eyes

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Exercising or Sitting Poolside

When it comes to style, you can wear pretty much any kind of sunglasses when sitting poolside, but if you’re exercising outdoors, there are certain qualities that can make your workout more comfortable. Choose sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays (UVA/ UVB), and opt for ones that are lightweight or polarized.

The shades listed here are great for exercising and stylish enough for the pool or beach.

$55 - Sunski ‘Seacliff’ 49mm Polarized Retro Sunglasses

$99 - Nike ‘Miler’ 65mm Aviator Sunglasses

$120 - Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses

$150 - Ray-Ban ‘Original Aviator’ 58mm Polarized Sunglasses



Farmers’ Markets in KC

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Fresh Produce is in Season

Support your local farmers and head to one of the many farmers’ markets in Kansas City this summer. From fresh produce and herbs to baked goods and handmade crafts, you’ll find everything made and grown by local farmers, growers and artists. You don’t have to wait for the weekend either. Many farmers’ markets are open during the week too.

City Market
Saturdays and Sundays
7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rain or shine.

Downtown Overland Park Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, April 9 - Sept. 24, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesdays, May 18 - Sept. 28, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Parkville Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, April 30 - Oct. 29, 7 a.m. - Noon
Wednesdays, June 15th - Sept. 14, Noon - 4 p.m.

Brookside Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, April 16 - Oct. 29, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Nov. 5 - 19, 9 a.m. - Noon.

View the complete list of farmers’ markets in the metropolitan Kansas City area.


Beware Tick-Borne Diseases

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New Lyme Bacteria Identified

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released findings of a new Lyme bacteria found in north-central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Whether or not you’ll be spending time in those states this summer, it’s always a good reminder to protect yourself and your family, especially now that the weather is warmer.

Lyme disease is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected black-legged or deer tick. It can cause fever, headache, rash and neck pain as well as nausea and vomiting.

Take precautions with these tips:

  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves around wooded areas.
  • Keep long hair tied back and wear a hat.
  • Use repellents with DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil.



Benefit from the Sun’s Rays Safely

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Ways to Protect Your Skin

Mentally and physically the warm sun has proven health benefits. And while the benefits are numerous, the key is to learn how to safely expose your skin to those UV rays.

Take note of these sun safety tips.