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10 Awesome Corn Recipes

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10 Awesome Corn Recipes

... Alyssa Saparcino:

Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Butter

Corn on the cob: the summer standby, the picnic partner, the barbecue bestie—OK, you get the point. This familiar finger food is elevated to new heights with chipotle-lime butter, a twist that adds a burst of flavor, along with a big dose of vitamin A, which promotes good eye health, thanks to the smoky chipotles.

Get the recipe: Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Butter

Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie

First thing you should know about this pie is that it's crustless. The succulent corn and sweet zucchini take center stage and form the perfect marriage with Swiss and mozzarella cheese. No need to feel guilty about indulging in another slice—zucchini (another in-season summer veggie) features lots of beta-carotene, which is great for healthy skin and eyes.

Get the recipe: Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie

Corn-and-Tomato Quinoa Salad

Ditch the idea that salads need to start with a layer of greens. Not only is this chilled grain-based salad hearty and healthy, it's also whipped up in just two (yep, 1, 2) easy steps. At only 340 calories, this option is a better bet than the same old salad bar with endless toppings and creamy dressings.

Get the recipe: Corn-and-Tomato Quinoa Salad

Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese

Look no further, we found the perfect appetizer for your next summer shindig. Already awesome goat cheese is whipped with cream cheese (go lighter with Neufchâtel) and roasted garlic, then smeared on a crusty baguette. Grape tomatoes with cancer-fighting lycopene, chopped fresh basil, and our star player, grilled sweet corn, top it all off.

Get the recipe: Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese

Herbed Corn and Edamame Succotash

Load up the grill with chicken, shrimp, and fish—this tasty side dish pairs well with them all. Fresh herbs such as basil and parsley top a mixture of corn, soybeans, and red pepper. Fun fact: Did you know red peppers are the most nutritious of the bell peppers because they stay on the vine the longest?

Get the recipe: Herbed Corn and Edamame Succotash

Simple Summer Corn Soup

Soup in the summer may seem a little counterintuitive, but you'll likely change your mind when you taste this light and fresh recipe. The best part? You can blend it for a creamy texture or leave it brothy for a heartier vibe. Potatoes bring richness that's familiar to soup, while almond milk and veggie broth make this dish perfect for those who eat gluten free or vegan.

Get the recipe: Simple Summer Corn Soup

Zucchini Corn Pancakes

These "pancakes" are not the breakfast variety, and they certainly aren't the heavy potato kind either. The genius duo of corn and zucchini teams up again in this recipe that looks and tastes indulgent without any of the guilt. Go even lighter by cutting back a bit on the cheddar cheese, or try a low-calorie option like goat cheese instead.

Get the recipe: Zucchini Corn Pancakes

Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad

Scoop this delish blend of corn, beans, tomatoes, and onion up like salsa with a crunchy chips or pita. Plate it with broiled salmon and long-grain rice, or just simply dig in as is. The added crunch is thanks to both toasted pine nuts and red cabbage. The colorful cabbage is loaded with free-radical fighting antioxidants—and because this recipe uses raw cabbage, you won't lose any of those good-for-you benefits during the cooking process.

Get the recipe: Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn

This is not your average pasta salad. And we have a feeling that once you try this version, you might never go back. Creamy fat-laden dressing or mayo is swapped out for an easy vinaigrette that uses pantry staples you probably already have on hand. Let the fresh and colorful ingredients shine, and enjoy this dish with guests. (Or don't. We don't judge.)

Get the recipe: Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn

Curried Corn and Crab Cakes

These meaty cakes are packed with fresh ingredients—onions, garlic, lump crab meat, fresh herbs, and of course, corn. Curry powder adds a surprising element and some bonus health benefits as well. Turmeric, a common component in curry, has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve digestion.

Get the recipe: Curried Corn and Crab Cakes

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