Summer’s here, and it’s time to hang out in the yard by the grill. Check out the summer recipes in this blog to get started on those summer eats. Also check out
Cocktail Recipes from Movies & TV Shows for the adults at summer BBQs and Fun Recipes for Kids for kids who are bored during their summer vacation.
The best food to eat on a hot summer day is anything that is cool. Avoid turning on your oven, and don’t eat anything too heavy while hanging out in hot weather.
Iced tea: Brew your favorite tea. It’s a much healthier choice than soda. For an individual serving, you can brew a concentrated mug of tea and pour it over a glass of ice. Or, you can make a big pitcher for a group of people.
Agua fresca: Agua fresca is a great way to cool down. Agua frescas are simple; they include water, fruit and sugar. For a watermelon agua fresca, try the recipe pictured below from Whole Foods. All you need is some watermelon, agave nectar and lime juice. Watermelon is mostly water anyway, right?
Photo Credit: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/watermelon-agua-fresca
If neither of the above options float your boat, try fruit infused water or water with added cucumber and/or lemon.
Coleslaw: This classic side is theperfect addition to a grilled meal while hanging out in the backyard. It’s also light and mostly made up of veggies, so it’s perfect for those hot summer days. Try this recipe from Six Course Dinner, which includes carrots, golden beets, fennel, red cabbage, vinaigrette, mayo and green onion.
Photo Credit: http://www.sixcoursedinner.com/2012/06/summer-slaw.html
Guacamole: It’s not a cookout without some old-fashioned guacamole, right? Give Me Some Oven has a great recipe for a classic guacamole. You don’t have to add the jalapenos if you don’t like spicy food; but if you do love spicy food, be sure to add extra jalapenos. Enjoy guacamole with veggie sticks if you’re watching your carbohydrate intake.
Recipe Credit: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/italian-guacamole-recipe/
BBQ Ribs: We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for the first meal of ribs this summer. Julie’s Eats & Treats has a great recipe for Smokey Barbecue Ribs. These ribs are baked in the oven and smothered in a delicious sauce of garlic, 7-Up, brown sugar, honey, lemon juice and barbecue sauce.
Recipe Credit: http://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/2014/06/smokey-barbecue-ribs/2/
Hot Dogs: You can’t go wrong with a traditional hot dog at a summer BBQ. However, we recommend dressing up your hot dogs with some fun and unique toppings. Lay out a spread of condiments for your guests to enjoy with their hot dogs.
Ideas for hot dog toppings include:
-Mac and Cheese
-Picked Carrots, Cilantro & Jalapeno
For more information, check out 25 Hot Dogs that Went Above and Beyond via BuzzFeed.
What are your favorite summer recipes? Have a great summer and enjoy!