It’s summertime and the cooking is easy! With so many delicious foods in season, the only hard thing about serving up the perfect meal is narrowing down the choices.
Simple Summer Meals
Nobody wants to spend a warm day over a hot stove, which is why summer salads are excellent options for lunch and dinner—especially if you add chicken, steak or seafood. If you’re packing a picnic, it’s fun to combine classic favorites with interesting updates such as a BLT dip and pinwheel sandwiches, along with low-maintenance desserts that stay fresh all day long.
Great Grilling Recipes
Although burgers and hotdogs tend to be the most common grill foods, it might be time for a new spin on some old favorites, like barbecue hot dogs and stuffed burgers. Or, serve all the flavors of the season on one skewer with easy kabobs. If you prefer steak or seafood but worry that your grilling skills might not make the cut, a mouth-watering marinade is your key to success. And don’t forget to grill your side dishes, too! Grilled vegetables complement any summer meal perfectly…and keep all the cooking out of kitchen.
The Coolest Cocktails
While water is certainly the best way to stay hydrated in the sunshine, it’s so much more fun to cool off with a creative summer drink. For many people, iced tea is the official taste of summertime, but there are also plenty of occasions to keep the cocktails flowing. Non-alcoholic treats such as Watermelon Lemonade or an Orange Creamsicle Smoothie are refreshing options for kids—and a fun way to keep everyone in the summertime spirit!