Tag: summer recipes

Take 5: Big Batch Recipes for Weeknight Meals

by in Recipes, View All Posts, August 20th, 2017

Cooler Shrimp BoilPutting together a meal for a crowd doesn’t have to be reserved for the weekend. Have friends over — or embrace leftovers — with these recipes that feed more than four. Gather six to eight of your favorite people around the table. Dinner is served in an hour or less. Read more

Ice Pops That Prove Molds Aren’t Everything

by in Recipes, View All Posts, August 7th, 2017

Chocolate-Peanut Butter PopsSoak up the last month of summer with sweet, frozen treats. All you need are ingredients in your pantry and fridge — no special molds required. From ice cream to fruit, these ice pops will satisfy any sweet tooth through the final scorching days. Read more

The 4 Types of Tomatoes, and How to Use Them

by in How-to, Recipes, July 31st, 2017

This is the time we dream about all year long: ripe, juicy summer tomatoes in myriad colors and sizes are exploding from backyard gardens, farmers markets and ordinary grocery stores alike. But with thousands of varieties out there, it can be tough to suss out the best way to use one from another. Here are the four basic types of tomatoes, and the best ways to maximize their height-of-summer flavors.

 

Cherry & Grape

Generally speaking, the smaller the tomato, the higher its sugar content — and the sweeter its flavor. That’s why cherry, grape and pear varieties including classic red ‘Sweet 100,’ bright orange ‘Sungold’ and deep purple ‘Black Cherry’ are perfect for popping in your mouth raw. They can be so sweet and colorful, in fact, that you might just see your veggie-adverse kid gobble them up like candy.

You can also simply roast them the oven (make a big batch and toss some in the freezer for winter months), or throw them into pasta with other summer M.V.P.s like corn and basil. Or, thread them onto skewers and toss them on the grill solo, or with fish, chicken or steak. Read more

Take 5: Summer Slow Cooker Dinners

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 30th, 2017

Turkey Mole TacosA workhorse during winter months for stews, chili and hot cider, slow cookers are often forgotten during the warmer months in favor of outdoor meals cooked on the grill. But then reality kicks and you realize that grilling on a Tuesday night is not as much fun as you planned because you’ve got a packed evening and an even busier rest of the week that you need to prepare for. Enter your slow cooker, back in action and ready to save the day. The best part? No stovetops or ovens involved, so your kitchen will stay cool even though the meal is hot.

Take back your weeknights and with some classic slow cooker meals that are perfect for summer nights. All of these recipes can be prepped in less than 40 minutes and practically cook themselves in the slow cooker. Stay one step ahead and prep the ingredients in the bowl of the slow cooker the night before, then store in the fridge and place into the slow cooker housing in the morning before you leave.

Turkey Mole Tacos (pictured above)
Moles are traditional Mexican sauces made with chiles and chocolate, and about 20 other ingredients and a fair amount of patience to make. Achieve the authentic flavor with just 15 minutes of prep work and let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting in this shortcut meal. Read more

7 Grilled Meals You Can Prep Ahead of Time

by in Recipes, July 21st, 2017

Slow-Grilled Chipotle ChickenThe best part about hosting a cookout is socializing with friends and family around the grill. You don’t want to be stuck inside cooking different parts of the meal when guests arrive, which is where prepping ahead comes into play. Choose meals that you can prepare in advance, so the only thing that needs to happen when you want to eat, is check on whatever is grilling. A little bit of prep work takes the stress out of summer dinner parties and makes these grilled meals a cinch to cook.

Slow-Grilled Chipotle Chicken Tacos (pictured above)
Make-your-own meals are the key to success for a stress-free party. This chicken gets a half-hour marinade and then cooks low and slow, so get started on the prep work about 2 hours before anyone is going to show up. When you’re ready to eat, heat up tortillas and scallions on the grill and carve the bird.
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Beyond the Cookout: 9 Ways to Grill Breakfast, Lunch and Dessert

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 14th, 2017

Grilled French Toast Foil PacketsThroughout the summer the grill is the center of attention during dinnertime over the summer for cookouts and parties, but there’s no reason to shy away during the earlier parts of the day or a non-occasion. Whether you’re out by the pool, camping or just enjoying the warm weather, using the grill keeps you near the action and minimizes on clean up (see ya, pots and pans!). Spend the day outside and grill up some breakfast, lunch and dessert.

Breakfast:

Grilled French Toast Foil Packets (pictured above)
Who knew breakfast on the grill can be healthy, taste indulgent and no-fuss all at the same time? Individual foil packs (use the non-stick kind for this) are a fun way to serve and best of all, no plates to clean up. Read more

9 Make-and-Take Lunches to Get You Through Summer Weekdays

by in In Season, Recipes, View All Posts, July 11th, 2017

Peanut Soba Noodles with Vegetable SaladWe wish we could eat ice cream and lobster rolls on the boardwalk every day throughout the summer, but for the most part, we’re stuck behind a computer doing the same stuff we do for the rest of the year. And when we do go on vacation, we find ourselves over-indulging and over spending . Give your taste buds and your wallet a break from the overload with some weekday lunches you’ll actually be excited to dig into.

Peanut Soba Noodles with Vegetable Salad (pictured above)
No microwave necessary to dig into this cold noodle salad. Protein-packed peanut butter and soba noodles mean this vegetarian lunch will keep you full through the 3 p.m. slump. Read more

Grilled Salads that Prove a Little Char Goes a Long Way

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 11th, 2017

Grilled Salmon Cobb SaladDinner salads and grilling are summer staples. Put them together and you get a winning dish that brings all the best flavors of the season together. Break out your grill master skills on a warm night and turn your favorite salad into something a bit more special. Read more

Take 5: Lighter Summer Dinner Recipes

by in Recipes, July 9th, 2017

Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint SauceSummertime means chowing down on hamburgers and pasta salad at cookouts and big bowls of ice cream to beat the heat. It’s all fantastic and delicious until you wake up Monday morning and realize you are actually craving lighter fare that won’t leave you feeling heavy and bloated. Enjoy these five easy-to-make weeknight dinners that won’t wreck your beach bod and, best of all, take less than an hour to get on the table.

P.S. If you’ve already got the grill going, you may as well make your sides on there as well — try grilled veggies, corn on the cob or sweet potato fries to round out your healthy meals.

Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce (pictured above)
No marinade necessary for this delicious chicken, just brush a balsamic-honey mixture over the chicken breasts as you grill. Make it look like you know what you’re doing with a frozen pea-based sauce for serving on the side. Read more

5 Packable Dishes that Survive a Day at the Beach

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 7th, 2017

Camping MuffulettaBeach days are full of sandy toes, fun in the sun and, well, soggy sandwiches. It’s time your snacks matched your good time. That means pressed sandwiches that get better with time, fresh slaws and simple desserts packed in a cooler ready to stay out until the sun goes down. Here are some ideas to eat well at the beach all day. Read more