Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a nice meal outside with family and friends! Below are some of my family’s favorite recipes for the perfect summer meal. While burgers and hot dogs are a staple after a long day at the beach, here are some new and super easy meals to think about for your next BBQ.
Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
This is my ultimate summertime meal and is so easy to make. First marinate the chicken, the longer the better, sometimes my family will marinate the chicken for a few days before a BBQ. I suggest marinating in Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian. Once the chicken is marinated it is ready to grill. I put american cheese on my chicken and put it on while it is still on the grill to let it melt into the chicken. Then I take a hard roll, from Chaves Bakery in town, with lettuce and some dressing (an aioli or mayo) and then put the chicken on the roll and voila, the perfect summer meal.
Chicken/ Steak/ and Vegetable Kabobs
Kabobs are so quick and easy to make and the cleanup is minimal. Kabobs are a perfect weeknight meal as well as delicious and healthy.
For vegetable kabobs, I like to use zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, and mushrooms. But for the best flavor, I suggest putting the dressing on the vegetables after they are grilled because they absorb the dressing better when they are hot. For the chicken kabobs I usually grill them for 7 minutes on each side and then for the steak kabobs I grill them for 9 minutes. I included below the marinating recipes for the chicken and the steak.
I like this recipe for marinating the chicken and the vegetables https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/grilled-chicken-kabobs/ , it is delicious!
For the steak marinade I like this recipe https://www.averiecooks.com/grilled-steak-kabobs/
My family loves this dip with strawberries! It is addicting and everyone who tries it always loves it. It is perfect as an appetizer or a dessert and only has 3 ingredients; Jell-O French Vanilla Instant Pudding mix, honey, and sour cream. It is a quick recipe and takes about 5 minutes to make. You put about 3 scoops of sour cream, half a packet of the instant pudding mix, and drizzle the honey over it. Then you mix! If you want it creamier then add more sour cream.
Hope you enjoy some of these favorite dishes at your next Barbeque!