Easy Summer Recipes

Summer is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a cookout? Here are some suggestions for great meals you can enjoy all summer long—without a lot of hard work.

Burger, King of the Grill

Burgers rule supreme in the summer time, and it’s no wonder why. Turkey, veggie, lamb, sliders, the possibilities go on and on. Whatever kind of mood you’re in, there’s a burger to suit your taste buds. Check out these ten burger ideas—though there’s plenty more where that came from.

Baked Beans with a Twist

What’s a cookout without baked beans? Turn your usual side dish into the main event—or at least a fancier companion—by adding sausage, vegetables like collard greens and other spices to make your meal that much better. Beans work in a variety of recipes, so you can incorporate this easy-to-make ingredient throughout your summer.

Two Meals in One

We’ve all had macaroni and potato salad. But have you ever had BLT pasta salad? It’s more than a sandwich, and much more than those simple macaroni salads with some chopped celery and carrots. If you’re looking for a light meal with a short prep time so you can enjoy the summer weather, give this recipe a try.

Easy Mexican Cuisine

If you can cook a grilled cheese, you can cook a cheese quesadilla! All you need is some tortillas, plenty of cheese of your choosing, maybe some salsa for the side, and a frying pan. Cook your quesadilla just like a grilled cheese, but be a little more cautious of burning your tortilla. Toss a salad or heat up some Spanish rice on the side, and you’ve got yourself a meal better than Taco Bell.

All-In-One BBQ

Kebabs are glorious. Little prep time—especially if you buy them pre-made—and not many additional ingredients needed. Choose your veggies, often peppers and onions, your meat, and a seasoning or BBQ sauce of choice and you’re ready to fire up that grill.

It’s not Delivery, It’s Fresh From the Oven

When you’re feeling lazy, you may be tempted to order some pizza. Save yourself the wait and money, and make fresh calzones at home with refrigerated pizza dough. Combine whatever ingredients you want on the dough, do a quick roll, and presto, dinner’s ready in 20.

Don’t waste half your summer slaving over the stove. Find the food staples, give them a twist, and you have a nice summer meal on your hands. Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated or make you break a sweat—that’s what the summer sun is for. Happy cooking!


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