12 REFRESHING DINNER DISHES PERFECT FOR HOT WEATHER

DINNER DISHES Good weather means grilling, family gatherings and lazy long days outside enjoying the summer sunshine. It also means you may not want to eat large servings or particularly hearty, heavy meals. This list is packed with fresh, light recipes perfect for serving at BBQs or with your family as you enjoy the grill and the summer sun. It’s also full of salads because, in my mind, BBQs don’t have to center around burgers, buns, and hotdogs. Stray from the ordinary and experience these delicious recipes that are sure to be seasonal favorites for the whole family!

DINNER DISHES

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

This dish caught my eye because it has pineapple – the best summer flavor there is! Plus it’s colorful, healthy, and easy to just throw on the grill and enjoy. Chicken paired with sweet pineapple, bell pepper, and tangy red onion. There’s even a marinade if you want to amp the recipe up a notch.

Shrimp Foil Packets

Good weather means grilling, family gatherings and lazy long days outside enjoying the summer sunshine. It also means you may not want to eat large servings or particularly hearty, heavy meals. This list is packed with fresh, light recipes perfect for serving at BBQs or with your family as you enjoy the grill and the summer sun. It’s also full of salads because, in my mind, BBQs don’t have to center around burgers, buns, and hotdogs. Stray from the ordinary and experience these delicious recipes that are sure to be seasonal favorites for the whole family!

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

This dish caught my eye because it has pineapple – the best summer flavor there is! Plus it’s colorful, healthy, and easy to just throw on the grill and enjoy. Chicken paired with sweet pineapple, bell pepper, and tangy red onion. There’s even a marinade if you want to amp the recipe up a notch.

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Shrimp Foil Packets

Perfect for grilling on those long lazy days, this recipe is quick yet hearty, with a combination of sausage, shrimp, and potatoes along with the fresh veggies and seasoning. The corn especially combines the taste of summer with the smoky flavors of the grill and provides a contrasting light texture to the meat. Inspired by Cajun cooking, this is sure to become a favorite meal!

Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad

Easy, light, and fresh, the instructions for this salad are literally just one step. Combine avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and feta cheese in a bowl, drizzle on delicious dressing, and enjoy. Have as a main course of combine with a grilled protein from the BBQ for a healthy, colorful summer meal.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

For those of you wanting your carb fix while also eating healthy, this salad is packed with veggies and also has a great (but simple to make) creamy chili-lime dressing. And alongside the avocados, lime, cilantro, jalapeños, cheese, green onions, there’s also bacon. You’re welcome, bacon lovers.

Summer Corn, Avocado and Black Bean Salad

Perfect for a BBQ, a starter, or even a dip, this salad is bursting with flavor and freshness. Creamy avocado, sweet corn, tart cherry tomatoes, black beans, and cilantro all in a tangy lemon dressing, you really can’t go wrong with this dish.

Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

If you want to switch it up and grill something other than burgers this summer, throwing pieces of salmon on the grill is a different (and healthy) alternative. And how can you resist avocado-mango salsa? I certainly can’t. Plus, this salmon and mango dish looks fancy, so if you’re hosting and want to make an impression, it’s a nice touch.

Crab and Avocado Summer Rolls

Light and low calorie, this recipe is easy and healthy (two words I know we all love). Not your usual summer fare, perhaps, but crab meat is another source of protein beyond burgers and hot dogs, and variety is the spice of life. Vietnamese and Thai inspired, this recipe combines crab meat, sliced avocado, cucumber, and carrots wrapped together in a summer roll with a spicy red dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Broccoli Apple Salad

I’m not usually one to advocate raw broccoli, but the apple in this salad caught my eye. What’s more “summer” than adding fruit to your recipe? Plus, the tart apple will definitely out weight the crunchy broccoli. Colorful and full of flavors, you can even make the dressing lighter by substituting Greek yogurt.

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers

With only three ingredients in the marinade, these skewers are not only quick but a bright, happy addition to your table. Sweet, tangy honey mustard and grilled chicken – simple, delicious, and summery.

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Peppers

This dish has four simple ingredients: bell peppers, chicken, couscous, and cheese. During the summer, I advocate grilling as much as possible: why not take advantage of the good weather and healthy meal prep? Couscous is easy to throw in a pan and prepare ahead of time, and then everything gets thrown in the peppers and they go on the grill. The peppers and couscous keep this meal light, and you can always go easy on the cheese (I never want to, but it’s an option!)

Summer Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo pasta isn’t a stodgy starch but it does bulk up a simple salad and give you an option other than rice. With this salad mixes orzo, chickpeas, feta cheese, crisp summer vegetables, fresh herbs and top with a light vinaigrette. Pairs nicely with protein or enjoyed all by itself!

Avocado Chicken Burger

I had to include at least one burger recipe on the list, even if it is a chicken burger. This is a burger you can actually make from scratch, so you know exactly what you’re feeding your family, and it’s all-natural flavor, I can assure you. Topped with mashed avocado and chipotle mayo, this will quickly become a family favorite! Head over to A Dish Of Daily Life for the full recipe!

As I mentioned before, summer is all about flavor, colorful dishes, and sticking fruit in as any recipes as possible, like this Strawberry Salsa. It also means experimenting on the grill, by throwing Grilled Peaches with Cherries, or maybe trying Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapples. Don’t let the BBQ get the best of you: you can grill out and still have some variety on your table.

7 Reasons Why You Should Take Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes Always wanted to try a cooking class, but don’t know if they’re for you? I’m here to tell you that cooking classes are for everyone, whether the only meal you can make is toast, or you’re a seasoned pro in the kitchen. Classes are a great way to get out of your comfort zone, learn new skills, meet new people, and spice up date nights. And if you’re a homebody like me, they are a great excuse to get out of the house and go make food instead of just buying it. Need further persuading?

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Here are seven reasons you should take cooking classes:

1.  Learn new recipes

Whether you’re cooking for one, two, or meal planning for the whole family, sometimes you can get stuck in a recipe rut, making the same meals over and over again because they’re easy or quick. Going to a cooking class can inspire you to try new meals and add some variety to your weekly schedule. Classes cam also give you more meal ideas that you can involve your kids in making.

2.  Meet new people

Alone or as a couple, the usual setup for cooking classes crams a whole lot of learners into a confined space. Which is perfect for making new friends, striking up conversations, and getting help if you’re fumbling the recipe. The people surrounding you may be new to the class or regulars, but since you’re mixing ingredients and not dangerous chemicals, those around you should have time to chat and socialize. Just make sure you don’t burn your own dish if you get caught up in a conversation!

3.  Try new foods

Just like with tried and true recipes, it’s easy to fall into the habit of using the same meats, vegetables, and spices over and over again in the cooking that you do. Maybe you have no idea how to prepare a squash, or cooking anything but chicken seems like a dangerous proposal. A cooking class is the perfect arena for trying new things, as the instructions (and instructor) are right there, guiding you through the process. And you may learn to love some new foods that you can add to your grocery shop!

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4.  Great for date night

If you date nights have dwindled or started to get stale (there’s only so many new movies out every week), a cooking class is a great way to spice up your one-on-one time with your partner. You get to work together and collaborate to make a dish, try new things and learn new skills, and the outcome is something you can both enjoy and share. Maybe only one of you rules the kitchen at home, but in a cooking class, you’re a team, which is a great dynamic for any relationship.

5.  Teaches you about seasonal dishes

This may not apply to all cooking classes, as I imagine some will have you making delicious desserts and cheesy main courses, but other classes will have you using seasonal fruits and vegetables to create your dishes. Becoming more familiar with what’s available locally and in season means that you’ll be getting the freshest ingredients to use at home in your own cooking, which gives you options for the hot summer months and cool winter ones too.

6.  Gives you healthier options

Again, not every class will have you making healthy meals, which is great, because sometimes we want to indulge. But learning how to make healthy snacks, low calorie meals, or meals packed with good-for-you ingredients mean that on days when you’re feeling sluggish or had one too many donuts for breakfast, you’ll have a recipe up your sleeve that will make you feel good and guilt-free to eat.

7.  Teaches you new skills in the kitchen

I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of kitchen utensils that intimidate me. And there are a lot of recipes that ask you to stuff, peel, chop, grate, julienne, mash, core, etc., and you can only Google or YouTube these things so many times before becoming disheartened. That’s why cooking classes are so invaluable, because you learn how to use different utensils and prepare your food in different ways, so when you get back to your own kitchen, you feel like a pro, and can chop herbs with the best of them.