I’ve been thinking of doing a series on grilling this summer because it seems to be a cooking method that a lot of people are intimidated by, when actually it’s quite simple! It just so happens to be one of my favorite ways to prepare food! I love that I can literally throw anything onto the grill and make my whole meal without even turning my oven on, especially when I don’t want to heat up my house in the hotter months! It truly makes easy weeknight cooking that much easier! My grilled lemon, shrimp, and asparagus orzo salad is one of those easy meals that can be prepared on the grill and is perfect for any night of the week or for a weekend BBQ!
I cannot believe August has arrived and back to school has already started! Where did the summer go? But let's be honest, summer actually isn't over yet is it? The heat is still sticking around and we still have a good month or two left of some of my favorite summer produce! Last week I made a random salad based upon what I had in the fridge, and omg guys...it was one of the best salads I have made in a long time! I knew that I was going to have to make it again, and that I needed to let you guys in on this amazing salad combination too! My grilled bbq chicken and peach salad is the quintessential summer salad and it needs to be on your dinner table asap while the gettin' is good!
Nothing makes me more proud and happy than when my toddler inhales a bowl of food that is really good for him! I made these lobster rolls yesterday and while Parks ate his deconstructed style with the bun on the side, he ate every bite of the filling and practically shoveled it in his mouth. That's how good these are guys! If you have never had a lobster roll I think you are going to love them! I will tell you that my hubby and I fell in love with lobster rolls while we were in Maine last year, and ever since coming back I kept saying I wanted to make a healthier version at home! I finally did it and put my own twist on them and the result was incredible! My lobster rolls with avocado, corn, and tomato salad are the perfect summer dinner for any night of the week!
My hubby is addicted it açaí bowls. Every Friday he takes our son to a local cafe and they share one together! Although I have been putting açaí packets in my smoothies for a while now, until we went to Hawaii I had never actually had an açaí bowl! (I loved it obviously!) They were so fresh and delicious, the perfect way to start our day! I knew I wanted to start making them at home because they are much more cost effective this way, and now we can have them whenever we want! I created a recipe for easy loaded açaí bowls that anyone can do right in their own kitchen!
It has been raining since Sunday and the sun finallllyyyyyy came out yesterday evening for the first day of summer! Summertime means it's officially ice cream season, even though I kind of feel like ice cream should be enjoyed all year long! Who's with me? Speaking of ice cream, when we were in Hawaii we ate at an amazing gelato spot (two nights in a row) and had a seriously delicious toasted coconut flavor that I haven't been able to get out of my head since we returned! Naturally, I had to recreate this flavor at home and the result was amazing! My chocolate coated toasted coconut ice cream might have just earned a spot as my most favorite ice cream I've ever made!
Memorial Day is right around the corner and no matter what your plans are, one thing is for sure, good food is a must! Whether you are hosting a party, are at the beach, or hanging by a pool somewhere (jealous if thats the case), you need to have a yummy spread to serve up to your guests! That's why I've gathered up some of my favorite Memorial Day recipes that are crowd pleasers and perfect for any type of gathering and even just hanging at home!