Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Eats Must Make List

Two weeks ago I shared my summer bucket list, last week I shared my summer staples and today I'm continuing with the summer theme and sharing my summer eats and drinks lust list.  This is the first summer Derek and I are spending settled in our house {last year we were living with my parents, trying to set this place up and up} and throughout this first year of marriage, I've loved learning new recipes and trying to learn how to cook.  We're all trying to eat light in the summer to beat the heat and perfect those beach bodies but there are also some delicious eats to go along with this season! I don't know that we'll get around to all of these this summer, but I'd like to at least try as many as we can.  If you follow me on Pinterest then you've probably already seen a lot of these on my boards.

Appetizers
We could do appetizers for dinner every. single. night.  In fact every once in a while we do.  We always have too many appetizers and spoil our appetites so we've learned our lesson and on occasion just do these for dinner if it's just the two of us.  If we're having a big group over or going to a get together with a big group then the more the merrier!


Caprese garlic bread {via}
Greek salad on a stick {via}
Fruit salsa {via}
Deviled egg spread {via}

Entrees
We have our grilling favorites - marinating chicken in an assortment of flavors, burgers/turkery burgers, pork chops with the usual summer light sides and for the most part that's what we're making if we're eating at home - it's easy, we know what we like, it's usually pretty quick and we spend more time enjoying the summer night than working on the meal.  It's still fun to try out some new things every once in a while.  I'm also not opposed to using my crockpot in the summer because - easiest meals ever and I'm happy to have at least one recipe to try.


Homemade flatbread pizzas {via} or pizza on the grill 
Sausage, green beans & potatoes on the grill {via}
Stuffed peppers {via}
Slow cooker chicken caesar sandwiches {via}

Sides
Again, let's go back to the fact that this is for the most part my first summer cooking our actual dinners {last summer and all those before, we left that job up to Mom} so these might seem simple but perfecting a great potato salad recipe is a lust list item because I've never done it even though it may be simple.  I could try endless variations of different types of pasta salad/potato salad/side salad/etc.  and I'd keep searching - they are the ultimate summer sides in our house.


Grilled potato salad {via}
Mexican grilled corn {via}
Strawberry caprese pasta salad {via}
Sriracha potato salad {via}

Check back soon for my summer treats list…


What summer recipes are on your must make list???


Linking up today for recipe swap & tasty tuesdays


36 comments:

  1. Everything here looks amazingly delicious! Totally could eat those stuffed peppers right now, at 6am, haha! Great round up lady!

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  2. I may or may not be drooling on my computer right now - everything is so yummy!! I love all the apps! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. This all looks AMAZING!!!! (I'm with Biana....I am now drooling). I definitely would not mind eating that garlic caprese bread. Yum!!

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  4. Ok all of these look AMAZING! I am definitely making that potato salad this weekend! YUM!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. You are totally a girl after my own heart with this summer dish bucket list! I am right there with you on always filling up on apps, somehow it's just more fun than an entree!

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  6. Loved this post! I've enjoyed all your summer posts and this one is perfect for ideas for July 4th!

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  7. That baslmic tomato flatbread thing looks SOOOO GOOD!! I love appetizers for dinner in the summer!! It's the right amount!!

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  8. This all looks amazing, now I'm totally hungry for a great meal outside! That caprese garlic bread and corn on the cob need to get in my belllly :-D

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  9. That fruit salad looks amazing! I will have to try that sometime this summer! I think it would be totally acceptable as an entire meal haha!

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  10. You've found a lot of great recipes! These all look really good!

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  11. I have learned, too, that if appetizers are ordered, I don't always eat my actual meal! It is so nice with a group of people though. The Greek salad skewers look awesome! And so does everything else!

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  12. I want to make all of those!! Also, you are reminding me we need a new grill! Ours was left behind in the move!

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  13. Okay, now I'm starving! haha I am definitely an appetizer kind of girl myself! These all look so delicious and I love your sides, too! I love how a lot of the recipes are putting a spin on some classic summertime dishes! So yummy! :)

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  14. I am definitely going to make the sausage and green beans, that looks delicious! I have been craving homemade pizza, particularly one with basil pesto or alfredo sauce.

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  15. The sriracha potato salad sounds amazing!

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  16. Oh my gosh, all of this looks so good! Summer food is the best - anything that's at a cookout is generally a fave of mine. I've been doing a lot of tacos this summer with cold ingredients. Lots and lots of guacamole too.

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  17. Must make that Sriracha potato salad! That would go over great in our house :)

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  18. these all look incredible!! always wanted to try that fruit salsa salad thing!! it seems like the perfect summer dish :)

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  19. These all look amazing and delicious!! Thanks for sharing :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  20. Oh my goodness those dishes look delicious! Great summer picks :) I always have to have crunchy coleslaw and an okra dish my mom makes.

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  21. We could do appetizers every night for dinner, too. I love finger foods. That Mexican corn and those grill bundles with potatoes, green beans, and sausage look soooo good for summer!

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  22. That strawberry caprese salad and those grilled potatoes look delicious. Thank you for sharing! :-)

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  23. Yummy, I am loving these summer eats! Mouthwatering deliciousness! I would love for you to share these over at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! Hope to see you there! :-)
    Cathy@threekidsandafish.com

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  24. Oh yummy, that all looks good and perfect for Summer!

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  25. I'm drooling! All of that food looks so delicious! I might just have to try those crockpot chicken Caesar sandwiches very soon!

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  26. I need to try that strawberry caprese salad!!

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  27. This is an awesome list of meals! Mexican corn is my hands down favorite!

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  28. I could live on appetizers too! I definitely want to try that caprese salad garlic bread!

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  29. Wow. You had me at the appetizers! I've never heard of the egg spread or Greek salad on a stick and that needs to change - in the form of what's going to be happening in the kitchen - and ASAP! ;)

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  30. And, I'm officially hungry. These all look so delicious!

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  31. Appetizers are my favorite and you always know how to get me with your recipes! Yum!!

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  32. That Chicken Caesar sandwich and the grilled potato salad look so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Delicious ideas! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  34. Every recipe looks delicious, I'll definitely be saving this for later use! Xo, Stephanie

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