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Quick and Healthy Summer Recipes for Picnics and Barbecues

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Quick and Healthy Summer Recipes for Picnics and Barbecues


The sun is hot, the water is cool, and another summer gathering is underway. Summertime is prime time for outdoor gatherings that almost always involve food. specifically, barbecue! Who doesn’t enjoy the smell of BBQ and grilled specialties?

Planning foods for a barbecue, whether you are hosting or bringing a side dish, often brings to mind chips, hotdogs, hamburgers, watermelon, and potato salad. But, if you’re looking to spice up your next summer get-together with some healthy (and quick!) recipes to delight your guests or inspire your host, look no further as we have a full-course list of tasty recipes that will be hard to resist.

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabobs – The Clean Eating Couple

There’s no need to make a side dish to a main course with this recipe as these kabobs could be an all-in-one meal if you eat enough! Tender, marinated chicken, veggies, and added sweetness of juicy pineapple meld together for a great-tasting grilled dinner. All you need to do is chop up the chicken and veggies, marinate them for 30 minutes, assemble everything, and you’re ready to grill!

Garlic Lime Flank Steak – The Clean Eating Couple

This flank steak recipe is very flavorful with a zesty lime marinade. Also versatile, this main meat course can stand alone, be used for fajitas or steak tacos, or be the main protein atop a mixed green salad. Hands-on prep is only 15 minutes apart from marinade time.

Grilled Vegetables – Dinner at the Zoo

Don’t let the title bore you. These veggies are a feast for the eyes as much as for the taste buds. With a beautiful array of colored veggies marinated in a garlic-herb marinade, and grilled to perfection, these grilled vegetables will stand out. Bye-bye store-bought veggie platter!

Easy Healthy Coleslaw Recipe – Easy Seasonal Recipes

One of the simplest and most versatile side dishes to bring to a cookout or picnic is coleslaw. All you have to do is chop and mix and it’s ready to go. There are so many recipes out there for coleslaw, but with dozens of 5-star ratings and thousands of shares, We’re sure this one will jump to the top of the list. With Greek yogurt and mayonnaise mixed in, you’re all set with healthy protein and fats in this simple side dish.

Grilled Stone Fruit Sundaes with Coconut Dulce de Leche – CleanEatingMag.com

Bring a tasty dessert that uses in-season fruit and isn’t full of processed sugars. This stone fruit sundae is a treat your fellow barbecue guests will want more of. Peaches and other stone fruits hold up well for grilling and take up an almost candied flavor as they grill on the grates.  Most dulce de leche recipes use milk, as the name implies, however, this recipe is dairy-free, using full-fat coconut milk to make the dulce de leche, offering a plant-based dessert for the vegans, vegetarians, or lactose-intolerant that are attending. And in 35 minutes from start to finish, this dessert is done and ready to serve.

These recipes give a fresh twist to traditional barbecue, focusing on health and taste. Step out of your comfort zone and try these flavorful dishes. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a newbie, these recipes will wow your guests and add something special to your picnic or barbecue. Embrace healthy eating and make your summer gatherings unforgettable!

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