So people, it’s official. Memorial Day, the (unofficial) start to summer is finally here!
Good God almighty, hallelujah! (I have listened to way too much Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw these last couple days)
The past four days of weather have been full on summer bliss! Granted not the summer I grew up knowing, which was anywhere from 80-90 degrees + humidity. Ah Cleveland summers, I really do miss them and I am being 100% serious here. No joking. I crave the heat, live for it and I LOVE warm summer nights. Here in the mountains (I hate saying “mountains”, it makes me feel like I am trying to be cool, but I literally live in the mountains) the temps will not go above 75 during the day and it is freezing at night, and I always feel a bit of a chill in the air, but that is really probably just me. I like it REALLY hot, but with the sun shinning it is pretty dang nice. Especially on days like these last four. Bright blue sky’s, 70’s, light wind (this is unusual, the summer winds can get intense) and some what greenish grass. Pretty good Memorial Day weekend weather!
Alright, so all this excitement for summer had me thinking I needed to do a summer foods/Memorial Day round-up for ya all. Plus, I have been plotting out my recipe ideas and oh boy, they’re good. Prepare yourselves for a boat load of fresh summer foods. I am talking fruits, veggies, burgers, seafood, fruits, ice cream, milkshakes, salsa, guacamole. For the next three months I am pretty much just planning on shoving summer down your throat. It’s gonna be glorious.
Here’s the deal. Today we’re kicking things of with a whole bunch of deliciousness to make and eat tomorrow, or make and eat tonight or make and eat all summer long. Then check back bright and early tomorrow morning for something to wash it all down with. Ok, fine it does not have to be bright and early, but you’re gonna want to check it out. It’s good!
Sweet Honey Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins:
Caprese Quinoa Stuffed Grilled Mushrooms with Balsamic Glaze:
Homemade Barbecue Sauce……Just like Sweet Baby Ray’s:
BBQ Grilled Corn, Jalapeño and Peach Quinoa Salad:
Tortilla Chip Crusted Chicken Salad with Avocado Chipotle Lime Dressing and Queso Fresco:
Crispy Buffalo Quinoa Bites Salad:
Honey Mustard Pretzel Crusted Chicken Salad with Spicy Honey Mustard Dressing:
Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad:
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad:
Cajun BBQ Cheddar Chicken Fingers:
Jerk Chicken with Fired Rice and Grilled Pineapple Salsa:
Grilled Tex-Mex Chicken and Quinoa Wraps:
Crockpot Carnitas Tortilla Burrito Bowl:
Fiesta Chicken + Cilantro Lime Rice Fajita Bowl with Avocado Chipotle Crema:
Margarita Chicken Quesadilla with Margarita Guacamole:
Teriyaki Chicken Sub Sandwiches:
Grilled Buffalo Shrimp Sandwich with Spicy Avocado Ranch Dressing:
Greek Steak and Pesto Salad Gyros:
Grilled Corn and Chipotle Pesto Pizza with Queso Fresco:
Whipped Feta and Roasted Jalapeño Greek Pizza:
Fajita Chicken and Enchilada Pasta:
Creamy Avocado and Gouda Cheese Pasta:
Sweet Thai Shrimp Curry with Peanut Noodles:
Peanut Butter Burgers with Slim Jim Fries and Chocolate Malted Milkshake:
Banh Mi Asian Burgers:
Roasted Garlic Chipotle Cheddar Sweet Potato Burgers with Avocado Ranch:
Thai Salmon Burgers:
Cajun Shrimp Tacos with homemade Hard Taco Shell’s:
Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mango Salsa:
Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins:
Hot Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich:
Toasted S’more Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream:
Creamy Chocolate Soft Serve Avocado Ice Cream:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge Brownie Ice Cream:
Brown Butter Crepe Ice Cream Tacos:
Homemade Reese’s Blizzards:
Whole Wheat Caramelized Blueberry Loaded Muffins:
Grilled Banana Bread Peanut Butter S’more with Vanilla Marshmallows:
Strawberry Margarita Doughnuts:
Special K-Bar Chocolate Cups:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Special K-Bars:
Brownie Batter Cheesecakes with Fudge Brownie Crust:
Ridiculously Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies:
Whoa, I’d say this is a pretty good start! But promise, there is better stuff coming!
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