We may be stuck at home but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate spring with some outdoor fun!
Even if you’re not a cook, there are a ton of things that can be thrown together with minimal time and effort. There’s no better time to start eating more vegetables and fruits with so many in season to choose from and the time to experiment!
Start Out With Some Grilled Fruit Kabobs
Fresh fruits are packed with antioxidants and a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Grilling fruit intensifies the flavors and brings out the fruit’s natural sweetness. Some great options that hold up well on the grill are bananas, pineapples, peaches, and melons. Cut fruits into large pieces to avoid losing any small pieces through the grates on the grill. You’ll know it’s done when the middle of the fruit is hot and it has thick, dark grill marks.
Make Some Homemade Lemonade with a Summery Twist
Watermelon is finally back in season! Try making some watermelon lemonade for a refreshing twist on a summer must-have. It has a perfect balance of sweet and tart that pairs perfectly together. Even better, make an adult version and spike it with a little vodka!
Avocados are one of the most popular fruits out there and are densely packed with nutrition. Once you remove their large seeds from the middle, it makes a perfect little crater to stuff things in! You can go for a Mexican appetizer and stuff a cold avocado with cubed tomatoes, onions and cilantro, or go a more savory route and create some chicken parmesan stuffed avocados for a heartier meal.
Bring the Caribbean Atmosphere to your Backyard
Even if you can’t escape on a tropical vacation, you can bring tropical flavors right to your backyard. Try making jerk chicken. You probably have most of the spices sitting in your cabinet already. The blend of spices contrasting with the hint of sweetness is irresistible. You can spice it as much or as little as you want! A typical jerk spice rub consists of allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, salt and pepper; and you can adjust the amount of spice to your liking.
Throw together some fish tacos and you’ll feel like you’re a surfer in Cali. Tacos are one of the most diverse dinner ideas out there. You can load up the toppings or keep it simple. Either way, this is a versatile summer dinner to please everyone.
A Grilled Cheese Walks into a Luau…
If you are a fiend for Hawaiian pizza then this is sure to tickle your pickle. Try making a grilled cheese on Hawaiian sweet rolls brushed with some teriyaki sauce and add slices of pineapple. It will satisfy your sweet and salty craving and make you want to bring out your loudest Hawaiian shirt.