One of the best things about summer is enjoying meals poolside. Whether you’re hosting a party, serving a family meal or just enjoying a fun seasonal snack, eating outdoors is one of the joys of the season.
So this year, embrace it. Try some of these ideas – maybe you’ll find a new family tradition! Use these recipe suggestions to get started:
Breakfast … poolside
For something fun and unexpected, serve breakfast outside on a lazy summer weekend. It’s OK to keep it simple – everyone will still love it. Pancakes are a great choice and easy to make for a crowd. Serve ‘em up with a delicious fruit salad, plus plenty of syrup, and breakfast is ready.
If you have a grill, Honey Chicken Kabobs make a delicious main dish. Marinate the chicken and veggies overnight in your refrigerator for the best flavor, and feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables to the mix. These are delicious with Classic Rice Pilaf, or maybe some whole grain rolls from your local bakery. Serve with a fresh tossed salad, and ice tea or raspberry lemonade. Yummy!
Of course, traditional Bar-B-Que fare is always popular, too. Make your favorite burgers or try something new. BBQ chicken is great with baked beans, potato salad, slaw, and grilled corn. Be sure to have plenty of napkins handy – the best BBQ is messy, messy, messy!
Serving summer treats by the pool is a great way to bring everyone together. From Strawberry and Cream Popsicles to classic Pudding Pops, frozen treats are a guaranteed hit. If making them seems like too much trouble, that’s OK. Purchase some ice cream sandwiches, individual ice cream cups or other frozen treats from the supermarket. Everyone will love the gesture, just the same.
Enjoying the outdoors is a summertime tradition. Including your favorite foods is simply an easy way to elevate that experience we all love.