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10 cool recipes for summer

With the summer heat, sometimes the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove, oven, or grill. These recipes will keep you cool and your tummy will be happy.
  • Watermelon ice

    Watermelon ice is a great, cold treat for a kid on a hot, summer day. Throw 5 cups seeded, diced watermelon into the blender. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flavored gelatin powder of your choosing. Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over the mix and stir until it's dissolved. Then put the mixture in with the watermelon and blend until fully combined. Pour it into a container with a lid and freeze overnight or until solid. You can use a spoon to scrape across the surface to create shavings. Put the shavings in a bowl or snow-cone cup and you're done!

    Find the full recipe here.

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • Oreo cookie dessert

    Make a cool, tasty summer treat with your favorite Oreo cookies. The trick for this dessert? Letting it stand for five minutes after you add the pudding, so it has time to set up. Afterward, spread the whipped cream on top and refrigerate until it's ready to serve.

    Find Lisa's recipe for Oreo cookie dessert here.

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • Creamy cucumber spread

    A simple way to use up cucumbers from the garden is to make a creamy cucumber spread. This recipe only has 2 ingredients, and couldn't be easier. It's delicious served on crackers, chips, or raw veggies.

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • BLT salad

    Use up bacon from a previous meal by incorporating it into a BLT salad. Shred some lettuce, throw in diced tomatoes, add your crumbled bacon, and mix it with just enough mayo or Miracle Whip to coat. Toss and serve it on bread or toast with additional tomato slices, lettuce, and cheese. How easy is that?

    Read Lisa's recipe here.

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • Blue cheese dip

    If you're a blue cheese fan, you should try this dip. Lisa's mom combined a container of French onion dip, a container of ranch party dip, 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup bacon pieces, and 1 cup blue cheese crumbles all together. Throw a few extra blue cheese crumbles on top for added flavor. Serve it wth a cracker of your choice, Lisa's family loved it with pretzel thins and whole-grain crackers.

    See how Lisa's kids liked the recipe!

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • Antipasto dinner

    Sometimes it's too hot to spend time grueling over a hot stove. Instead try making an antipasto dinner. Lisa used mozzarella, salami, pepperoni, olives, red tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, green onions, and sweet basil to create a cold, yet delicious meal. Drizzle it all in a bit of olive oil and stack it on a slice of garlic bread. Simple and delicious!

    Find Lisa's recipe for antipasto here.

     

     

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • Taboule salad

    Taboule salad is a dish from the Middle East made of bulgar wheat salad with lemon juice, olive oil, mint, garlic, and other herbs and spices. Make your own taboule by buying quick-cooking taboule from your grocery store. You can find it near the rice and couscous. Add in garbanzo beans, fresh mushrooms, cucumber, olive oil, and a lean meat of your choosing. Feta cheese crumbled on top is the perfect finishing touch.

    See what Lisa added in her taboule salad here.

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • Texas caviar

    Texas caviar is a bit of a twist on authentic salsa. This delicious side uses black beans, white sweet corn, black-eyed peas, red wine vinegar, and sugar, among other ingredients to give it its unique taste. The sauce can be eaten on its own with tortilla chips or would be great on top of a burger.

    Give this recipe a try!

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • Strawberry spinach salad

    An odd, yet delish combination is spinach and strawberries. To make, toss a few cups of spinach into a bowl and add in diced chicken breast. Top with sliced strawberries, chopped pecans, crumbled feta cheese, and a drizzle of vinaigrette. Lisa used Asian vinaigrette, but suggest balsamic vinegar and olive oil as other options.

    Find the complete recipe here.

     

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012
  • Snickers salad

    Snickers salad is an old standby for many families. While it's undeniably delicious, the caloric intake can make you feel a bit guilty after your indulgence. To cut back on a few calories, use fat-free or sugar-free pudding and light whipped topping. You can't do much about the calories in the Snickers bars themselves, but can control other elements of the dessert.

    Lisa's Snicker salad recipe can be found here.

    Date Published: May 31, 2012
    Date Updated: June 7, 2012

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