Summer is on it’s way out the door. But don’t let it go just yet. All of the following recipes are great for the end of summer. They’re easy to make, involve cheap ingredients and take less than 45 minutes to whip together. These recipes also (mostly) utilize summer’s seasonal food, so you can use up what’s left of the cheaper food of the season.
- Pineapple Salsa: this delicious recipe from the Food Network will take you 5 minutes to prepare and can be enjoyed with your own homemade pita chips.
- Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit: this salad has a beautiful presentation and uses fresh summer berries like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. This recipe, along with others further down the list, lets you take advantage of your grill while the weather is still nice!
- Baked Parmesan Tomatoes: these couldn’t be easier to make. Use tomatoes from your garden if you have them and top with parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper before baking.
Sizzling Side Dishes
- Chili Lime Corn on the Cob: corn is super cheap in the summer. Go a step further with your corn on the cob and try this zesty, Mexican-inspired grill recipe at your BBQ.
- Peppers Roasted with Garlic, Basil and Tomatoes: this is a simple vegetarian dish that’s got an outstanding presentation. Prepare this recipe in about 40 minutes and serve hot or cold!
- Zucchini and Potato Bake: this dish takes more than 45 minutes to cook, but it only takes 15 minutes to prepare before you pop it in the oven for an hour.
- Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad: this frugal recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare and serves 6 to 8 hungry people. All you need are a few simple pantry ingredients, some pulled pork and fusilli pasta.
- Smoked Chili Coleslaw: this easy side would be the perfect pairing to anything with BBQ sauce or anything off of the grill.
The Main Event
- Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Corn: this summertime recipe involves very little cooking. Simply whisk a few ingredients into some pasta and garnish with fresh basil for an extra summery feel.
- Pork and Peach Skewers: I am a huge fan of skewers and kebabs. They’re packed with flavor, easy to prepare and decrease the need for so much meat (since you’re mixing it with other things on the stick). Take a look at this simple recipe for pork and peaches, which could both be substituted for other ingredients if you wished.
- Black Bean Quesadillas: get your protein on the cheap with this delicious recipe. These quesadillas take about 15 minutes to make and require only 6 ingredients.
- Super Sloppy Joes: what’s more low maintenance than the ever popular sloppy joe? I mean come on, it’s supposed to be messy! Try this Food Network recipe that will take you less than 30 minutes to throw together.
- Grilled Kielbasa with Sauerkraut and Onions: with a few simple ingredients, you can create this no-fuss dish with an optional homemade honey mustard dipping sauce.
- Grilled Peach Sundaes: here’s a pretty healthy dessert recipe that utilizes the grill. All you need are peaches, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt or fruit sorbet and a bit of toasted, unsweetened coconut.
- Strawberry Angel Food Dessert: simply prepare a boxed angel food cake and prepare this light, summery dessert in 15 minutes.
- Molten Chocolate Cakes With Sugar-Coated Raspberries: you can’t have dessert without including something chocolaty! This recipe creates individual molten chocolate cakes in muffin tins, so it’s easy to feed a big group with these. Raspberries add the summery touch to these treats.
Many thanks to our friend Kira from TipHero for today’s guest post!