Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Delicious Summer Meal

Summer is my favorite time to eat.  That may sound weird, but I LOVE the food this time of year.  Anything on the grill just tastes a thousand times better, I'm obsessed with fresh fruit, could live off of cold pasta salads, and don't even get me started on ice cream.  My favorite I'm telling you.  

On Sunday night, we had a dinner that encompassed pretty much all of the above and it was so good.  The only thing that was missing was ice cream, which we usually go get on Sunday nights (the best way to end a weekend!), but Nick was busy finishing up painting our deck !! which is looking awesome.  The ice cream tradition will resume again next weekend ;) 

Here is a delicious, pretty easy meal that will be on repeat at our house this summer.  Enjoy!


Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
via Joyful Healthy Eats

I've been wanting to make this for a while and I'm so glad I finally did!  It couldn't have been easier.  The marinade is only 5 ingredients (that everyone already has in their pantries) and you're basically dumping guacamole on top of your grilled chicken - yummmmay.

Since the dish had so much flavor, we kept the sides relatively simple with couscous (my favorite brand, cooks in 5 minutes!) and watermelon.  By the way, have you ever grilled your watermelon?  I just stumbled across this on Pinterest and have to try it ASAP.


Strawberry Yogurt Cake
via A Spicy Perspective

I've made this cake a few times and it continues to remain a favorite.  This time I had some frozen blueberries in my freezer that I wanted to use up, so I subbed them in instead of the fresh strawberries.  Still delicious!  The greek yogurt keeps the cake super moist and flavorful, and the lemon icing is the perfect finishing touch.  

Now that our deck is finished, we'll be spending even more time outdoors and I'm so happy about it.  Can't wait to make our patio space come to life via my inspiration board and of course, continue grilling all of the things.  What are your favorite summer recipes?

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18 comments

  1. I've had a version of that chicken before and I love the avocado topping! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Ooooh these both look SO good! I love grilling out during the Spring and summer months, too. So easy and so tasty!

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  3. That cake looks like a dream! Definitely going to check out the recipe.

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  4. This looks so delicious!!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  5. Gimme, gimme, gimme everything!!!

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  6. This sounds so good! I love anything cooked on the grill in the summer!

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  7. All the fresh fruits & veggies? My favorite time as well!

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  8. Grilled watermelon, can't say I've tried it but watermelon rocks :)

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  9. This sounds so good! You'll have to recreate this meal once baby girl is here, so you can have a nice cold margarita with it!

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  10. Just randomly came across your blog and LOVE it! My mouth is literally salivating! I think I've pinned that chicken before but haven't made it yet. Need to!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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  11. Holy deliciousness! These both look amazing, and I couldn't agree with you more that food just tastes better off the grill and enjoyed outside <3
    Green Fashionista

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  12. I'm with you - I could live on cold pasta salad all summer long! Both these recipes look delicious!

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  13. OMG! That cake though! I'll definitely be making this one!

    Amber
    www.joythroughlife.com

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  14. Summer food is so delicious!! I'm going to have to try that yogurt cake!! Can't wait to see the deck :)

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  15. YUM!! It all sounds so good, and I agree - Summer eating is the best!

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  16. I've made the skinnytaste version of that recipe and it is one of my summer faves! PS I definitely read that line as "something everyone has in their panties" oops. ha!

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  17. Ugh. I hate eating in the summer... but I can totally get behind Sunday night ice cream dates. That definitely sounds like a win in my book. ;)

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  18. i accidentally scrolled down too far too fast and just saw the cake and i was like well that is a meal i can get behind haha. the chicken looks so good. i prefer summer eating as well! winter eating makes me feel like a bear trying to get ready for hibernation.

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