Quick and Easy Pool-Side Recipes

In my family, summer is synonymous with swimming.  We spend hours at the pool and beach (sidenote: now that my kids are old enough to swim independently, this is aahhhmazing. I finally feel like *I* have a summer again.)  And while sunshine, water, and tons of exercise makes great family memories…it also makes for starving children!  The last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen when the fun awaits, so I’ve come up with a few go-tos which work well just for the family, or for doubling to bring along to a pool party.

1. Tomato and Basil Orzo Salad

Instead of the parmesan cheese, I throw in cubes of fresh mozzarella.  If I’m looking to make it a meal, I’ll add chopped cold grilled chicken breast. Yumm!! Sometimes I also get fancy with the multi-color tomatoes. Easy, delicious – this recipe just screams “summer” to me!


2. Easy Texas Caviar

I love a recipe that involves throwing a bunch of stuff together, stirring, and calling it a day! Delicious with pita chips, toasted slices of bread, tortilla chips…or, if you are like me…on a spoon.  This is another recipe I easily bulk up into a main dish by putting a few spoonfuls on top of a grilled chicken breast (hot or cold). So good!

3. Caprese Skewers

Ridiculously quick and easy, yet looks totally impressive on a plate. Also, put anything on a stick and my kids will eat it.

4. Brownie and Fruit Kabob

I looooove this one for a crowd pleaser that can be pulled together quickly. The brownie/strawberry/marshmallow/blueberry combo seems to be a big hit with my crew. And, hey, it has fruit – it’s healthy!


5. Lemon Berry Prosecco Sangria

And let’s not forget about beverages – one must keep hydrated, after all! A light and refreshing sangria that comes together quickly and tastes like pure, sweet, sunshine.

And with all that deliciousness in hand, you’ll have to excuse me, because we are off to the pool!

20140731-075742-28662773.jpgWhat are some of your go-to summer recipes?

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