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Happy summer, y’all! I’m more of a winter person, but one of the best parts of summer is the food, in my opinion. 😛 Grilled stuff, barbecue, veggie salads and cold dips, fruit delights…and of course, ice cream! I thought I’d put together a roundup of summery recipes that you can use at your next picnic – or for the Fourth of July this week! I’ve included recipes that you can find here on my website, but I’m also reminding you about a bunch of the scrumptious exclusive recipes in my cookbooks that I don’t want you to overlook.
I tried to limit this list to recipes that are THM S or Fuel Pull and low carb so you don’t have to sift out the THM E recipes if you don’t want a crossover meal. However, you can find lots of great summery THM E recipes that center around healthy carbs here on my website and in my cookbooks. I’m talking about things like baked beans, three bean salad, and fruit slush (all of which can be found in Convenient Food).
To make your menu, simply pick a main dish, a side or two or three, and a dessert! Better yet, invite some friends and make it a potluck!
Speaking of cookbooks…
I marked the recipes below with “NF” if they’re found in Necessary Food and “CF” if they’re found in Convenient Food. (The recipes without labels have been posted to my site since the cookbooks were printed.) Together these cookbooks make an amazing set with a wide array of main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and everything in between! CLICK HERE to order them together, or check out the individual sale pages to learn more about each book.
Asian Grilled Chicken | CF page 164
Easy Basic Marinade | NF page 85
Western Burgers | CF page 112 (pictured)
Ranch Marinated Chicken | CF page 166
Cilantro & Lime Marinated Chicken | CF page 169 (pictured)
Family Favorite Grilled Chicken Thighs | NF page 82
Marinated Picnic Chicken | NF page 83
Mustard Grilled Chicken | NF page 83
Italian Marinated Grilled Chicken | NF page 84
Bri’s Baked Barbecue Ribs | CF page 90 | I baked these but I bet you could put ’em on the grill, then finish them off in the oven for even more flavor!
Bri’s Kickin’ Barbecue Sauce | CF page 476
Perfect Barbecue Sauce (and Pulled Pork) | CF page 475
Sweet & Tangy Barbecue (pictured)
Bri’s Sweet & Spicy Rub | CF page 484
Barbacoa Pork Tacos | CF page 84
Adobo Pork Tacos | CF page 86
Burrito Bowls | CF page 169 | There is a Healthy Carbs (THM E) option with this recipe, so if you want to stay low carb stick to the Healthy Fats or Low Carb/Low Fat options.
Pigs in a Blanket | CF page 466 (pictured)
Sloppy Joes | NF page 113
Salads & Sides
Bacon & Cheddar Cauliflower Salad (pictured)
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad | NF page 145
Festive Broccoli Salad | CF page 221
Creamy Cucumber Salad | NF page 143
Ranch Cucumber Salad | CF page 222 (pictured)
Italian Cucumber Salad | NF page 144 | This yummy salad is like pasta salad without the pasta.
Special Occasion Salad | NF page 147 | a delicious salad with red onion, seasoned pecans, feta, unsweetened dried cranberries, and a yummy dressing
Seven Layer Salad | NF page 149
Creamy Coleslaw | NF page 142
Picnic Radishto Salad | CF page 224 | This salad made with radishes mimics the flavors of potato salad! (pictured)
Pasta Salad | CF page 225
Berry Gello Salad | NF page 137
Fresh Salsa | NF page 151
Guacamole | CF page 454
Baba Ghanoush | CF page 455
French Onion Veggie Dip | CF page 458 (pictured)
Spinach Dip | NF page 405
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip | NF page 409
Marshmallowy Fruit Dip | CF page 459 | Serve with strawberries to keep it low carb!
Veggie Pizza | CF page 464 (pictured)
Easy Jalapeno Poppers | CF page 467
Deviled Eggs | CF page 468
Pizza Appetizer Pinwheels | NF page 398
Cow Sauce | CF page 478 | This is my mock “Chick-fil-A Sauce” that would be perfect for dipping your grilled chicken.
Blueberry Cheesecake Delight | CF page 413
Strawberry Delight | NF page 367 (pictured)
Lemon Cheesecake Delight | CF page 414
Dessert Pizza | NF page 365
Chocolate Peanut Butter Delight | NF page 370
Cottage Cheesecake with Sour Cherry Topping (pictured)
Lemon Squares | NF page 332
Lemon Cupcakes | NF page 280
Blueberry Custard Bars | NF page 334
Briana’s Peanut Butter Cream Pie | NF page 344
Fresh Strawberry Pie | CF page 410 (pictured)
Double Crust Blueberry Pie | NF page 348
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie | CF page 389
Raspberry Crumble Bars | CF page 396
Coconut Cream Pie Bars | CF page 398 (pictured)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars | CF page 400
Chocolate Whoopee Pies | NF page 316
Ice Cream Recipe for 6 Quart Ice Cream Freezer | NF page 238
Special Occasion Ice Cream | NF page 237 (pictured)
Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Topping | NF page 414
Chocolate Pudding Popsicles | NF page 258
Peanut Butter Cookie Doughsicles | CF page 338
Strawberry Delight Popsicles | CF page 340 (pictured)
Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles | CF page 341
Creamy Red Raspberry Sherbet | CF page 313 | A pretty deep pinky red dairy-free ice cream that reminds me of raspberry sherbet!
Frozen Key Lime Pie | CF page 332 (pictured)
Ice Cream Cake | NF page 250
Ice Cream Sandwiches | NF page 251
Ice Cream Crunch Bars | NF page 252
Grasshopper Pie | NF page 254
Frozen Mocha Dessert | NF page 256
What have YOU been making from my cookbooks?
I’d love to hear about what YOU have been making from these books! Do you have any current favorites? Share in the comments below!
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