This is the time of year my husband is his happiest, with the sun shining, trips to the beach, sleepovers in the caravan and a barbecue.
Give him a barbecue and he is the happiest man alive. In fact I’ve been checking out Barbeques Galore which have a ton of ideas for barbecue season.
This year I’ve been aiming to get a collection of recipes together ready for the summer I’ve focused a lot on side salads recently as although the men would eat meat and only meat I like to have something else on my plate to make me feel healthier.
Salads and sides
Coleslaw is an old favourite, available in all supermarkets as regular or low fat but it’s so simple to make, especially if you have a food processor. Remember you can change the ingredients and make a fennel slaw or a red cabbage slaw, you can also add to the dressing and make a Thai coleslaw, a Mexican or just alter the flavour with mustard, pesto or ? You tell me!
Tomato salad – I recently bought lots of different sized and coloured tomatoes using the orange ones too. I chopped them all up and added a little spring onion, olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing
Insalata Caprese A classic Italian summer lunch but can also be offered as a side.
Jersey potato, asparagus and three leaf salad Makes a one stop side that appeals to everyone and is so easy to do
Caramelised onion tarte tatin as this one made here by Helen of The Crazy Kitchen fame
I love a bit of quiche and if it’s on the table will always pick up a slice. Great for vegetarians too, here are some of my favourite tried and tested recipes
Dips and nibbles
Usually some dipping crisps and dips will do but a couple of extras that might catch your eye are
More than a burger
Ranch pulled pork this is one of my favourite recipes and for an evening barbecue can be put in the slow cooker at 9am and served on the table at 5pm. The delicious rub makes it and make sure it’s pulled with two forks so it’s easy to pick up and place in a bun
Tex Mex grill steaks – WeightWatchers recipe. A super recipe if anyone is watching their weight as the perfect portion and very tasty with the added spices.
Meatloaf Never forget the humble meatloaf which can be served cold with salads. This was most likely one of my first ever recipes from school days and the Home Economic classes.
I know everyone is usually stuffed by this pint but guests will always find room for a bit of pudding. Here are some of my personal favourites all tried and tested on my family and extended family too.
Disclosure: This has been written in collaboration with Barbecues Galore