The Ultimate Roundup of Summer Recipes

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

Once summer rolls around it can be easy to stop planning meals because you want to enjoy the nice weather. Or maybe you can’t figure what to make that won’t heat up the whole house. I get it and I’ve been there. That is why I searched far and wide to come up with this huge list of ideas for summer recipes. Within the list , you will find recipes for grilling, salads, slow cooker meals, refreshing beverages, tasty frozen treats and more! There’s over 150 recipes so there really is something for everyone.

The Ultimate Roundup of Summer Recipes

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Grilling is a quintessential summer activity so you definitely need some great recipes to get try out on the grill. I found recipes for various types of chicken, beef, burgers, kabobs and even pizza.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Grilled Pizza

Quick Sausage Peppers and Onions

Grilled Honey Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

Grilled Island Chicken

Grilled Lime Coconut Chicken with Coconut Rice

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Barbecue Herb Grilled Chicken

Gourmet Hot Dogs

BBQ Bacon Chicken Kabobs

Classic Grilled Burgers

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Easy Homemade Burgers

BBQ Cocoa Chili Burger Patties

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Burgers

Honey and Ginger Marinated Flank Steak

Cumin and Oregano Beef Kabobs

Slow Cooker Meals

Having some slow cooker meal ideas ready for days you don’t want to use the oven during the summer is a must. Here are some easy yet delicious slow cooker meal ideas that scream summer.

crock pot recipes

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Slow Cooker Ham and Swiss Frittata

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Black Berry BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken (freezer Friendly)

Creamy & Cheesy Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken Tacos

Saucy Chicken

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Crock Pot Shredded Pork Lettuce Wraps

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Sandwiches, Wraps and Other No Bake Meals

Sometimes you just want to throw together a sandwich or a quick meal on the stove-top. Check out these recipes for more great ideas for making a meal without the use of the oven.

20 Minute meal: chicken caeser wrap! yuuum!

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BLT Wraps

Chicken Cesar Wraps

California Chicken Wraps

Fresh and Easy Chicken Salad

Homemade Black Bean Burger

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Summer Soup

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Penne

Sweet Paprika Chicken

Bell Pepper Chicken Burgers


Summertime just says fresh produce to me and salads are a great way to enjoy those fresh fruits and veggies. I’ve been wanting to find some new salad ideas so I can’t wait to dig into some of these soon.

Barbecue Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad

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Broccoli Salad

Pasta Salads for a Crowd

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Garlic Butter Pasta Salad

Sundried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad

Summer Couscous Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Antipasto Chicken Chopped Salad

Layered Salad

Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad

Harvest Turkey Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

Spring Greens with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chopped Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese

Romaine Salad with Chicken, Cheddar, Apples, Spiced Pecans and Cranberry Vinaigrette

Southwestern Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

Gourmet Green Salad with Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Homemade Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

Southwestern Salad

Amazing Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

Balsamic Honey Grilled Steak Salad and Vinaigrette

Delectable Southwest Steak Fajita Salad

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad

California Cobb Strawberry Salad with Avocado Dressing

Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing

Farro Salad

Appetizers and Side Dishes

A great barbecue or summer potluck needs some good appetizers or side dishes and this section has you covered there too!

Fruit Salad

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Pineapple Mango Salad

Very Berry Avocado Salad

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Creamy Five Cup Fruit Salad

Mixed Fruit with Lemon Basil Dressing

Summery Watermelon Salad

Roasted Potato Salad

Easy Healthy Homemade Potato Salad

Maple Baked Beans

Nourishing Baked Beans

Fire Roasted Bell Peppers

Greek Tzatziki Dip

Classic Coleslaew

Mango Salsa

Fresh Fruit with Honey Yogurt Dip

Super Summer Fruit Dip


It wouldn’t be summer without lots of ice cold refreshing beverages like tea, lemonade and smoothies. I even found a great looking recipe for cold brewed coffee so you can enjoy your favorite drink cold!

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Cold Brewed Coffee

Honey Sweetened Ginger Ale

Homemade Strawberry Soda

Ginger Lemon Mocktail

Summer Spritzers

Sun Tea

Herbs for Making Iced Tea

Iced Green Tea (like Starbucks)

DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

Strawberry Apple Homemade Sweet Tea

Raspberry Ginger Iced Green Tea

Hibiscus Strawberry Rhubarb Iced Tea

 Better Than Kool-Aide Herbal Tea

Berry Lemonade Kombucha

Strawberry Milk

Homemade Honey Sweetened Lemonade

DIY Lemonade Concentrate

Brazilian Lemonade

Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade

Citrus Water Punch

Homemade Flavored Waters

Creamy Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lime Rickey

Watermelon Limeade

Healthy Homemade Slushies

Strawberry Watermelon Slushy

Raspberry Lemonade Slushy

Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Frappe

Watermelon Frosty

Peach Orange Smoothie

Green Berry Protein Smoothie

Super Summer Smoothies

Green Tea Blueberry Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Kombucha Smoothie

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Frozen Treats 

Instead of running for the chime of the ice cream truck, try some of these delectable homemade frozen treats this summer.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

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Herb Infused Popsicles

Strawberry Creamscicle

Orange Coconut Creamscicles

Strawberry Cheesecake Popscicles

High C Herbal Ice Pops

Raspberry Coconut Popscicles

Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Pops

Mango Lassi & Strawberry Honey Yogurt Popscicles

Green Tea Smoothie Popscicles

Lemon Lime Frozen Yogurt Pops

Lemon Ice

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

Rich Berry Sherbert

Lemon Poppyseed Ice Cream

Luscious Lemon Ice Cream

Coconut Berry Caramel Ice Cream

Simple Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Vanilla Custard Kefir Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:

Honey Sweetened Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Honey Peach Frozen Yogurt

Homemade Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream

Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Granola Parfaits

Other Desserts

Sometimes you need to give in and crank up the oven to make a summer like dessert, so here’s a couple of recipes you may want to make at least once.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Summertime Lime Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp


Here’s some extra recipes for meat rub, marinade, sauces, dressings that you might want to try.

Salad Dressing

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Jamaican Meat Marinade

Santa Fe Spice Rub

The Best Steak Marinade

Barbecue Sauce

Five Classic Homemade Salad Dressings

Homemade Ranch Dressing

20 Paleo Salad Dressings

Strawberry Syrup

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Get Healthy With Homemade Smoothies

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

I love smoothies because they help me get lots of great nutrients plus they taste great. One of the best things about smoothies is that you can pack in lots of healthy ingredients into one glass. It also makes is much easier to make sure you or your kids are getting enough fruits or veggies everyday. If you are not sure what to put in your smoothie, keep reading below to find my recipe for nourishing blueberry banana smoothie plus links to lots more recipes.

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Why Make Your Own Smoothies?

I know you can head to your local coffee shop or a smoothie stand at the mall to get a smoothie and those taste great but they may not be as healthy as you think. Many of them have add extra sugar and powders that really are not necessary. Plus you don’t know if the fruit is actually fresh or not.

I looked up the nutrition facts of two smoothies online, one coffee-shop and one fast food place. Both had weird ingredients and added powders. One even listed a fruit base not actual fruit! So skip that weird stuff and make your own. Smoothies are easy to make and customize to your own taste preferences. To help give you some ideas, here’s my recipe for nourishing blueberry banana smoothie. Plus I included a couple of links below for even more smoothie ideas.

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie - Young Wifes Guide

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia (or a blend of both)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3-4 ice cubes – or more depending in whether you use frozen fruit


  1. Place ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Add extra ice if not using frozen fruit or for a thicker consistency and continue to pulse until ice is crushed.
  2. Enjoy your glass of fruity healthy goodness!

You can easily change the fruit to make a different kind of smoothie. I typically use everything, including the banana for all my smoothies and change out the other fruit to make different flavors. To make strawberry banana for example, just use strawberries instead of blueberries.

Nutritional Benefits

Not only does this smoothie taste great, but you get lots of nutritional benefits as well. Here’s a list of just some of healthy benefits:

  • Oranges have lots of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system.
  • Flax seed is a great source of omega 3′s which are good fats known to help maintain heart health and is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Blueberries and flax are great sources of fiber which helps with maintaining a healthy digestive system.
  • Blueberries are also known to aid in brain function and memory due to their high antioxidant content.
  • Bananas are rich in potassium which helps maintain your heart and kidney health.
  • Greek yogurt with probiotics helps maintain your gut health.
  • Greek yogurt also contains more protein than regular yogurt making smoothies made with it a great choice for a filling snack or light meal replacement.

 More Smoothie Recipes

If you are looking for more smoothie recipes, check out these two round-ups for over 75 more recipes!

40 Smoothie Recipes You Should Try @ Intentional By Grace

35+ Smoothie Recipes and More! @ Raising Arrows

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How To Make Any Recipe Health(ier)

This post is part of our series: Crafting a Healthy Kitchen!  Follow along via email as we share practical tips for creating a healthy, real food kitchen, and pick up a copy of our cookbook, on sale for 31% off!

As I shared last week, learning how to craft a healthy kitchen has been a long journey for me. As I started realizing that the things I thought were “healthy” really weren’t and that a lot of my old recipes were full of junk items I no longer bought, I felt a little lost knowing what to cook.


But as I’ve become more comfortable using healthy ingredients (like know which fats are actually healthy, how to make my own dried beans, ect), it’s been easier to look at old cookbooks and know what ingredients to substitute to make them healthy meals!

Sometimes, you still need to indulge in an ooey gooey cinnamon roll made with lots of sugar, but usually I try and cook healthy meals eat healthy snacks. Jaimie Ramsey has also been on a similar journey and shares some fantastic tips on how to convert any recipe into a real food, healthy meal! 

Read the full post by Jaimie HEREHow to Convert Any Recipe to Real Food

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An Easy Guide to Healthy Hospitality

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In an effort to craft a healthy kitchen, I’ve had many friends who are curious about what we eat since we ditched processed foods and others you think our eating habits are a bit strange. But my favorite thing to do is to invite them over for a meal so they can see that cooking healthy foods from scratch isn’t that hard and can actually be really delicious!


But I know that inviting others into your home and practicing hospitality can be hard, especially when you are not in the habit of it. The idea of actually inviting people over, getting your home all cleaned, getting a meal (and dessert??) on the table and coming up with interesting conversation all night can seem completely overwhelming.

Trust me, I’ve been there. I know that hospitality isn’t always easy and can seem so overwhelming. Elsie from Richly Rooted is sharing some of her favorite tips and advice for having people over – even when it’s a little out of her comfort zone!

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The Benefits of Meal Planning

By Katie, Contributing Writer

When I was growing up, my friend’s mom always planned her meals in advance. She always had a meal plan written out on the refrigerator and from that point I always thought I would try to do that when I was running my household. When I got married, I didn’t realize just how important this little tactic actually was. It’s taken me several years but I feel like I have finally hit my groove when it comes to planning meals.

The benefits of meal planning...and some resources for helping you do it!

We used to eat out a lot

Over the course of our marriage our diet has changed significantly. We started out by eating out a lot. Like, a lot. At least one meal every day. That makes me cringe thinking about that. *Shudder*

Then we tried the whole cooking at home thing, sort of. Spaghetti, boxed mac and cheese, Rice-A-Roni, coco puffs and lucky charms, frozen french fries and tater tots, store brand sodas, bagged salad with ranch dressing, canned fruit cocktail, American cheese slices, frozen pizzas, and instant oatmeal packets.

It was the basic, inexpensive diet for a young couple first starting out. Low income type of meals. I didn’t really know how to cook. I had no confidence in the kitchen. I didn’t want anyone to watch me cook.

After I had my first child, things didn’t change much. We still ate out quite often and we still bought pre-made foods. Now, there’s nothing wrong with all of that, but for us, these weren’t wise choices. For our health, for our budget, these choices were detrimental.

Transitioning to cooking more at home…

After a few years of practice in the kitchen and a few financial slaps in the face, we finally realized the importance of cooking at home and how simple cooking from scratch can actually be.

We decided on a bi-weekly grocery run so we were buying canned soups, frozen meat, and frozen produce to get us through two weeks.

Then, following some health issues such as thyroid issues and also gestational diabetes during my third pregnancy, I knew we needed to change something. We decided to go the whole/traditional foods route. Just real, wholesome, nourishing food. It was almost as if I had to learn how to cook and what to cook all over again.

…and then to cooking real food.

This is when I really began to embrace the idea of planning my meals. It simplified everything. We started buying bulk and basics. Oats, sucanat, flour, baking powder & soda, beans, nuts, rice. We started buying these dry goods in bulk so we always had them on hand. We started budgeting for farm fresh, free range eggs, maple syrup, and honey. We stopped buying canned soups and started making soups, stocks and broth from scratch. Just those changes made something in my mind just switch. I had good food in my home that was versatile and nourishing.

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How I prepare healthy meals on a budget

Over time, I have learned better ways to plan and budget for meals for our family. Specifically, there are two ways I prepare healthy meals and stay at or under budget ($100-$115/week for our family of 5):

1) I go to the market in the beginning of the week and only shop for the week to come.

I find when I go shopping for food on Saturday or Monday and prepare for the week ahead, I am able to afford more fresh food such as produce and fresh meat that I normally wouldn’t be able to buy if I were planning meals for two weeks or more at a time. It does take more time out of my week because now I am planning more and going to the store more often, but it’s worth it to have fresh food in the house.


2) I try to prepare simple, basic meals that are nourishing and delicious.

These meals don’t have to be fancy. As long as they are healthy and good for your family, that’s all that matters, right? That’s not to say you can’t make an effort to make your food look pretty. Take pride in what you’re eating and serving!

I can usually get by only making two or three main dishes and squeezing other meals out of those leftovers or adding other types of meals such as breakfast for dinner (substituting eggs for meat), or utilizing one whole chicken for broth in my chicken soup and using the meat for three or four other meals.

I have found that it’s ok to repeat meals each week. It makes life simpler. If you have a handful of delicious recipes that the family enjoys, make them more often rather than fancy, new recipes that might cost a little more to buy ingredients for. I am not saying don’t try new recipes. I love trying new recipes. But as a whole, I try to make the same favorite meals every week or every other week and then throw in something new occasionally.

More often than not, we try to eat what we know. It helps us save money and time. It also helps if you have the basics around like flour, honey, oats, etc. These items can help you in a bind and provide the opportunity to add variety to regular meals such as homemade tortillas, biscuits and honey, cornbread, muffins, cookies, etc. Adding a yummy baked good to most meals enhances them! Also by being able to buy more fresh produce, adding a fruit salad, a fresh garnish, or a yummy side salad and veggies would be something different to add to your basic main dishes.


A sample weekly menu looks a little something like this at our house:

Monday: B- Oatmeal with cinnamon and milk. L-Tuna & Crackers. D-Chicken soup (homemade broth from whole chicken) with rice and veggies.

Tuesday: B- Eggs and toast. L-Leftover soup. D-Chicken tacos (with leftover chicken from yesterday) & homemade guacamole.

Wednesday: B-Oatmeal with cinnamon and milk. L-BBQ chicken sandwiches (again, with more left over chicken). D-Taco soup.

Thursday: B-Eggs or smoothies. L-Leftover taco soup. D-Homemade pizza

Friday: B- Toast, yogurt+fruit, or oatmeal. L-Left over pizza or taco soup. D-Chicken salad

Saturday: B-Pancakes. L-Leftovers. D- BLTs

Sunday: B-Fend for yourself (AKA something quick before church like fruit, toast, or yogurt. Lunch-Chili from the crockpot. D-Meal at our church for the kids, date night/take out for Mom & Dad.

Overall, the benefits of meal planning I’ve found are:

-Spend less money at the grocery store.

-Stay within budget more easily.

- The ability to purchase fresher foods more often.

-You actually might eat your leftovers!

-Spend less time on meals over all.

-Remove the struggle of “what’s for dinner?”

There are several resources that helped/help me meal plan. Some I use and some I have only looked at for examples.

Some good resources:

*I have not been compensated for mentioning/linking these websites. These do not include affiliate links.*

How do you plan meals for your family? Do you have any tips for busy moms who don’t think they have time to meal plan? Share your thoughts and meal plan tips in the comments below!

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