Quick and Easy :: 5 Summer Recipes for All Occasions


My husband and I both work outside of the home, so admittedly, dinners at our house can be a little lazy. We leave the house at 7 a.m., and by the time we make it home at 6 p.m. or later, we’re all starving and exhausted. So many nights, a quick and easy dinner that can be eaten sitting around the coffee table in the living room wins. Frozen pizza or lasagna. Pasta with jarred sauce. Hot dogs or burgers on the grill. Soups and sandwiches. Salads. Tacos. But, growing up with a family of women who can cook up a ten course meal to feed 50 people at a moment’s notice, I DO sometimes have the urge to get a little creative in the kitchen.

Here are a few tried and true (& and very easy) meals, sides, snacks, and desserts that my family never tires of – most of which can be easily toted to summer BBQs and shared!

Kid-Friendly Cold Cut Skewers – My kid thinks eating food off a ‘sword’ is the coolest thing ever and will always eat veggies and meat off a stick. #momwin


Chicken Salad – Perfect for baby/bridal showers. Leftovers make packing my lunch the next day super easy.


Slaw – A family BBQ favorite that my husband doesn’t like to share.

Cedar Grilled Tilapia – My husband’s favorite meal … and what we serve when we’re feelin’ fancy. We love to have this fish with grilled vegetables and a salad.


Strawberry Shortcakes – A Knies Family summer staple.


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Happy cooking!

Thanks for sharing!

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Samantha is a native of small-town Southern Indiana who loves exploring the Circle City with her husband and their daughters, Kate (October 2011) and Isla (December 2015). After finishing a degree in Professional Writing at Purdue, Sam made her way to the greater Indianapolis area where she learned to embrace the lack of hills and abundance of interstate. After an 8-year career in business development and marketing, she’s taken a step back from the corporate world to focus on her own business – GrayGirl Designs – where she designs invitations, stationary, and business materials and offers marketing services, graphic design, and résumé writing. When she’s not trying to balance family and her business, she enjoys (in no particular order): Jazzercize, yoga, crafting, horseback riding, way too much coffee, and hiking. Sam is also a melanoma survivor and a passionate advocate of skin cancer and sun safety education and awareness.