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Summer Recipe Time! Easy Real Food Dishes for Any Occasion

Easy summer real food recipes

Ah, summer! Days full of being out in the sun, not a care in the world…

Whether you’re at a baseball game, out for a bike ride or relaxing on the beach, you still need to eat at least three meals a day, right? But you don’t feel like heating up the kitchen — or maybe even spending time in there at all if you can help it.

If you’re headed to the campground for a long weekend and are wondering what to take, or the family is gathering for the 4th of July, a family reunion or “just because” — What can you make that’s real food but a crowd favorite?

While plates of fresh fruit and vegetables are always welcome, here are some ideas to take it up a notch.

Related: Energy Efficient Summer Cooking

easy summer real food recipes

Appetizers, Dips and Condiments

Easy Homemade Potato Salad Without a Recipe


Summer Recipes Kids Can Make

Can’t see the video? View it on YouTube here.

Looking for those easy-to-take-along meals I mentioned above? You’ll want to check out my eBook The Family Camping Handbook. Whether you are camping in the backyard or the state forest, this book contains 36 recipes to be made on the road. I even include some tips and tricks for getting your real food to the campfire by prepping ahead.
Easy summer real food recipes

Main Dishes

Easy summer real food recipes

Desserts and Extras

Better Than a Box: How to Transform Processed Food Recipes Into Whole Food Favorites

Every real food cook needs some basic resources that everyone recognizes.

If you have a desire to cook real food more fluently or gain confidence in remaking some of your own processed style recipes using only whole foods, you’ll love the bestselling eBook Better Than a Box.

With 60 ready-to-go recipes and 100 pages of kitchen tutorials, your family will be singing your real food praises in no time. Click HERE for more info on the premium package, including the Kindle version.

Looking Ahead to Fall

Don’t forget to think about preserving the summer bounty – either from your backyard or the farmer’s market. Here is a quick list to get you started on having a taste of summer all year long.

What are your favorite recipes to make for a hot summer day?
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4 thoughts on “Summer Recipe Time! Easy Real Food Dishes for Any Occasion”

  1. I harvested a TON of kale from my garden last week and made the sausage, bean, and kale soup. It’s a good summer soup that my husband and I both enjoyed!

  2. Kamila Gornia | for passion-driven solopreneurs

    Love the roundup, lots of great links to check out 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    Thank you for this great list of resources! I have made your sausage, bean & kale soup – it’s one of my favorites. I am looking so forward to canning your restaurant style salsa. Thanks, again!

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