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5 Tasty Summer Dishes Your Kids WILL Eat

Hard to believe Summer is just days away.  Temps are already heating up and this fab mama is not one to be cooped up in some sweltering kitchen.  Now is the time to stock your pantry with items for those quick 'n easy, light 'n tasty meals even the pickiest eater will enjoy.

Chicken Salad   I love this easy 3-ingredient chicken salad recipe featured on Atta Girl Says blog.  Yes, only 3 ingredients and it can be served on a bed of lettuce, with crackers or between two slices of bread.  Tip: Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the deli dept of your local grocery store. 


Salad with Fresh Fruit The chicas and I get together for lunch at least twice a month and when Summer hits, we dive into the Summer salad offerings at our favorite restaurants.  Last week I had a strawberry spinach salad with grilled chicken and it was both tasty and filling.  Strawberries and nectarines are my favorite Summer fruits - I buy them in bulk whenever they go on sale at our local farmers market - but I've been known to slice fresh fruit, put it on a dish and let the kiddos top their own salads.

Poppyseed dressing pairs well with salad greens and fresh fruit and I love Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing.  Tip:  Freeze leftover sliced fruit to use for smoothies the next day. 

Hummus  My kids love hummus and I owe it all to my brother.  He has been making hummus for years and it's one of his signature dishes. He was totally surprised when I "made" hummus cucumber toast points using hummistir.

Thanks to hummustir for sponsoring this post and providing samples for our review.  As always, the views expressed are mine.  hummustir comes in a cute coated cardboard tub and is filled with everything you need to mix a family serving size of hummus including a cute wooden spoon.  

Check out this video we made and see how easy it is to whip up some delicious hummus using hummustir. 


 Burrito Bowls The kids love burritos but notsomuch during summertime.  We found a quick and easy way to make our fave burrito bowls using microwaveable rice and pre-cooked grilled chicken strips.  A few additions of black beans, corn, salsa and toppings and tada, a delicious Summer meal the kids will eat.  Click here to check out a recipe for Easy Burrito Bowls 

Kebabs Summer means trips to the amusement park and have you noticed everything is served on a stick.  Corn dogs.  Grilled chicken.  Battered veggies.  Desserts.  Everything is on a stick so why not have a little dinner fun and let the kids make kebabs. I love this recipe for Ham and Cheese Sandwich Kebabs.

These are just a few of our family faves.  I'd love to hear what's on your menu this Summer.

What are some of your tried and true Summer dishes?  
Let me know, leave a comment below.






Pic courtesy of Kimberly Mears

Comments

Sarah Honey said…
Great ideas! I'm all about quick and easy recipes in the summer. So we have more time outside playing and swimming!
Christy Maurer said…
I love all of your ideas! Chicken salad sandwiches are favorites of mine! I love anything quick and easy.
What some delicious ideas, I am personally definitely going to try the ham and cheese kebab sandwiches they sound absolutely yum!
Hummus is definitely a family favorite around here. It's delicious with some crackers, celery or carrots. So healthy too!
Jacqui Stewart said…
Thanks for sharing these! I am all about quick and easy in general, but during the summer when it's hot? Who wants to cook over a hot stove. :)
AiringMyLaundry said…
Mmm, I love all these ideas. Hummus is so good! I eat it a lot with a bunch of veggies.
Claudia Krusch said…
The strawberry spinach salad with grilled chicken sounds delicious. I will have to try making one this weekend. Hummus is a family favorite.
Pam said…
My kids always loved it when I made kebabs. I don't know what it is about eating off a stick that makes kids think dinner is actually fun!
Maurene Cab said…
Kids can be too picky. I’m thankful that I came across your website. I’ll try all these dishes.
Jenny said…
My daughter loves hummus and fruit. Shes 2 and wont eat salad. Lol ive tried.
Rebecca Swenor said…
These are great dishes for the summer that kids would love. My kids always loved and tuna salad too. Sloppy joes is another. Thanks for sharing the dishes.
These all sound delicious and kid friendly. We love making pasta salad and chicken salad during summer.
chubskulit said…
I have tried the four in your list but the humus. I haven't tried preparing anything with humus.
WEMAKE7 said…
Thank you for all these new ideas. It's sometimes hard to get all my kiddos to agree on the same things, this list is great.
Paula Schuck said…
OH YES Hummus and also burrito bowls. What a great idea. I am always needing new ideas in the summer months. It seems like fast meals are the only good meals for summer months - and BBQ of course too.
My kids love burritos. They can have it any day, regardless of the season. This summer, we're stocking up on natural fruit juices and home made popsicles. That will cool us down through the rest of the summer.
Kiwi said…
I love burrito bowls. Those are one of my favorite meals and I am sure kids love them too!

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