In my family, several of our annual traditions involve food. While they really are all my favorite, one of highlights is in the summer: a big family barbecue. It’s a big potluck with my mom’s side of the family with everyone gathering around, bringing desserts and side dishes and my dad taking command of the grill. Unfortunately this year, I wasn’t able to attend. Actually this is the third year in a row that I have had to miss the barbecue (between Disney College Programs and a change of schedule in 2014) so 2016 will be my year. But even though I wasn’t able to attend, I wanted to pay homage to that tradition with a special post. So I reached out to some of my favorite food bloggers and members of the blogging groups I’m in. I wanted to celebrate summer and since today is Labor Day, this is my tribute to all those summer food fests that bring people together.
Spicy Loaded Guacamole
This recipe comes from Alexandra of Confessions of Bright Eyed Baker:
“A recipe for fresh, spicy guacamole loaded with red onion, tomato, and a touch of lime juice for maximum flavor. Takes minutes to make and SO much better than store-bought!
I’m obsessed with guacamole and making it from scratch really takes it up a notch with tons of flavor and a good kick of heat. And let’s be real, every summer gathering is better when there’s a bowl of guac involved!”
Strawberry Zing! Frozen Yogurt
Because strawberries and frozen yogurt. This comes from Sarah of Flourish & Knot:
“Frozen yogurt is one of those pleasures of summer, particularly when it is a hot, blistering day! (And our house has no A/C!) I love desserts made with berries or citrus, because they are the perfect palate cleanser after a rich BBQ feast.”
Greek Turkey Burger
This delicious looking burger comes from Samantha at
I chose this recipe because it was simple, fun to make, and the kids gobbled them up. They were a huge hit in my house and super healthy. Greek Turkey burgers are a great alternative to a regular hamburger. They are different but delicious and healthy.
Lemon Garlic Grilled Vegetable Kabobs
This last entry comes from Lindsay at Veggie Balance and I don’t need to tell you that I have her site bookmarked for future visits:
Description: Easy Grilled Vegetable Kabobs recipe using two simple, yet amazing ingredients for the marinade, fresh squeezed lemon and minced garlic really take it up to a whole new level
Why it’s my favorite: I honestly have a strong obsession with colorful vegetables. I absolutely love the way they just POP in pictures. Besides that though, I also have a strong obsession with fresh lemon and minced garlic. It’s a combination that goes together like PB&J. These are so easy to make ahead of time and then when you have company you just throw them on the grill and you get a healthy and delicious dinner for your guests. It’s perfection.”