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Are you looking for some easy recipes for summer? Wondering what to make for dinner when the weather is so hot? We know when it’s hot outside, we don’t want to cook!

With this in mind, we’d like to share a few of our favorite family recipes for summer.

Now, we know we aren’t food bloggers, but with the holiday weekend and grilling season, we thought we’d share four of our family favorite recipes. Maybe they will even become prized recipes for summer in your family too.

These are tried and true recipes that always get rave reviews. Perfect for an easy dinner with the family, or they are special enough for a party or barbecue with friends! They are light, healthy and make the ideal summer meal.

Recipes for Summer - Main Course

Recipes for Summer

In the summer, I can’t think of anything better than a savory, juicy burger. Over the years we have played with a few recipes and have come up with our own favorite, the Chipotle Spiced Burger. 

We like our burgers to be hot, juicy and full of flavor. This Chipotle Spiced burger has that for sure! It has a hint of smoke from the chipotle peppers that adds a unique flavor to the burger. Yet, it’s not too hot for even the little ones to eat. In fact, a regular burger to them is just boring!

Even though we like to use a leaner healthier ground beef, these burgers are juicy with our special ingredients. Take a look.

And if you like a little spice in your food, you need to try my deviled egg recipe with my secret ingredient.

Recipes for Summer

Chipotle Spiced Burger

This juicy burger is full of flavor with a hint of smoke from the chipotle peppers. A favorite in our family and yours as well.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 272 kcal


  • Barbecue grill


  • 1 lb. Extra Lean Ground Beef (90%)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Basil
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce minced
  • 1 tbls. Green chilies, canned chopped
  • 3 tbls. Bread crumbs, seasoned or substitute 3 tbls. ground pork rind for Keto friendly burger.
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • 4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices Pepper Jack cheese optional
  • 4 tbls. Guacamole optional
  • 4 slices Tomato
  • 4 Lettuce leaves


  • Beat egg. Combine with ground beef, basil, garlic, chipotle pepper, green chilies, salt and bread crumbs (or crushed pork rinds) in a medium bowl. Form into 4 patties.
  • Heat barbecue grill to a medium-high heat. Add patties and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Until a thermometer inserted in the side registers 160º.
  • Place burgers in the buns with the onion, tomato, lettuce and guacamole.
Keyword barbecue, burger, grilled, quick, summer

Recipes for Summer - Salads

Recipes for Summer

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad. Doesn’t this salad just look and sound delicious?!  Roasted sweet potatoes combined in a jalapeño lime dressing, tossed with black beans, red onion, sweet red bell peppers, and fresh cilantro…who can resist?!

This salad can be served warm or cold. In the summer I definitely prefer it cold. It’s so refreshing!

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Healthy salad with roasted sweet potatoes and a jalapeño lime dressing. This delicious side dish can be served warm or cold, depending on your mood.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American, southwest
Servings 6 people
Calories 179 kcal


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 2 tbls. olive oil
  • 2 jalapeños seeded
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 juice of limes
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400º. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Toss sweet potatoes and onion with olive oil in a large bowl. Spread out sweet potatoes and onions on the baking sheet. Bake 30-35 miniutes.
  • Place jalapeños, garlic and lime juice in blender and process until liquified.
  • Toss warm sweel potatoes and onions with black beans and red bell pepper in a large bowl. Add the jalapeno dressing, cilantro, salt and pepper. Toss well.
Keyword refreshing salad, serve warm or cold, Southwest Flavor, Sweet & Savory
Recipes for Summer

This yummy corn salad has evolved over the years. Adding more and more veggies and making the dressing a little more healthy. It’s packed with so many delicious flavors, it’s a party in your mouth!

There is also a lot of flexibility. You can use fresh corn off the cob, frozen corn or canned corn. Just use what you have readily available.

Crisp English cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, tasty cherry tomatoes fresh from the garden and crunchy jicama create the perfect summer salad.

It’s quick and easy to prepare, in fact it can be made in a matter of minutes. Just chill and serve.

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Corn Salad with a Spicy Lime Vinaigrette

Sweet corn, crisp cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, crunchy jicama and ripe juicy garden tomatoes tossed with a spicy lime vinaigrette.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 68 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups corn fresh off the cob, frozen or canned
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 red bell peppee diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup jicama cubbed
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 limes zest and juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbls. olive oil


  • Combine in a large bowl corn, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, jicama, onion and cilantro.
  • For the dressing, wisk together lime juice, salt, chipotle chili powder, chili powder and olive oil. Pour over corn mixture. Chill and serve.
Keyword fresh garden vegetables, spice lime vinaigrette, summer salad


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All of the credit for this recipe goes to my dad! He loves to experiment and make different flavors of ice cream. This recipe has been a favorite in our family for years.

It’s a wonderful combination, peanut butter and banana. And if you’re in a chocolate mood, just add some chocolate syrup into the mix. That’s delicious too.

Without a doubt the banana make this ice cream extra creamy and you just can’t go wrong with peanut butter.

You’ll notice in this recipe that you can substitute powdered monk fruit for the sugar. If you are watching carbs. this is a great way to lower the carbs, yet keep the yummy sweetness. I would way that 99% of the time I use monk fruit and no one can tell the difference. We’ll just keep that as our little secret. 😉

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Dad's Homemade Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

A creamy decadent peanut butter banana ice cream that everyone will love!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Churning 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 268 kcal


  • Ice Cream Maker


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar can substitute 1/3 cup powdered monk fruit
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4-1/3 cup natural peanut butter


  • Place all ingredients in the a blender. Whirl until smooth. Chill for at least one hour.
  • Pour cream mixture into an ice cream maker and churn to desired consistency, about 20 minutes. Immediately transfer ice cream into serving dishes or freeze in an airtight container.
Keyword banana, creamy, decadent ice cream, homemade, ice cream, peanut butter

Now as you’re wondering what to fix for dinner or planning the menu for a summer party, we hope you’ll try 1, 2 or all of these recipes for summer. 

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