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22 Simple Real Food Recipes You Should Make This Summer

Real Food Meal PlanningRobyn Downs2 Comments

Summer cooking is about grabbing the freshest ingredients possible and keeping things simple and streamlined so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time playing outside! To get you inspired, today I'm sharing 22 simple real food recipes you should make this summer.

The warm months are definitely one of my favorite times to cook and eat. Vibrant summer produce is the tastiest, and requires little more than a quick turn on the grill or toss with a simple vinaigrette to allow the flavors to shine.

Simple, real food recipes you should make this summer.

I've rounded up some of my favorite, ultra simple recipes to inspire you throughout the summer. Easy sides like pasta salads, baked beans, slaws, and salads. Healthy twists on barbecue classics like pulled bbq chicken, grilled chicken, and summery corn chowder. And don't forget about dessert. I've also included berry-filled crisps and fun pops to help you cool off on hot summer days.

These recipes are perfect for summer entertaining, barbecues, and potlucks. They're also great for weeknight cooking, so don't just save them for special occasions. All the recipes here are also gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened. There are plenty of paleo, vegan, and vegetarian options, too. So bookmark, pin, and share your favorites, and then let's get cooking!

vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo


Salads & Sides


Simple, real food recipes you should make this summer.

Main Dish



Desserts