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Summer Recipes: Weeknight to Weekend

Fresh, easy recipes that are perfect for the warm weather.

by Team Onlia

From patio dinners to backyard cocktails, nothing beats a summertime meal outside. The warmer months call for easy recipe ideas using the freshest ingredients of the season, and switching things up with the BBQ. Despite the relaxing reprieve of hanging out and eating on your deck, it takes some work to get there – and between work and the kids, where can you find the time? 

Worry not. We’ve rounded up some easy, fresh recipes to take you from weekend to weeknight in a pinch. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or prepping meals for the kids, take a look at these ideas for recipes that the whole family can enjoy! 

BBQ chicken breasts

Before you fire up the grill for this one, be sure to brush up on your BBQ safety.

Put a spin on the traditional rib dinner with this chicken breast recipe instead. Juicy fillets are smothered in a thick, homemade sauce then tossed on the grill. Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar will give your chicken that irresistible flavour. Serve with a side of chunky fries, and suddenly you’re the master of BBQ.

Summer corn salad

You can’t go wrong with buttery corn, succulent tomatoes and a fresh basil vinaigrette. These delicious ingredients come together for the perfect summer salad. Aside from having to boil the corn, this dish can be all yours in under 20 minutes! Also, file this one under meal prep ideas – it’s the perfect recipe to make ahead of time for a refreshing last-minute addition to any weeknight meal.

Easy fish tacos

The kids will have a blast assembling tacos with all their favourite toppings. A versatile recipe, this version calls for white tilapia, homemade mango salsa and cotija cheese. Serve this crowd-pleaser with fresh coleslaw, and prepare for fish tacos to become a weekly event!

Shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta

This one’s perfect for both hectic evenings and intimate backyard gatherings. A big pot of succulent shrimp, minced garlic, and yummy angel hair pasta will please even the pickiest eaters. The sauce is made with dry, white wine and pepper flakes for a bit of zing.  Top it all off with some fresh parsley, and a few squirts of lemon.


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One-skillet shrimp and quinoa

The health-conscious people in your life will surely thank you for this healthy (and delicious) recipe. On those hot days when you just don’t want to fuss, try this one-skillet dish that resembles paella. Packed with celery, tomatoes, quinoa and shrimp, this light meal comes together in just 30 minutes. 

Roasted summer veggies 

Healthy meal prep has never been simpler. Slice up some zucchini, eggplants, onions and garlic. Then toss everything onto the BBQ (or into the oven) and cook until golden brown. Enjoy with a salad, and some BBQ’d chicken! 

Classic mojito

You don’t need a trip to Havana to feel paradise in your own backyard. A mojito is perfect on its own, or pairs nicely with fish tacos or even ceviche. Make your own version of this iconic drink with fresh mint, lime juice and a bit of rum.

Fruit and yogurt popsicles 

Healthy meal prep and snacks are fun and easy with these delightful popsicles. This version calls for frozen fruits, vanilla yogurt, and a bit of honey. Pour the mixture into small paper cups, then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for 5 hours, and you’ve got a low-calorie alternative to those store-bought treats. 


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