3 Summer Recipes for the Family


Summer is here and the kids are home, it’s time to mix up the dinner menu with some of these delicious summer recipes that will have them lip smacking and stealing off each other’s plates.

DIY Skewers:

The fun part for kids when it comes to family meals is their ability to take part in the process. These DIY skewers are great for the nights you want to grill in the back yard.


1 Yellow and Red Pepper

1 Pint of Cherry Tomatoes

1 Zucchini

1 bunch of mushrooms

1 lb of divined and peeled shrimp

1 lb of chopped steak


Salt and Pepper

8-12 wooden skewers

  • Marinate the shrimp and beef for 45 mins in separate bowls with your favorite marinade. Or keep it basic with salt, pepper, garlic and a splash of olive oil.
  • Heat outdoor grill to proper temperature to cook meat thoroughly.
  • Chop all the veggies up and place in separate bowls, line up like a buffet table, add the meat bowls.
  • Soak the wooden skewers in water for about 20 minutes before using to prevent splintering.
  • Have the kids, build their own skewer, encourage them to make it ‘colorful’ and add many veggies.
  • Throw on the grill until meat is cooked and done!



Pizza Stuffed Chicken Breasts:

Friday nights are great nights to order pizza or throw a frozen one in the oven! But as you and your family may be, you get bored with the same ol’ pizza. Try this new take on a pizza and enjoy the same great taste with less calories!


4 chicken breasts thawed and thin

½ cup Pizza sauce

16 Turkey Pepperoni

¼ cup Reduced fat Mozzarella cheese

Salt and Pepper

Italian Seasonings

  • Line a baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray, this makes for easy clean up!
  • Thaw your chicken breasts and place on cutting board with a piece of wax paper or ceran wrap. Pound chicken to make it thin and easier to roll.
  • Now build your chicken breasts. Use a portion of the pizza sauce and cheese and your preference amount of seasonings, 2 pepperonis on each breast, and now roll and place seam down into your baking dish.
  • Use the remainder of cheese, pizza sauce and pepperonis on top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375.


Baked Ziti with Summer Veggies:

Who doesn’t love cheese and pasta?! This recipe is absolutely a yummy crowd pleaser. The flavors are fresh and the veggies keep it light. The key is to not tell the kids it has veggies, just scoop, serve and watch them ask for seconds.


4 ounces uncooked ziti

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups chopped yellow squash

1 cup chopped zucchini

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cups chopped tomato

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or dried

1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1 egg, lightly beaten

Cooking spray

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions and then drain.
  • Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan, squash, zucchini, and onion; sauté 5 minutes then add tomato and garlic; sauté 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 1/2 cup mozzarella and herbs.
  • Combine ricotta, remaining salt, and egg. Stir into pasta mixture. Spoon into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Salt and pepper to taste.


About the Author:


This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of nanny babysitter.

She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @ gmail.com.


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