Backyard BBQ Sides – Salads, Hot Sides and More

Backyard BarbequeIt’s the season for backyard barbecues!

I think one of my favorite things about backyard barbecues is the way it brings the family together for not just an hour at dinnertime, but an afternoon of fun and memories cooking and eating out under the big blue sky. There’s something about eating outside, off of the grill that just gives an extra special element to dinnertime. Not to mention an extra-good kick of flavors!

While grilling up meat and veggies is obviously the main part of a Backyard BBQ, the sides are equally as important!  A good side can really bring your meal to a new level and depending on what you serve, you can take your BBQ in all kinds of fun directions. I like getting creative with my sides, and there are so many delicious things you can choose from. Some of them are super simple. Some of them you can make in advance. All of them are really good and things we come back to time and time again.

Now, get out there and enjoy your summer evenings with some good BBQ and some of these sides!

 

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Almost Homemade Pickles

Balsamic Strawberries

Balsamic Strawberries

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad

 

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad

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Green Bean and Tomato Salad

 

Green Bean and Tomato Salad

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Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad

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Parmesan Fettuccine

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

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Parmesan Zucchini & Summer Squash

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Pasta Salad

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Hashbrown Casserole

Orange and Red Onion Salad - simple!

Orange and Red Onion Salad

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Mac and Cheese

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Microwave Corn on Cob

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Au Gratin Potatoes

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Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

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Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad

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Oven Fried Potatoes

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Asian Broccoli Salad

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Layered Cole Slaw

 

Layered Cole Slaw

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Homemade Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

Homemade Baked Beans

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Potato Salad

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Pressure Cooker Mac n Cheese

One Pot Stove-Top Mac & Cheese

 

One-Pot Stove Top Mac n Cheese

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Ranch Veggie Salad

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Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Simple Lettuce Wedge Salad

 

Simple Wedge Salad

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Slaw with Tomato and Jalapeno

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Corn Casserole

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Summer Corn Salad

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Sweet Potato Fries

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Tomato Artichoke Salad

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Tropical Salad

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Watermelon with a Kick

Wild Rice Salad - redeeming leftover rice

 

Wild Rice Salad

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Winter Fruit Salad

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Cumin Pork Roast & Beans — 30 Days of Whole Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Need a healthy dinner on a budget?  Try this one out and see what you think.

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For a lot of us, money can be pretty tight. Feeding our family healthful meals can be a challenge sometimes. But this one? It’s inexpensive. It’s very simple but it’s also delicious. And kid approved!
I’d definitely try it out on your family and see what they say, but I would almost bet it’ll be met with a resounding  round of applause.

I really love tacos because you can top them with whatever you like. I love guacamole, but you can fill them up with all sorts of goodies. And if you aren’t sure what to serve along side, check out this post for some fun ideas to make this the perfect, well rounded dinner.

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Moroccan Chicken — 30 Days of Whole Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Nothing like sitting down at the table and seeing something gorgeous. Like this.

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This is a delicious meal. It’s a balance of sweet and nutty. It has beautiful flavors, and it looks beautiful on the plate. I love colorful food, and this is definitely a vibrant plate of food.

I like this Moroccan Chicken because I love having a wide variety of ethnic flavors in my menu. I love it because it’s a slow cooker recipe (of course!) and that cuts down the time I spend working in the kitchen. This recipe uses an affordable cut of meat, so it will save you a few pennies too.  And it’s made from wholesome ingredients, so it’s good for you too.

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6 Meals in 10 minutes each – Slow Cooker Freezer Plans SALE!

You want to enjoy summer, so why not keep the cooking easy and your kitchen cool too!  Stop guessing about what’s for dinner and pull out a slow cooker freezer meal instead!  If you can spare 1 hour, you can have a freezer stocked with 6 meals ready to go for your busy summer days.

We’ve even got summer plans so you don’t have to eat soup or stew in July!  Load the slow cooker and spend your day having fun with your family.  Then come home to a great meal that required almost no effort on your part.

We’re having a quick sale this week on this great resource.  Get it for just $7.97!

That’s $4 off the regular price of $11.97.

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These meals are my “busy day emergency stash”.  They keep us out of the drive-thru lane, but require minimal effort to get dinner on the table.

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We’ve put together all of the Slow Cooker Freezer Meal plans from the last year into one big printable.  Now you can get dinner organized and ready in just 1 hour for a whole week’s worth of meals.  That’s about 10 minutes per meal!

You get 12 plans, each with:

  • 6 dinners designed to be assembled and frozen to be cooked later in the slow cooker
  • Side dish suggestions
  • Color-coded grocery lists
  • Printable recipes
  • Instructions on assembling all of the meals

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This is a quick sale and only lasts through Thursday July 2 at midnight Pacific.

All of the members to Weekly Meal Plans get one of these Slow Cooker Freezer Meal Plans each month as part of their membership.  It’s a popular benefit of being a member!

Here’s an example of a few months of menus.  Grocery lists, assembly instructions and printable recipes are included in the ebook.

  1. French Dip Sandwiches, Fries, Carrot + Celery Sticks
  2. Mediterranean Chicken, Pasta, Salad, Garlic Biscuit Bites
  3. Easy Crockpot Beef Fajitas, Corn, Chips + Salsa
  4. Teriyaki Pork Chops with Red Pepper and Pineapple Rice, Peas
  5. Chicken Shwarma Ranch Veggie Salad, Chips
  6. Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes Tomato and Artichoke Heart Salad
  1. Maple Apple Chicken, Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper, Pretzel Rolls
  2. Slow Cooker BBQ Peach Pulled Pork, Sweet Potato Fries, Carrot and celery sticks
  3. Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice, Peas, Egg Rolls
  4. Chicken Tacos, Summer Corn Salad, Chips and Salsa
  5. Easy Pepper Steak, Pasta, Salad
  6. Chicken Philly Sandwiches, Quick Cole Slaw, Fries

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake — 30 Days of Whole Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Pineapple Upside Down cake. That buttery, sweet dessert that we all love.  This one’s made healthier and you can eat it with no regrets!

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I’ve always loved pineapple upside down cake. It’s one of the things that just seems to go just right with summertime. I love how cake-y and buttery it is. But it’s not always the most healthful of desserts. Let’s be honest: I usually make it with cake mix. It’s good, but if you are looking for a simple recipe that doesn’t come in a box, this is a wonderful one.

It’s whole grain, but it’s still sticky and moist. And it has all the flavors you’ve always loved in the classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but it’s much healthier for you.  Plus you make it in the slow cooker. That makes it super easy and the perfect dessert for keeping the kitchen cool on a hot day.

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Greek Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowls — 30 Days of Whole Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Colorful food is the best. But who said it couldn’t be healthful, too?

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Healthy food is sometimes given a bad name. But food can be beautiful and healthful…and most of important, delicious!  That’s what this recipe is all about.

These chicken bowls are absolutely delicious. They are bright and colorful and full of great flavors. Cauliflower rice is a great way to get more veggies into your diet. And if you are a bit tired of rice, this is a fun twist to try.

The good thing about this recipe is you won’t mind the leftovers at all. They make a perfect lunch the next day!

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Paleo Teriyaki Chicken — 30 Days of Whole Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Chicken drumsticks! Who doesn’t love them? They are one of the classic foods Americans around the country.

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I like to serve drumsticks. They are a meal that is easy to serve, goes with a lot of different sides and that my family always enjoys. The nice thing about these Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks is that they are super simple to make and they are paleo friendly. There’s no hidden, less-than healthful ingredients in these guys. And look at how gorgeous they look, right out of the slow cooker?

I like to serve teriyaki chicken with a nice side of fried rice. I think hawaiian or asian coleslaw would be a great compliment to the meal, too.

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Cherry Chocolate Clusters — 30 Days of Whole Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

I’ll admit. This is not entirely  whole food friendly. But I can’t resist the dried fruit and nuts with chocolate!

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These chocolate cups look beyond incredible. Chocolate and cherries are one of my favorite combinations. I love the sweetness of chocolate, and the chewy tartness of the cherries together. Add in some of those delicious, toasted almonds and it gives it a wonderful salty crunchiness. It’s pretty much the perfect dessert on the go.

 

The one benefit of melting these candies in the slow cooker is you don’t have to worry about sitting over it and stirring it constantly. If you are careful to check that it’s staying on a low temperature, it will melt the chocolate gently and perfectly and make scooping up these into their cups easy and and worth it.

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30 Days of Whole Food and Garden Fresh Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Looking for easy, healthy meals you can make in your slow cooker? We’re sharing 30 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes that use Whole Foods and garden fresh produce this month! Click here to find all the recipes in the series.  Would you like a menu of slow cooker meals, along with a color-coded grocery list all done for you?  Find your perfect Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plan here.

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Paleo Spaghetti & Meatballs — 30 Days of Whole Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

If you need to cut out grains from your diet and are afraid of what you’ll miss if you do, this recipe is for you.

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I’m pretty sure Spaghetti Squash is one of the unsung heroes of a grain-free diet-or its something we think we would only eat if we “had to eat it”. I think for a lot of us pasta lovers, we’re afraid that we’re destined to only eat lettuce wraps and salad. And as good as those are, sometimes you just want the comfort of something familiar and hearty. Like spaghetti and meatballs.

I love spaghetti squash. If you season it properly and serve it right, it is so flavorful and wonderful. Okay, it’s not pasta. But it’s a pretty darn good substitute. And it’s so healthful for you!

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This recipe was created to be compatible with the paleo diet. It’s really easy to put together and the seasonings are everything you expect in a pasta dinner. Serve it with bread (if you aren’t following the paleo diet) or something delicious like grilled zucchini.

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Ginger Peach Pork Tenderloin

Ginger Peach Pork Tenderloin

 

One of my goals for this summer is to increase my grilling skills.  I’ve been wanting a ceramic grill for a while, but now is not the time for us to buy.  So I’m committed to really learning to use the gas grill.

I’ve cooked on a gas grill for years, but I’ve never really tried to learn any techniques.  But this year, I’ve really been working on seeking out good grilling methods.

Enter this 7-6-5 Method for grilling pork tenderloins.  This is so easy and so full of flavor!  I’ve done this multiple times already.  The process involves brining the pork for about 45 minutes.  Brining just means pouring cool water mixed with kosher salt and sugar over the pork and letting it sit in the fridge.  It couldn’t be simpler.

After the brine, I pat the meat dry and usually give it a generous sprinkle of McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning or McCormick Maple Smokehouse Seasoning.  But this time I decided to give it an extra summery flare and use peaches.

I pureed a couple of peaches, added McCormick ground ginger and rubbed the meat down with the peach sauce.  The sugar in the peaches gave the pork a nice char on the outside.

To serve along with the meat, I added a teaspoon each of brown sugar and soy sauce to the remaining puree and warmed it in the microwave for a minute.  The ginger, peach and pork make a wonderful combination!

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