Summer is all about sun, fun, and food! So why not celebrate the warmer weather in style! I curated a great selection of summer dishes for your next BBQ.
Here are four different options to choose from. Depending on the cycle you’re on, feel free to swap out a protein (use beef rather than chicken). If you’re grilling, rather than use the oven or stove top for some of these recipes, fire up your grill and have fun. If a recipe calls to make meatballs, make patties instead if it fits into your BBQ plans a bit easier.
Greek Turkey Meatballs with Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce – form patties instead of balls if you want to use your grill
Chicken or Beef Skewers (Shish Kabobs) – this recipe contains a family marinade that you’ll love, especially if you like your meat a bit on the spicy side. The recipe is for one serving, but it’s easy to convert for a bigger party!
Here are a few ideas for side dishes, depending on which cycle you’re on. If a recipe calls to bake the veggies, perhaps using skewers on the grill might be an option.
I curated a few summer salads to go with your meals. These are all cycle 1 friendly.
Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad – you can skip the chicken if you want this strictly as a side salad
I personally love a great fruit salad for a sweet treat – use your favorite cycle 1 friendly summer fruits while they’re in season, such as red grapes, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and plums. If you’re in Cycle 3, add in some kiwi, apricots and maybe a banana or two. If you’re not sure which fruits are allowed in each cycle, check out the 17 Day Diet Cycle Food lists to find out which fruits are approved.
However, if you’re looking for something savory with maybe a strawberry (or blueberry) on top, consider these yummy mini cheesecakes (cycle 1 friendly)
A special thanks to husband and wife team, Tom and Sandra N., for the photo of their kebabs at the top of this post!