One of the best things about summertime is getting to enjoy all that the warm weather has to offer, such as lazy days by the Arcadia Run pool and cookouts in the evenings with friends. Yummy dishes such as hamburgers and corn on the cob are summertime staples, but the last thing anyone wants to do is spend hours in the kitchen when you could be outside enjoying the summer sun! We’ve searched high and low for some party-perfect dishes that only require 3 ingredients, meaning you spend less time inside and more time chowing down. Check out some of our favorites below!
Sweet and Smoky Brussel Sprouts
Didn’t your grandmother tell you to eat your brussel sprouts? Gone are the days of bland brussel sprouts; this recipe will have you eating them more often. All you need are brussel sprouts, dates, and everyone’s favorite ingredient: bacon! All of these combined make the perfect side dish for the dinner party you’re having next weekend.
Mac and cheese isn’t just for the kids anymore! Stir up some pasta shells in milk and add in cheese and you’ll have a delicious, cheesy bowl of shells to take to a cookout at the neighbors or by the pool. Tip: while this recipe only calls for shells, milk, and cheese, you can add in any of your other favorite ingredients to spice it up!
One of the most versatile sauces for the summer, pesto can be put on almost everything! Spread it on crackers with cheese, use on a caprese salad, or mix it in with pasta salad. Instead of pine nuts, this recipe only calls for basil (abundant during the summer months), EVOO, and salt and pepper. A perfectly refreshing topping like this will have everyone coming back to seconds.
The only thing hotter than the summer sun will be these poppers on the picnic table! All you need are fresh jalapenos, cream cheese, and bacon to whip up a snack or app that everyone will devour.
Finally, the best part of any cookout: dessert! Cool everything off with this delicious ice cream pie that you just have to assemble, stick in the freezer, and pull out when you’re ready to serve. This pie calls for a premade Oreo crust, whipped cream, and mint chocolate chip ice cream, but you can substitute in any ice cream flavor you want.
Nutella: proof that happiness can come in a jar. Grab some eggs, flour, and Nutella to make these easy brownies, perfect to keep around all summer long. If you’re bringing them to a party, hide a few for yourself because they will go fast.
Summer is the perfect time to find your brand new apartment home at Arcadia Run for a gorgeous kitchen to cook these delicious dishes this summer! Visit us online to learn more.