I love a celebration and for me eating outside in my back yard, our side covered or in our Asian inspired gazebo off of our front porch is one of the most fun things for me! Better yet if I have some family and friends to entertain, all the better and having a few delicious things to eat and drink makes things all the better! If you enjoy bringing the party outdoors, I hope that these recipes and menu ideas that include some of my favorite meals and that they will inspire you to enjoy the warm weather, the flowers and the other wonders of summer!

Pizza Party on the Grill Menu

Feel free to change up the pizza toppings depending on your guests. I chose a salad on top of my pizza. Another variation of a salad pizza is a favorite of my daughter-in-law, Victoria which is a grilled shrimp pizza topped with a Caesar salad! A Mezze Platter is a Mediterranean snack tray which pairs wonderful with pizza and can be individualized to become your own. The sweet, little Lavender Peach Melba Cheesecakes are also a favorite at our house! And include a Strawberry Mint Fizz to rehydrate from a day in the sun!

Mediterranean Snack Tray

Tomato, Pesto and Arugula Pizza

Peach Melba Mini Cheesecakes

Strawberry Mint Lime Fizz

Back to School Snacks Grown Up Style: Not Your Boring Vegetable Tray!


Garden to Patio Summer Barbeque: Pizzas on the Grill

Lavender Peach Melba Mini Cheesecakes

Strawberry Mint Lime Fizz

Summer Fiesta on the Grill

I love a fiesta on the grill and I have the vintage table linens to prove it! Grilled veggies are the perfect way to top a tortilla and add a few fresh ones for garnish! Some of my favorites include fajitas, quesadillas and tacos! I hope that you enjoy my sizzling menu idea which includes

Spinach Artichoke Nachos (if desired: place on a grill proof pan and heat up ingredients on the grill)

Tofu Fajitas

Grilled Cauliflower & Poblano Quesadillas

Mini Peach & Pecan Cheesecakes

Spinach Artichoke Nachos


Garden to Patio Summer Barbeque: Fajitas on the Grill

Grilled Cauliflower & Poblano Quesadillas

Mini Peach Pecan Cheesecakes (see the Grilled Cauliflower & Poblano Quesadilla blog post above for recipe)

Old Fashioned Southern Barbecue With a Twist

I grew up in the Midwest but now I live in Southern Appalachia and love every minute of it! I enjoy the gentile southern food traditions and have adapted some old favorites to make them plant based and to me even more delicious. This menu features some pimento cheese, a barbecue sandwich, potato salad and . Wash down your meal with some lemonade!

Pimento Cheese Pinwheels

Barbecue Tempeh Open-Faced Sandwich with Slaw

Southwestern Potato Salad

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Lavender Blueberry Lemonade

3 Super Bowl Party Snacks


2 New Ways to Fix Potatoes

Barbecue Tempeh Open-Faced Sandwich with Slaw

Barbecue Tempeh Sandwich

Skip the bun and serve your barbecue sandwich on grilled bread!

Makes 6 servings

2 (8 ounce) package of tempeh (I love our local Smiling Hara and their Raspberry Habanero Flavor would work well instead of my barbecue sauce)

1 recipe of Homemade Barbecue Sauce

1 recipe of Summer Cabbage Slaw Recipe (below)

6 slices sourdough bread

Olive oil

Garnish with cilantro sprig and slivered carrot if desired

Cut tempeh into 1/4 thick pieces across the short ends. Lightly brush with olive oil and grill on both sides until lightly browned. Lightly grill both sides of the bread. Pour warm homemade barbecue sauce over browned tempeh. To serve sandwiches, add warm tempeh with sauce over the bread. Top the tempeh with the cabbage slaw. Garnish as desired.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Many barbecue sauce recipes are full of sugar and salt without a lot of flavor. This sauce has a little kick but tastes delicious, tone down the spice if desired or use one of your favorites that doesn’t use excessive sugar or salt.

2 teaspoon canola oil

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/3 cup brown sugar

1-2 tablespoon of your favorite mustard

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

16 ounce tomato sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium sauce saute’ onion until it become soft. Add garlic, paprika, chili powder, cayenne and sugar until blended well and then add mustard, vinegar and tomato sauce. Simmer on low for 30 minutes

Summer Cabbage Slaw

This simple slaw will taste great with any meal. Have this recipe on hand!

Makes 6-8 servings

3 cups of cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded

1/2 cup carrot sticks

1/3 cup onions, cut into rings

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon mayonnaise (if desire a little creamy)

Salt and pepper to taste

Thinly slice or shred cabbage.

Toss the ingredients together and let set a few hours if desired.

The recipe for my Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and Lavender Blueberry Lemonade are included below in my Festive Spring Brunch Menu!

Festive Spring Brunch Menu

I hope that some of these recipe and menu ideas help make your summer party planning fun and easy! As a registered dietitian nutritionist living in Asheville, North Carolina, I love helping family, friends and clients find the joy in eating again and finding lots of new things that they love. I am so glad that you stopped by to read this post and if you enjoyed it, please feel free to pass along with your friends!

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