28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

The time has come for dining al fresco. For picnics, potlucks, backyard barbecues, cookouts at the beach, and all other kitchen free eating. Today I’ve got a round up for you of recipes that you can cook or prep ahead. These are all things that are easily transportable and either don’t need to be refrigerated or could fit in a small cooler. The next time you’re invited to a party, you won’t be at a loss for what to bring. It’s gonna be awesome.

Starters, Snacks & Sides

Everybody wants something to snack on while their waiting for the main meal to come off the grill. And of course, a hot dog on a plate all by itself is just sad. Here are some things to get you started, fill out that epic cheese plate, or accompany your burgers and dogs.

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Easy Peanut Butter Hummus – serve with veggies or chips to keep people from lurking around the grill

Fancy Pants Sauage Rolls – These are great hot or cold, so pack them in your picnic for sure

Southwest Pasta Salad – Mayo-free and full of flavor

Blue Cheese Crackers – That’s right, you made your own crackers

Picnic Cheese Plate – Be a hero and bring a simple, affordable, and totally delicious cheese plate for the gang

Dill Potato Salad – This is potato salad with a dash of elegance

Loaded Baked Potato Salad – This is that trashed up potato salad that you’ve been dreaming of

Homemade Oat Cakes – Another option to serve with some really great cheese

On the Grill

Because we’ve all decided that frozen burgers are the worst, I want to make it easy for you to always have the best burgers. Make your patties ahead of time, pack them on ice, and throw them on the grill when you’re ready.

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Jalapeno Cream Cheese-Stuffed Burgers – A burger with a spicy surprise

Cuban Burger – Add pickles if you’re into that because they really should be there

Spicy Southwest Burgers – You won’t be able to keep your hands off them

Basic Burgers – My tips for making awesome burgers with whatever’s in your kitchen

Sweet Treats

So this section is the longest because, let’s face it, I’m gonna ask to bring dessert. But you have to plan properly if you want people to eat something delicious instead of sad and melty. All these recipes are very easy to transport and serve outside and don’t need to be refrigerated.

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Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kahlua Brownies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lofthouse Cookie Bars

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mexican Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

S’mores Brownies

Go eat outside while you can, kids!

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Creamy Sausage Dip

Creamy Sausage Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hey, friends. Thanks so much to those of you who left me sweet words of encouragement after my last post. I’m feeling empowered to make changes, not only to on my site, but in my life in general. I started by buying some brightly colored, elastic waist, wide leg pants to wear on the plane. They’re so comfy, but it’s hard to believe I’m actually allowed to wear these out in public. They’re basically fancy pajamas. I would normally never wear such a wide line for fear of looking fat, but I’m leaning in to cozy comfort and self-care this year, and so far, it’s working out well. Thanks to Kendi for the inspiration

And yet, despite all this willingness to try new things, I’m bringing you another “classic” recipe today. Read: an old recipe from waaaay back when I first started the blog and had no idea what I was doing. Real talk, I don’t have time to test enough new recipes during the week to bring you something brand new every week. Some of the stuff I try is a dud, and I’m not sharing anything with you unless it’s totally awesome. But reshooting old recipes helps me see how much I’ve grown. And even if I’m not as good as the professionals, I’m much better at food photography than I used to be, and that’s something worth being proud of I guess.

Creamy Sausage Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Now that I’ve figured out how to make English sausage taste like something, I’m feeling much more confident about bringing some of my old recipes back into rotation. Today it’s Creamy Sausage Dip. We eat chips and dip for dinner on the reg, but even if you’re not a heathen and eat actual food for dinner, this is a great hot dip for a game day party, movie night, or other gathering where people are pretending they’re not hungry but actually want to pig out on something savoury and delicious.

I think you might be able to stir just about anything into some warm cream cheese and come out with something heavenly, but spicy bits of sausage and some tomato and chillies definitely work. This dip comes together quickly all in one skillet. You could even make it in a cast-iron and serve it right in that. Damn, I should have done that for my photos.

Creamy Sausage Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re embracing the new and reimagining some classics and generally loving life. Put some creamy sausage dip on your table, and don’t forget to be awesome.

Creamy Sausage Dip
Serves 4
Creamy Sausage Dip is a little bit spicy and a lot bit awesome.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz Cumberland sausage, casings removed
  2. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  3. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  4. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. 4 ounces chopped tomatoes with chillies
  7. 8 ounces cream cheese
  8. Sturdy chips for dipping
Instructions
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add your sausage and break it up into small pieces with your wooden spoon. Sprinkle in the cumin, red pepper flakes and black pepper, and stir to mix. Stir occasionally until the sausage is cooked through.
  2. Add the garlic and tomatoes with chillies. Stir to combine.
  3. Finally, add in your cream cheese, and stir until the cream cheese is melted and just starts to bubble.
  4. Transfer your dip to a bowl, or not as you please. Serve warm with your favorite tortilla chips.
Notes
  1. If you're making this recipe in the US, you can just use Jimmy Dean or another bulk breakfast sausage that you love. You may or may not want to omit the cumin and red and black pepper. American sausage is already well seasoned.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Burger

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We know I’m a picky eater. It’s so obnoxious. A sliver of onion hidden in my pizza can ruin my night. The thought of putting a mushroom in my mouth is about as repulsive as the thought of eating worms. A slice of orange is two seconds of joy and then a big mouthful of disappointment. I’m the absolute worst. 

What you may not know is that I used to be worse than the worst. As a child I probably ate about five different foods. As a teenager in a small town with only about three non-fast food restaurants, going out to eat usually ended in a cheeseburger or fettuccine alfredo. It wasn’t until I visited exotic Oklahoma City that I got to eat my first meal at Chili’s. Not gonna lie, the first several times I went there, I ordered a cheeseburger.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Then finally one day I went craaaazy and decided to try something different. I ordered the chicken ranch sandwich (no lettuce), and it was awesome. Spicy crispy chicken paired with cool creamy ranch. What had I been waiting for? Trying new things was a great idea.  

Of course, since then I’ve gone much further afield (for me) and am totally into food. And of course I’ve learned that blue cheese dressing is actually much better with buffalo chicken than ranch. I mean, eating the blue cheese is kind of half the point. 

Now finding a good buffalo chicken burger in Glasgow is not as easy as I thought it would be. Luckily, they’re pretty easy to make at home. Well seasoned chicken, buffalo sauce, a soft bun and some blue cheese dressing are all you need. It may not seem so adventurous, but I assure you, it’s delicious.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Trying new things is awesome, but digging into an old favorite is just as great. Get yourself a buffalo chicken burger and smile!

Buffalo Chicken Burger
Serves 2
This Buffalo Chicken Burger is crispy, spicy, and so delicious.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  3. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, divided
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. Vegetable oil
  8. 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  9. 2 burger buns
  10. Blue cheese dressing
Instructions
  1. Cover each chicken breast in two layers of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin or something else heavy and unbreakable to pound your chicken to an even thickness, about half an inch.
  2. Place your flattened chicken breasts in a sealable bag or container. Pour over the buttermilk and add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Give your bag a good squish to mix things up and make sure your chicken is completely covered. Let this sit in the fridge for at least an hour. You could do this in the morning before work.
  3. On a plate or in a shallow container, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and another teaspoon of cayenne.
  4. Put a large skillet on the stove and add enough oil to cover the bottom. Turn the heat up to medium to heat up the oil before the chicken goes in.
  5. Remove your chicken breasts from the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off, and dredge each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour until covered completely.
  6. Fry your chicken breasts for about four or five minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. While your chicken is cooking add your buffalo sauce to a bowl or container that's large enough to fit your chicken breast.
  8. Once your chicken is cooked through, carefully move it to the sauce bowl and turn the chicken in the sauce a few times until it's completely coated.
  9. Add your chicken breast to the bun and top with blue cheese dressing and any other toppings you desire.
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