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7 delicious (and easy!) grilling recipes your entire family devour

Plus plant-based + allergy friendly meals.

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Summer is here and it's time to pull out the grill and pack on the flavor. Who needs the stove when you can grill quick appetizers or simple dinner dishes? Not all grill recipes are the same, so we searched for dishes that will wow your family and get them (and you!) excited about cooking outdoors.

We compiled a few mouth-watering dishes that your kids will love, and if you're up for it, invite your neighbors to join the fun from a (safe) distance. From grilled vegan hot dogs to Asian mushroom burgers there's something below that satisfies every taste bud:


1. Asian BBQ mushroom veggie steak burgers

Cotter Crunch

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp Huy Fong chili garlic sauce or asian chili sauce of choice
  • 1 tbsp GF soy sauce (tamari)
  • 2 tsp raw sugar or honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp gluten free BBQ sauce
  • 4 large portabella mushrooms, sliced into "steak strip" pieces
  • oil for the pan
  • 4 Little Northern Bakehouse burger buns
  • lettuce
  • hummus or vegan mayo
  • sprouts
  • sliced bell peppers
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the Asian chili sauce, ginger, sugar or honey, oil and tamari together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Use a damp paper towel to clean the portobello mushroom caps. Remove any stems, then slice the mushroom caps into thin strips.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non stick pan over medium to medium high. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the mushroom slices (1/3 of the batch at a time) and saute, flipping while cooking, for about 2 minutes or until the mushrooms are coated in oil and begin to soften. (They will shrink quite a bit.) Continue until you have cooked all the mushrooms.
  4. Transfer the sauteed mushroom slices to the chili sauce bowl. Toss well to combine.
  5. To assemble the burgers, lightly toast the millet and chia seed buns and then schmear one side with vegan sauce of choice (i.e hummus, vegan mayo, etc.).
  6. Place lettuce on the bottom bun, followed by 3-5 slices of the marinated mushroom steaks, sesame seeds, sliced bell pepper, and any extra veggies and sauce (from the bowl) on top. Serve immediately.
Recipe from Cotter Crunch

2. California grilled chicken

delish

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 slices mozzarella
  • 4 slices avocado
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 tbsp freshly sliced basil, for garnish
  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, honey, oil, and Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper. Pour over chicken and marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. When ready to grill, heat the grill to medium-high. Oil grates and grill chicken until charred and cooked through, 8 minutes per side.
  3. Top chicken with mozzarella, avocado, and tomato and cover grill to melt, 2 minutes.
  4. Garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Recipe from Delish

3. Bratwurst + chicken kabobs

Taste of Home

Serves:12

Time to cook: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pepper jelly
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) peach halves in light syrup, drained and cut into 1/2-in. cubes
  • 2/3 cup minced onion
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) mango chutney
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)
  • 1 package (14 ounces) fully cooked bratwurst links
  • 2 each medium green pepper, sweet red pepper and yellow pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar bourbon seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together vinegars, pepper jelly, mustard, salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup olive oil until blended. Add peaches, minced onion and chutney.
  2. Cut chicken into 1-in. cubes and bratwursts into 1-in. slices. Cut peppers into large squares and onion into cubes. Toss with brown sugar bourbon seasoning and remaining oil.
  3. On 12 metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread meat and vegetables. Grill skewers, covered, on a greased grill rack over medium-high direct heat, turning occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 10-12 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional brown sugar bourbon seasoning during grilling. Serve with chutney.
Recipe from Taste of Home

4. Grilled broccoli

Delish

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb broccoli
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Trim off the fibrous bottom half of the broccoli stem, then quarter broccoli head into small trees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, Worcestershire, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add in broccoli and toss to coat. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Place broccoli on the grill and sprinkle lightly with more salt. Grill broccoli until knife-tender and slightly charred, flipping every 2 minutes and basting with any remaining sauce, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan and more red pepper flakes, and serve with lemon wedges.

Recipe from Delish

5. Vegan gluten-free hot dogs

Making Thyme For Health

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry red lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup grated carrot, about 2-3 carrots
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour, such as brown rice, chickpea or gluten-free all purpose

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the rinsed lentils and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain then set aside.
  2. In a skillet, warm one tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the shredded carrot and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes, until soft.
  3. To a food processor, add the cooked lentils, onion/carrot mixture, worcestershire, spices, salt and pepper. Blend for about 10 seconds then stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Repeat this step until mixture is well combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add 1/4 cup of the flour. Stir to combine. Continue adding flour, a few tablespoons at a time, until the mixture is thick enough to shape with your hands. If you've used all of the flour and the mixture is still sticky, refrigerate it for 30 minutes before shaping into hot dogs.
  5. Roll the mixture into hot dog-like shapes, place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  6. When ready to serve, warm a second tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the hot dogs on each side until golden brown. Serve warm in hot dog buns with desired toppings.

Recipe from Making Thyme For Health

6. Tangy pork spare ribs

Serves: 2 rib racks

Time to cook: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 racks pork spare ribs
  • 4 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1 knob, grated ginger
  • 1 bunch, finely chopped scallion
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Sunny D Tangy Original
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F
  2. Place ribs in a sheet tray.
  3. Mix all rub ingredients together into a paste and lightly layer the paste onto the ribs.
  4. Rest in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
  5. When you are ready to prepare the ribs, whisk all glaze ingredients together until glaze thickens.
  6. Lightly brush onto the ribs, keep remaining glaze for basting.
  7. Wrap each rack tightly in foil and bake for 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  8. Drain the drippings to add to the glaze, mix together, and brush back onto the ribs.
  9. Open the foil, place the ribs under a broiler or on a grill until golden.
  10. Slice ribs and serve

Recipe from Sunny D

7. Grilled shrimp foil packets

Delish

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 smoked andouille sausages, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • 1 lb red bliss potatoes, chopped into 1-in pieces
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin wedges
  • 4 tbsp butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the grill over high heat, or preheat the oven to 425°. Cut 4 sheets of foil about 12 inches long. Divide shrimp, garlic, sausage, corn, and potatoes evenly over the foil sheets. Drizzle with oil, then add Old Bay seasoning and season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Top each mixture with parsley, lemon and a tablespoon of butter each.
  2. Fold foil packets crosswise over the shrimp boil mixture to completely cover the food. Roll top and bottom edges to seal them closed.
  3. Place foil packets on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes (or transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes).

Recipe from Delish

12 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$189

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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5 brilliant products that encourage toddler independence

Help your little one help themselves.

One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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What do Jacqueline, Morgan, Madison and Parker all have in common?

They say picking a baby name is an art, not a science. But when it comes to figuring out which baby names have been linked to successful futures, there has actually been some scientific work on the subject.

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