Create the perfect playful mood with friends or family by serving up one of these light-hearted recipes. From sherbet to biscuits, there are recipes for every meal and fun occasion.
First up are our Strawberry Lemon Shortcakes. Tender biscuits get a little lift from sweet, floral lemon rind. For slightly taller shortcakes with soft sides, pack biscuits into a round cake pan; for separate shortcakes with crisp edges, arrange on a baking sheet with space between.
This five-ingredient recipe uses raspberry-flavored liqueur to enhance the fruit flavor; it also helps create a nice texture. Taste the strawberries; if they’re super-sweet, you can use lemon juice to boost the tartness of the sherbet.
Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Coarse-grained sea salt does not melt into the batter, so you experience a crunchy burst with every bite. Use any other nut you like in place of peanuts.
Tomato Stack Salad with Corn and Avocado
Here is the essence of summer in a standout side salad. This is the star of the meal; keep the entrée simple.
Brighten up weeknight dinners with these easy and flavorful tacos. The guacamole is very creamy and tasty on its own, so be sure to make extra.
Southwest Crispy Chicken Sliders
With homemade muffins, a crispy panko topping, fresh guacamole, and crispy bacon, you've got to try these fun and flavorful chicken sliders.
Chicken Fried Rice
Stir-fries come together fast, making them perfect for a weeknight supper. But because cooking happens so quickly, have all your ingredients ready to go and within reach before you heat up your wok.
Coconut Chicken Fingers
Kids love the sweetness that the coconut adds to the coating of these chicken fingers. This recipe uses rice flour instead of wheat flour for the coating, making it allergy free.
Meaty, cheesy, and delicious—kids will love this comforting dinner. Parents will love it, too—it’s quick.
These angel biscuits are light, fluffy, and oh-so-delicious. Serve with bacon, scrambled eggs, and cheese for a homemade breakfast sandwich, or with supper for a tasty side.
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Start a happy weekend morning tradition with homemade pancakes for the family. Blueberries, either fresh or frozen, give ordinary flapjacks a big flavor boost.
Mini Bacon and Egg Tarts
Whose face wouldn’t light up at the sight of these fun breakfast tarts? Green onions add color and flavor, but they’re optional. Omit them, if you prefer.
Minted Lemon-Lime Watermelon Agua Fresca
Sweet, tangy, and absolutely thirst-quenching, this beverage is one the whole family can enjoy.
Black Pepper Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Make a homemade sauce that delivers great barbecue taste: Chili powder and cumin add smokiness, while ketchup and molasses make it sweet. ’Cue lovers in North Carolina add slaw to this kind of sandwich.
Cheesy Pigs in Blankets
Treat your kids to this childhood fave, made lighter with turkey hot dogs, part-skim mozzarella, and pizza dough in place of a more buttery pastry dough. Serve steamed broccoli and apple wedges on the side.