Meat, protein and fish recipes
When it comes to the star of the meal, be sure you have two or more options to serve. After all, you're taking the time to cook and spoil everyone around the table. You might as well do it up big and have delicious leftovers for sandwiches and salads. Looking to reduce meat? Or, do you have a vegetarian guest on the list? Serve up an egg-based dish or soy, black bean or pea protein-based veggie burgers with all the classic toppings.
- Savory sheet pan tart with zucchini and goat cheese
- Chicken tikka masala
- Cobb salad with homemade chipotle ranch dressing
- Mini quiche with goat cheese and asparagus
Grilled vegetables and cold salads
Lean into fresh summer sides that everyone comes to expect at a summer party. We're talking about grilled corn on the cob, a bubbling pot of baked beans, crisp green salad, vegetable kebabs, marinated portobello mushroom caps, a pasta salad, and of course, grilled burger toppings. A mixture of sliced onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms are sure to get some ooohs and ahhhs.
- Broccoli salad with cranberries and creamy (sheep's milk) feta dressing
- Summer salad with ricotta
- Homestyle macaroni salad
- Roasted broccoli and cauliflower steaks with tahini
Summer party desserts
Let's be honest: At a summer party, dessert is pretty much eaten all throughout the meal. Think of making something that is simple to grab and enjoy while chatting with guests or chasing after the kids during a game of tag. We love cookies, bars, popsicles, candies and milkshakes. For a sit-down dessert at the end of the meal, individual servings of mousses, puddings or cupcakes are easy.
- a2 Milk® Chocolate milkshake
- White chocolate meltaways
- Banana pudding with chocolate ganache and hazelnut crumble
- Cookies and milk pops
Finger foods and snacks
Adults and kids alike will enjoy simple grab-and-munch picnic basics. You can never go wrong with a classic fresh-cut vegetable tray featuring hummus or a homemade creamy dip. A charcuterie board brimming fresh fruits, cheeses, rustic crackers, granola, marinated olives and dried fruits is a win too. Get as fancy, or basic, as you'd like. This is your party!
- Cranberry walnut granola
- Creamy and delicious ranch dressing/dip
- Cauliflower mac & cheese bites
- Buttermilk french onion dip
Warm-weather chilled beverages
Finally, let's celebrate summer with refreshing, festive beverages. For the adults, we love a good sangria, iced coffee, sun-brewed tea, or fruit-infused water. For the kids, a bright fruit punch, flavored milk or homemade lemonade will hit the spot. And of course, have lots of cold bottled water on hand for ample hydration.
- Raspberry milk cooler
- Iced vanilla coffee drink
- Carrot apple smoothie with ginger and turmeric
- Lemon cream cocktail
As you plan your summer barbecue menus, make an ingredient shopping list too! Don't forget to stock up on cartons of a2 Milk® for those homemade dips, drinks, and desserts. Here's to enjoying time with family, friends, and food this summer! Be well.