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We’ve seen a very warm Arizona summer and have spent almost every evening in the pool. Poolside dinner, swimming and cool treats have been the regular routine for the past few months. With more warm weather in the forecast, we’ll be enjoying plenty of evenings poolside for outdoor entertaining. This week we tried a new recipe for grilled asparagus with mimosa dressing from Oprah Winfrey’s Food, Health, and Happiness Book. Summer vegetables on the grill is easy with the right tools and ingredients. My husband enjoyed using his new grill supplies from True Value and I had fun preparing the dish with smart ingredients like PAM Cooking Spray. Our perfect poolside evening ended with Froozer pops and swimming in our backyard pool. Outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to be complicated and we’re soaking up these last few days of summer break before school starts next week.
We have our regular short list of outdoor entertaining grilling and other food ideas but I was looking to add some variety to our evening. Frozen treats are both my daughters’ favorite part of poolside meals and outdoor entertaining so I was really looking forward to introducing them to Froozer, the all natural healthy snack made with frozen whole fruit. Our new Oprah cookbook had many different dessert recipes with beautiful images but for this night I turned to an easy fruit pop instead.
Froozer is a great tasting frozen snack made with 100% fruit – all the goodness and great taste of perfectly ripened fruits, with no added sugar, juice or concentrate. I’ve shared many times how my daughters have very different taste preferences. The large variety of Froozer flavors provided a great easy grab and go tube for everyone in our family to love. Save on your next outdoor entertaining dessert with this Froozer coupon.
My go to resource for recipes lately is social sites but there’s really something wonderful about flipping through the pages of a recipe book. Oprah Winfrey’s Food, Health, and Happiness Book is a personal cookbook where she shares recipes for a healthier and happier you. Not only are you getting 115 of Oprah’s favorite outdoor entertaining recipes but this book also shares her personal essays and journey with food. It’s essentially a behind-the-scenes look at Oprah’s real life full of beautiful photos and encouraging reflections to help you achieve a healthy balance with food. The book was the foundation to our evening outside and inspired our meal.
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Oprah’s book shares her weight loss journey and everything she has learned along the way. Using smart ingredients like PAM Cooking Spray goes so much further than dieting. You don’t need to add calories to cook great food. Unlike butter and oil, NEW PAM sprays help control how much you use so that you can reduce added fat and calories. The superior non stick and non-aerosol cooking spray has reduced fat and calories with only 1g of fat and 10 calories per serving! Changing your lifestyle, and the way you think about food, is so much more important that restricting yourself from the foods you love.
Discovering new recipes and foods is easy, preparing them correctly is not. I was looking at beautiful images and will admit to thinking my dishes could never be as pretty. I’m not extremely conservative in the kitchen but I know without the right tools, most recipes fail. The True Value Grill Zone 3PC Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set includes a 4 in 1 spatula that is a turner, meat tenderizer, bottle opener, and knife edge all in one tool. We gifted my husband a new grill for Father’s Day so the best grilling accessories was a perfect surprise to him for outdoor entertaining. Grilling with these new grilling tools truly was the beginning to success for new recipes.
Grilled steak and a side of Oprah’s grilled asparagus with mimosa dressing and Froozer fruit treats for dessert was a great poolside meal to celebrate one of our last evenings before summer break comes to an end. The food was delicious but the memories are priceless.
The countdown is on for the end of summer break but we certainly will continue our outdoor entertaining with many more warm evenings in the forecast. Our busy back to school routine is busy but never too busy for a night of happy kids and sweet family memories.
What are your best easy outdoor entertaining tips?