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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
26 thoughts on “Outdoor Entertaining | Grilling and Other Food Ideas”
Summer is best spent beside a pool!! Grilled asparagus with mimosa dressing sounds amazing!! I didn’t know Oprah had release a cook book!
This summer has been so warm and our pool has been such a blessing. Poolside dinners are the best! And that Oprah cookbook is fabulous!
Great tips and idea, I’m having a BBQ next week so this was very helpful.
Fun, enjoy your barbecue!
I’m a huge Oprah fan and I would love to try the grilled asparagus for years. Glad to hear that they have a non-aerosol version of PAM (I’ve used it since I was in my teens to cook).
I grew up with the PAM cooking spray in my home too; the non-aerosol version is fantastic. The grilled asparagus recipe is easy to follow and made a delicious side for our family.
I didn’t know oprah had her own cookbook out! Though Iw should have known, she seems to have her fingers in everything, lol. I will def check this out, I am always loooking for great new recipe ideas!
Oprah is such an amazing businesswoman and really does an incredible job making herself relatable to all women. Her book comes highly recommended and you very rarely see me endorsing books here.
I didn’t know Oprah had a cookbook out either. She is awesome! I’m going to check out that book!
I’ve really enjoyed reading about Oprah’s life and her relationship with food. We all love good food so it’s definitely a relatable read…and you get all these wonderful recipes with gorgeous photos!
This is what summer means to me: outdoor entertaining on summer evenings. Thanks for brining it all together with great products!
Same here. We have really enjoyed our backyard this summer!
Living in Florida our summers sound similar. Pool side, lot’s of grilling, dinner outdoors, and cool treats! These are key elements to the perfect summer.
Arizona and Florida are so similar – HOT! Pools definitely make it manageable.
Those fruit pops look amazing. It is pretty hot here but even in the winter they love them. I am adding Oprah’s book to my book list. I love her endurance with her weight loss challenges and success.
We’ve all seen Oprah’s weight go up and down over the years. I love that she has been real and honest about her successes and challenges. She’s such a powerhouse but she’s also raw and real and is willing to share the not so pretty parts like not feeling awesome about gaining back weight you worked hard to lose.
love summer grilling and especially veggies too! I actually didn’t know Oprah had a book, going to check it out.
I see Oprah’s book club suggestions often but not being an avid reader, I usually don’t pay much attention. This book isn’t about what she’s endorsing, it’s really about her life and her own love for food. It’s awesome!
That asparagus looks so delicious (I love asparagus), and I swear, Oprah always has the best books – from cooking, to her inspirational snippets.
I’m loving this Oprah book! And yes to that grilled asparagus!
I admit that I am not always a fan of asparagus. Except when it is grilled! There is just something about the smoky taste of the grill. Thanks for sharing these great food tips!
We don’t asparagus often in our home but this recipe added all kinds of healthy yumminess to it. The lemon, basil and parsley really add to the flavor!
I hadn’t read about the Oprah cookbook. It looks great – will have to check it out. Since moving out of the city, we can’t get enough of our grill, so perfect timing on this post!
Those frozen snacks are perfect for enjoying during a cookout. I love having the chance to share and eat with family during the summertime and enjoy being outdoors.
Ummm…how did I not know about Oprah’s new cookbook?? Everything looks so amazing—perfect for those hot Arizona summers!
I love grilling outside and hosting little get togethers. We’re actually moving into our new house soon and I hope to host much more!