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Outdoor Eats and Entertainment - How To Have An Outdoor Party Like a Pro

Outdoor Eats and Entertainment - How To Have An Outdoor Party Like a Pro

Outdoor Eats And Entertainment
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It's summer time, and here in the Midwest, we love to take advantage of evenings where we can eat outside. There are only a few months out of the year where the temperature is nice enough to take advantage of an outdoor setting. This year, we will be in NYC for my son's birthday, so we decided to have a get-together with our family prior to our trip so that we can celebrate his second year of life! 

Froozer Frozen Fruit Snacks - Outdoor Eats And Entertainment

Of course, we had a cake for my son's birthday party, but we also had Froozer Frozen Fruit Snacks (made with real frozen fruit!). These frozen healthy snacks are made with simple ingredients, such as whole grapes, whole strawberries, and whole bananas (as seen in the Strawbanana Bliss flavor). Flavor that comes from real fruit? Yes please! As a mom, I love a clean, short label on the foods that I give to my son, family, and friends.

Froozer's are made from non-gmo ingredients, are gluten-free, do not contain preservatives, and contain only 35-40 calories per serving. There are not any added sugars, juice, or concentrate - all the flavor and sweetness come from the ripe, flash-frozen fruit used to make Froozers. Oh, and they are DELICIOUS! My son (and I) cannot get enough of these frozen treats! They were a hit at our party! 

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Another way to really wow your guests is to take a recipe straight out of the new Oprah Cookbook: Food, Health, and Happiness. Oprah sums it up so well - is there anything else in life that we need more than those three things? Now, you may not know this. But I am a HUGE Oprah Winfrey fan. I was lucky enough to be a guest at her final farewell show with my Mom in Chicago back in 2011. This was a highlight of my year! 

Outdoor Eats And Entertainment

But I digress. Back to our party. Oprah has an amazing recipe in her cook book for Sustainable Halibut A La Grecque and a Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad. I prepared these recipes, along with some other grill food, for our guests. This cookbook is full of photos of Oprah from her life, and the recipes are some of her favorites that were created alongside her favorite chefs.

This book includes 115 delicious on-point recipes along with personal essays from Oprah herself. Just the act of flipping through this cookbook brings happiness - it is full of gorgeous images, and almost every recipe has a photo to go along with it (let's be honest, in the days of Pinterest, what's a recipe without a photo?!) The food at our party was a home run! 

Oprah Cookbook: Food, Heath, and Happiness - Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad
Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad. Oprah Cookbook: Food, Health, and Happiness.

Since we were grilling for our party, I modified Oprah's Halibut recipe to being prepared in foil on the grill. PAM cooking spray to the rescue! PAM bring superior non-stick properties to grilling. To prepare the fish on the grill, I pumped several sprays onto the foil prior to placing the fish in the foil. This non-aerosol spray bottle is easy to handle for all your cooking needs. PAM does not contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives - it ties in nicely with the healthy Halibut A La Greque I was preparing! 

Pam Cook Spray - Outdoor Eats And Entertainment

There are several varieties of PAM that you can use for your everyday cooking - check them all out here! I love that I can use PAM and only add 1 gram of fat and 10 calories per serving, due to the portion control-type natural of their pump system. Great flavor and easy clean-up are exactly what everyone needs when cooking!

Lastly, we also prepared a variety of grill foods for our guests. What better way to get this job done than with my True Value Grill Zone 3PC Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set?! A girl needs good grilling tools! This set includes a basting brush, tongs, and a 4 in 1 spatula. And listen to what this spatual is capable of - it a turner, meat tenderizer, bottle opener, and knife edge all in one tool.

True Value has the best grilling accessories and grill supplies, be sure to visit your local True Value today for your summer BBQ needs! 

There you have it! This is how you too can have an outdoor party like a pro. It's summer - take advantage and get outside! All of the above can help you to put on a get-together that everyone will remember. 

Cheers!

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