The smell of a barbecue on a sunny summer day is one of the best ways to energize your senses. It's almost nostalgic; breathing in the delectable scents takes you back to enjoying the warmer months at family gatherings or parties with your friends (remember those?).
After all, is there a better way to kick off the weekend than firing up the grill and throwing on some of your favourite meats, veggies, sides, fruits and desserts?
If you're looking to get into the summer spirit with a few fresh and exciting recipes, a great way to level up your next summer barbecue is with a meal subscription service, like Goodfood. They have a ton of quality products that will make your next summer cookout easy, delicious and one to remember — even if it's just for you and your household.
Also, Goodfood is offering you eight free meals (four free meals in your first two baskets) using the promo code NARCITY8.
With a Goodfood subscription, you can have classics like steak, burgers and grill-ready chicken arrive directly to your door. And with veggie-friendly tips and tricks, along with plant-based proteins and sustainably sourced seafood available, there's something for everyone.
You can enjoy Goodfood recipes on their own, or pair them with other mouthwatering barbecue recipes for the ultimate backyard feast. From juicy chicken sandwiches and smoky garlic shrimp to wholesome, vegetarian-friendly black bean burgers, consider this your summer barbecue bucket list.
Spice Up Your Life With These Beef Keema Pav Burgers
All you need to do is season your ground beef patties with the included curry spice blend (garlic purée, coriander, ginger purée, sea salt, chili powder, cumin, turmeric) before grilling. Serve nestled between some toasted buns with citrus Brussels sprouts, carrot and tomato slaw for the perfect flavour combination.
For a match-made-in-heaven side, roast up some fries with the same spice blend as the patties.
Not Your Average BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Your taste buds will be jumping for joy with Goodfood's Chicken Piccata on a warm brioche bun.
This lemon and garlic-infused sandwich is made with flour and spice-coated chicken, perfectly complemented by aioli, pickled shallots and a salad mix of baby spinach, kale or arugula.
Take inspiration from one of Goodfood's recipes from last summer and pair these chicken burgers with homemade maple-barbecue meatball poutine.
Hallelujah For Crispy Fried Halloumi Cheese
Waiting around for the main course of your barbecue is sometimes excruciating, especially when you're hungry. That's why having appetizers to keep you and your household satisfied until everything else is ready is key.
For cheese lovers, try serving up a crispy fried halloumi cheese (you can get Chili & Herb Halloumi Cheese in Goodfood's Grocery section, which is available right after selecting your plan). These gluten-free bites are easy to make and so tasty, just grill each slice until the outside is crispy and golden, and the inside starts to soften. A squeeze of fresh lemon just before serving will get everyone's mouths watering.
Go Under The Sea With This Smoky Garlic Shrimp Feast
Perfect for fans of seafood, this smoky garlic shrimp with almond rice and aguachile salad will have everyone going back for seconds.
A great alternative to the usual steak, this recipe is quick and simple to make, thanks to Goodfood and their delivery service that will send the fresh ingredients right to your doorstep.
All you need to do is make the rice, toast the almonds, and cook your shrimp — seasoned with an aromatic spice blend including (but not limited to) garlic, sun-dried tomato, mustard, rosemary, smoked paprika and coriander — then toss everything together for a truly flavour-packed meal.
No Meat? No Problem With These Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Take meatless Monday to another level by serving up a black bean veggie burger. This thick and hearty burger is delicious enough to impress the pickiest carnivore.
Start by roasting them in the oven for 15 minutes, this prevents the burgers from being mushy and falling apart. Put the beans into a food processor with some spices, veggies, Worcestershire sauce and some egg to hold it all together and process until well combined.
Then all you have to do is form the patties and grill them up. Voila! Meatless burgers fresh and ready to serve.
Don't have the time to create burgers from scratch? Goodfood sells veggie burgers in their Grocery section too.
Finger Licking Good Southern Fried Pork Chops
If you need inspiration for date night, how about a romantic night in? With these southern fried pork chops, you'll surely impress whoever you're entertaining. The best part is they can be prepared quickly and easily so you can get back to your summer night with your sweetie.
Seasoned with a blend of mustard, dill seeds, thyme, caraway, coriander and paprika, the pork chops fry up quickly and are delicious served alongside potato salad and sauteed string beans. Your S/O will be so impressed.
Take Your Chicken To The Next Level
Chicken is the ultimate people pleaser but is it enough just to throw it on the grill and call it a day? Definitely not.
Cook up some aromatic and saucy pulled chicken to easily transform your meal from zero to hero. You can use store bought or homemade barbecue sauce, it's really hard to get this wrong. If you're signed up to Goodfood you can get access to their Grocery and Ready-to-eat sections, where you can pick up their Smoked Jalapeño Fiery BBQ Sauce if you really want to knock some socks off.
Add your chicken and sauce (along with some spices like smoked paprika and crushed red pepper) to a crockpot, turn it on, and then you're done! Assemble on a bun with your favourite toppings and don't forget a side, like Goodfood's Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Harissa Mayo, also available in their Ready-to-eat section.
Not Your Average Potato Salad
A good potato salad has what it takes to be the star of the show (even though it's a side dish). You can make this yourself with fresh-off-the-grill potatoes spiced with chillies and basil. If you're short on time (and a Goodfood member) you can grab yourself a ready-to-go Creamy Potato Side Salad from Goodfood's Ready-to-eat section.
To make it yourself, start by pre-boiling the potatoes, then toss them in yummy garlic oil and throw them on the grill along with some onion wedges. Once they're done, pour over a dressing consisting of vinegar, fish sauce, honey and chillies, and garnish with basil and sesame seeds.
Finish Off With A Sweet Treat
Even if you're stuffed to the brim with savoury barbeque food, there's always extra room for dessert. Goodfood's Grocery section has a mouthwatering S'mores Kit that's easy to make and a serious palate-pleaser. What's not to love about graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows?
You can even make them on the grill — a dying down charcoal grill or cooling gas variety works perfectly for this. Put your crackers on a piece of foil and place your chocolate on top followed by a sprinkle of kosher salt for a sweet and salty flavour. Hold your marshmallows over the heat with a skewer until your desired consistency. Then assemble and enjoy!
Goodfood members can pick one up in the Grocery section and browse other Ready-to-eat desserts like pies, cakes, cookies and many different ice-cream flavours.
So whether you're making a feast for your whole household or just a cozy grilled dinner for two this summer, there are so many options to make your barbecue a memorable one.
Goodfood can help with your meal planning for your cookout with a variety of quality products and recipes that are quick, easy, delicious and delivered right to your door. The only thing you have to worry about is the fun!
To learn more about taking your summer BBQs to the next level, visit Goodfood's website and use the code NARCITY8 for 8 free meals, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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