Throw the best summer party: A guide to a summer party menu

Who doesn’t like a good party? Whether you have a couple close friends over, have date night or you are hosting a party for a whole bunch of people, bringing people together over food has become a staple of summer living. So what if you could throw a party that would help your friends live healthier lives by eating healthier? Well allow me to make that possible for you. This is a guide to an easy and healthy summer time menu.
First you need a good appetizer that is fun easy to eat and healthier for you than mozzarella cheese stick. How does shrimp on a stick sound?


1 cup arugula leaves
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons canola oil
24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound), tails on
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

A tip: I use store bought pesto and store bought parsley flakes with lemon juice for the green sauce.


On to the main course!!!!
Burgers are a wonderful thing but let’s change up the summer menu and throw in some grilled chicken.

2 medium onions, chopped
1 jalapeƱo, halved and seeded

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 2-inch-long piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 cup orange juice
1 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
16 large chicken drumsticks (about 4 lb.)
 The chicken was amazing so go check out the recipe:

And for your desert: Use seasonal fruit to make a fun easy to eat desert that looks great and tastes even better.

2 cups richly flavored red wine (such as Bordeaux)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon minute tapioca
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pound ripe strawberries, hulled
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

A tip: If you want to make it child friendly you can use grape juice with no added sugar. This was a hit at my party:

And there you have it, appetizer, main course and desert that are not only tasty and fun but are also healthy can allow you to eat an entire meal with your friends that is seasonally conscientious.