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Top 3 Grilling Menu Ideas for Summer Parties

Whether it’s a Southern Style BBQ, Mexican Fiesta or Vegetarian Cookout, these Grilling Menu Ideas will help you throw a delicious summer party!

Whether it's a Mexican Fiesta, Southern Style BBQ or Vegetarian Cookout, these Grilling Menu Ideas will help you throw a delicious summer party!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Char-Broil; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, I couldn’t wait to put my new Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill to work!

This grill is packed with awesome features that make grilling so easy, including even distribution of heat, technology that prevents flare-ups and a one-touch surefire electronic ignition. With these features, I feel totally comfortable loading up the grill with several recipes knowing that they’ll each cook perfectly even, and my food will come out extra juicy!

To give you some ideas for how to use this awesome Char-Broil Grill at home, I’ve created my Top 3 Grilling Menu Ideas, starting with the Southern Style BBQ, filled with everything from lemonade (yup, grilled lemonade is a thing!) to bbq chicken, skewers, sides and dessert!

Southern Style BBQ Grilling Menu Ideas

  1. Grilled Strawberry Lemonade
  2. Grilled Peach Balsamic BBQ Chicken
  3. Garlic Lemon Grilled Asparagus
  4. Grilled Rosemary Steak & Potato Skewers
  5. Grilled Berry S’Mores

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Slow Cooker Peach BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

In this delicious pulled pork recipe, a pork shoulder is slow cooked in homemade peach bbq sauce, shredded and made into sandwiches for a scrumptious lunch or dinner!

Slow Cooked Peach BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Last summer I created a Grilled Peach Balsamic BBQ Chicken Recipe, and for months after, I dreamed about that sauce, that sweet, smokey, flavorful sauce that you basically just want to eat with a spoon!

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Pesto Smashed Potato Salad

Pesto Smashed Potato Salad Recipe

Growing up, I was never a fan of potato salad, to be fair, I wasn’t a fan of a lot of foods, blasphemy, I know, the food blogger that was a picky eater growing up, say it ain’t so, oh, but it is!

A few years after moving to California for college, I started trying new foods and recipes, and realized what I had been missing all of these years, ahem, guacamole, the green stuff, freaking delicious, fish, sushi, yes, please, but one thing I can say I’ve never really taken a liking to is potato salad. I’m guessing my aversion to mayonnaise might have a little something to do with that!

So today I’m making a potato salad that’s colorful, flavorful, sans mayonnaise and filled with tons of green goodness!

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Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad

Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

BBQ’s, dinners on the patio, picnics on the beach, these are a few of the reasons I can’t stop smiling because it’s officially Summer and that means all of these things are happening on the regular!!!

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Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Chicken & peppers are wrapped in bacon, grilled & basted with a homemade teriyaki sauce in this simple, scrumptious recipe for Teriyaki Chicken Skewers!

Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewer Recipe

Three weeks ago, I was a judge at San Diego’s Bacon & Barrels Festival for the second year in a row. (I know, I know, my job does NOT SUCK! 😉 )

This years highlight for me was a Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewer from Corbin’s Q, a local San Diego BBQ catering company.

Since they don’t currently operate a restaurant in San Diego, I had to come home and recreate their delicious skewers so I could get another taste of the goodness!

Secret confession: I’m also always looking for any excuse to make my super simple, super delicious 10 minute teriyaki sauce recipe 😉

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Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

Hawaiian Turkey Burgers Recipe

With grilling season under way, all I can think about is what I’m going to grill next!

From Bruschetta Turkey Burgers to Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers to these Hawaiian Turkey Burgers, I’m always looking for ways to make burgers just a little bit healthier during swimsuit season, which just so happens to overlap with grilling season 😉

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Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers

Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers

The sun is shining, the coats are put away and the grill is lit, because it’s almost summer and that means grilling season is here!

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S’Mores Cinnamon Rolls

S'Mores Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

It’s Sunday morning, and I know what you’re thinking, how can I justify eating S’Mores for breakfast today? Well, I’ve got the answer, make S’Mores Cinnamon Rolls!

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Sea Salt Blondies

Sea Salt Blondies Recipe

It’s official y’all, I’m Stagecoach bound, and I’m taking the blondies with me!

That’s right, for the next 4 days I’ll be camping out, grilling burgers, and listening to some of the best country music by Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood!

I’ve wanted to go to Stagecoach for years (for those that don’t know, it’s the country music version of Coachella, way more up this Oklahoma girls alley!) but I’ve never had the opportunity to go until this year. The boyfriend and his friends have been camping out and attending the country music festival for 3 years, so I hopped on board, and of course, they immediately put me in charge of the food!

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BBQ Meatball Sub

BBQ Meatball Sub Recipe

Growing up, I loved to put BBQ sauce on everything! Maybe it was the sweetness of the sauce, or maybe the fact that I grew up in the south, but either way, I loved it!

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Watermelon Jalapeño Mojito

Watermelon Jalapeno Mojito Recipe

It’s Thuuuuursday, which means that it’s almost the weekend, and since 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year, most people have Friday off, which means it’s basically Friiiiiiiday, time to make yourself a mojito 😉

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Grilled Berry S’Mores

Grilled Berry S'Mores Recipe

This weekend is the 4th of July and I couldn’t be s’more excited (see what I did there 😉 ) to head to Houston to visit my sweet 90 year old Nana and the rest of my fam!

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Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad

Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe

Whether you’re grilling up Roasted Jalapeño Carne Asada Sliders, Bruschetta Turkey Burgers or Blackened Grilled Salmon, this Bacon Tomato Avocado Salad is the perfect side to complete a delicious summer BBQ!

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Frozen Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

Frozen Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars for 4th of July

When it comes to holidays, I always think about my Mom. She loves to decorate, celebrate and bake for every holiday!

Growing up, I was always the kid taking some kind of “holiday themed” treat to school. I guess you could say that translated to my adult life, because I now feel the need to make a themed treat for every holiday… well that and the encouragement of the almighty Pinterest 😉

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Caprese Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Caprese Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe

And today on the blog… more grilling goodness!!

For today’s recipe I’m combining one of my favorite summer salads, the caprese, with the deliciousness of a grilled chicken sandwich!

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Grilled Peach Balsamic BBQ Chicken

Grilled Peach Balsamic BBQ Chicken Recipe

It’s officially prime peach season, and with every adventure to the farmers market or grocery store, I can’t help but take in the smell of sweet peach goodness as I walk by stacks and stacks of this delectable Summer fruit!

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Bruschetta Turkey Burgers

Bruschetta Turkey Burger Recipe

This past weekend kicked off the unofficial start of Summer with Memorial Day Weekend, which also means the start of grilling season… and swimsuit season!

While I’m not willing to give up a juicy delicious cheeseburger over the summer, I am totally up for slimming it down with turkey instead of beef! That’s why I partnered up with my friends at Jennie-O to create this fresh and healthy burger, perfect for getting your summer grill on while keeping in swimsuit shape!

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Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Hot Dogs

Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Hot Dog Recipe

When it comes to hot dog recipes, there are a lot of fun ways to mix up the delicious dish traditionally served at BBQ’s and summer parties!

While ketchup, mustard and relish may take the cake as the “traditional” way to top your dog, this hot dog recipe featuring grilled pineapple, roasted jalapeños and homemade teriyaki sauce will have you ditching traditional and going “Hawaiian style” on your next dog!

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Roasted Tomato Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Roasted Blueberry Tomato Quinoa Salad

As a food blogger, whenever a holiday rolls around, you have one goal in mind, come up with something that’s festive, delicious, hasn’t already been done and for me, something that doesn’t involve just throwing food dye in everything to make it color coordinate to the holiday.

Last week I shared my recipe for Gluten Free Dessert Cups that are naturally red, white and blue, and perfect for the 4th of July, but I still kept the holiday in the back of my mind over the last week to see if any more brilliant ideas would hit me.

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Gluten Free Dessert Cups

Blueberry Muffin Gluten Free Dessert Cups

This Saturday kicked off the first day of Summer and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited!

Summer means weekends at the beach, BBQ’s, 4th of July and deliciously festive food!

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Keeping Fit Through July 4th


It’s that time of year again. July 4th weekend is upon us along with hot weather and the need for BBQ preparations. This coming weekend we celebrate America’s independence and all the fine things we as Americans stand for, as well as the things we enjoy most such as country music, American food, and the outstanding fashion statements of red, white, and blue!

In between all the party planning, recipe choosing, and coordinating of family fun you probably have yet to realize this weekend could take a serious toll on your workout routine. Have no fear Little Leopard Book is here! This week we’re giving you the best ways to keep up with your exercise routine while still enjoying the sunshine and chowing down on the Independence Day feast. There’s nothing like the great outdoors and playing as if you were a kid again. These activities are so fun you won’t even realize your still logging your extra calorie burn.


July 4th Weekend Races
Calories burned: Estimated 100-150 per mile (depending on intensity and body weight)
There is a very small town in California called Bridgeport where I spent almost all of my 4th of July celebrations growing up. The town comes alive truly only one time per year and that just so happens to be this coming weekend. Aside from the parade, BBQing, and rodeo, there is a tradition that occurs every July 4th bright and early, the annual 5k race around Twin Lakes, the two fishing lakes outside of town. The race runs around both lakes through the trees and below the mountain peaks giving the perfect outdoor jump start to an awesome celebratory day. While you may not spend your 4th of July in this very town that I do, 4th of July races are a common event! Whether you can run a fast 10k or would rather slow your pace in a 5k with the family, there is something for everyone and it is an excellent way to keep your fitness routine up without interrupting the fun. To find a race near you be sure to check out http://www.runningintheusa.com/Race/FourthOfJuly.aspx


Calories burned: 200-400 per hour (depending on body weight and intensity)
July 4th is one of my favorite holidays for many reasons, one of them being that it falls during the perfect time of summer! I am a hot weather fanatic. Whether you agree with me or not, the heat gives you the perfect excuse to enjoy some pool time. Throw on your American flag printed swimwear and dive on in to beat the heat, have some fun, and keep your fitness up!


Calories burned: Up to 400 per hour
Chances are you plan on visiting with your family and friends the whole holiday weekend, get them motivated to move as well and hit the trails. Heading outside and exploring all that nature has to offer can boost your mood and bust your muscles. With all the work of reality, it’s nice to unplug every once in a while.


Calories burned: 200 (moderate intensity for 30 minutes)
While you may not be a professional cyclist with a plethora of neon bike suits in your closet, that doesn’t mean you still can’t get a workout riding down the streets on a beach cruiser. Whether you need to grab a few missed items from the grocery store or just want to kill some time before it’s dark enough for fireworks, take comfort in the fact that you’re getting a workout in! With all this exercise you’ve been doing you may even feel inclined to go grab a soft serve ice cream cone. Of course, I recommend you ride your bike there ;-).


Calories burned: 100 (moderate intensity for 30 minutes)
Call the kids and throw the frisbee around the backyard. This activity involves little preparation, can be played pretty much anywhere, and is fun for all ages. Might as well burn a few extra calories while waiting for the burgers to finish on the grill, right?


Beach Volleyball
Calories burned: 280 (moderate intensity for 30 minutes)
If you’re lucky enough to live in a beach town like San Diego and are planning on watching a fireworks show from the sand, take advantage of the beach time and start up a game of volleyball during the day. This activity makes it easy to include your family and friends and will help you forget how crowded the beach is. Not only is it a fun and competitive way to enjoy the day, beach volleyball is also an awesome workout for both cardio and muscle work.


Calories burned: 115+ (moderate intensity for 30 minutes)
While you may normally think the line-dancing going on after the 4th of July parade is a little too cheesy, I say this is your year to join in! Release some endorphins, let go of your inhibitions, and have a blast. You can’t embarrass yourself if you’re having fun.

Follow our advice and keep your summer body strong this weekend! Other healthy tips include staying hydrated in the heat, keeping your alcohol consumption down, and following key healthy food swaps, such as substituting mayonnaise for Greek yogurt in your macaroni salad or reaching for hummus and veggies instead of potato chips! Be sure to check out our 4th of July inspired Pinterest board and build your BBQ menu Little Leopard Book style. We wish you all a safe, healthy, happy 4th of July filled with lots of fun and flavors! We can’t wait to hear about all the recipes you try!  Feel free to share your LLB 4th of July recipe pics on our Facebook page or tweet them over to myself or Whitney!

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Warm summer days deserve the perfect summer dessert, and that’s where these Frozen Cheesecake Bars come in! They’re super simple to make and a great cool treat to beat the heat!

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