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This time of year, the backyard is in equal parts of dining room, kitchen, living room and play area. That’s all. An oasis of well-being. The cooking is simple and social. Food tastes better. Cleanup is quick, with many hands doing light work. And you know what makes it even better? Simplified grocery shopping.
It’s there that Walmart + comes in. The home delivery service has saved me a lot of time over the past year, so much so that I have maintained my subscription well beyond the time I expected. I re-registered when we were all (rightly) reluctant to go to the store. My Walmart + membership was key during COVID, and affordable to boot.
For $ 13 per month or $ 98 per year, you can have your groceries delivered for free, along with hundreds of other items (think housewares, pet food, cleaning supplies, gifts) . Some items arrive the same day. I renewed my subscription when I realized that Walmart + is not only an emergency measure, but also a great time saver for normal life.
On those lazy, hazy summer days, when we’re all so excited to get together to enjoy the outdoors, Walmart + made it easy for me to feed my family and friends in the blink of an eye. From charred vegetables to sparkling water, all the essentials are just a click away. My delicious, easy backyard meals almost always start with a quick online order from Walmart + and end – soon after – with a grill full of goodness.
Here is what I served repeatedly with the help of Walmart + delivery. Hope this inspires memorable meals for you and yours.
Fresh corn on the cob is a summer feature, but you don’t have to remove all that disgusting corn silk from the ears. Take those pre-cleaned corn cobs out of the packaging, wrap them in foil, place them on the grill and voila, all the work is done for you and all the deliciousness awaits.
It may not be obvious yet, but for me summer is a season that has to be as relaxing as possible. This means that, as much as I love to cook, I love to have as much work done for me as possible. Can I do a dry rub and cook ribs slowly on a low heat for three hours? Sure. Of course I could. Do I want when I can soak up the sun with a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other? Absolutely not. These prepared ribs save you time and are another quick dinner to keep on hand when you want something you can toss on the grill with minimal effort.
One of my favorite summer recipes is grilled shrimp, not only because they’re delicious, but because it’s so easy to keep a bag of frozen raw shrimp in the freezer and sear them whenever you don’t know. not what to cook. Let the shrimp thaw, rinse them well, then place them in a bowl with whatever you have in your kitchen.
I like to make a mixture of chopped garlic, lemon juice or white wine (or both!), Sea salt, pepper, and red chili flakes in olive oil as a marinade. Add a fresh herb like parsley or dill if you feel like it. Let it soak for an hour or a day, then grill it with whatever vegetables you have at home or put them on a salad. It doesn’t get any easier.
I love watermelon so much that I will eat it even out of season, but it is especially perfect in the middle of summer. Is it a breakfast food? Dessert? A snack? Yes, yes and yes. I put watermelon in breakfast smoothies; take it as a beach snack; eat it for a light and sweet dessert; and sprinkle it with feta, chopped mint, and sea salt for the best summer appetizer you’ll ever eat. (Believe me, it’s amazing.)
When I’m not in the mood for that aforementioned wine, I have a sparkling drink. La Croix Pamplemousse (French for grapefruit!) Is a delight. Refreshing and bubbly without being overly sweet, it’s great to keep on hand all summer long – and I appreciate not having to lug a heavy box around in my car. I say: Drink what makes you happy. For me, that’s it, the whole season.
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