30 Minutes to Mealtime!

July 17, 2018

Looking for some quick and easy — and tasty! — dinner options this summer? The last thing you want to do during the heat of the day is spend time prepping meals, so we’ve pulled together our favorite 30-minute recipes so you can spend more time enjoying your dinner and less time cooking it!

 Get To Grilling

Grilling is the go-to food prep for summer and we have to admit, most people we know use their grills more than any other appliance during these long dog-days! Country Living offers 65 recipes for epic summer cookouts starting with vegetable kebabs doused with a lemon vinaigrette. Get your skewers, and “potato nails”, from Lowe’s on Wheatlands Pkwy in Aurora, just five minutes from Southshore.

With all the usual suspects, dogs, brats, pork chops, and chicken on the grill, Destination Delish and Joyful Healthy Eats have some ideas to help you get creative with toppings, slaws, salsas and sauces.

And since corn is a summer grilling staple, Reader’s Digest gives you six unusual and mouth-watering toppings to slather on your grilled ears!

Simple and Savory

Shellfish seems to taste better in the summer and this Pasta with Shrimp and Greens recipe from the Food Network is a healthy and tasty 30-minute meal. With a little red pepper to bring the heat, and a pint of cherry tomatoes and garlic, the basil and lemon zest make this dish a quick and tasty summertime dish.

And from Delish, this version of General Tso’s Shrimp and Broccoliis at most a 20-minute meal, with lots of garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup and mustard.

If you like piña coladas, you’ll probably want to sip the tropical lime dressing on this scrumptious Coconut Chicken Salad. It’ll take you just under 30 minutes to prep the coconut chicken tenders and mix with pineapple and lime. Hold the rum.

Icy Sweets

What summertime meal would be complete without a sweet treat for dessert? Try the always welcome ice cream like these Oatmeal Ice Cream Sandwiches, courtesy of Bon Appetit, made from crushed waffle cones, or from Neighbor Food, Mocha Oreo Bars – they’re the bomb! Or on a lighter note, try this delicate Strawberry Panna Cotta from Baked by An Introvert, made from pureed strawberries and gelatin. Fruity, creamy or chocolatey – pick your flavors!

Take It Out

And you know that just 10 minutes from your front door in Southshore are a raft of restaurants where someone else will do the grillin’ and you can do the chillin’! Explore the Lazy Dog on E. State St., the Lost Cajun on S. Main St. in the Southlands Mall or Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar on E. Plaza Ave. Relax and order your faves!

Make a Meal of it in Southshore!

Living at Southshore, the master-planned community within plain sight of an 800-acre lake, offers outdoor dining at its aesthetic best! If you’re near Southlands, you’re near Southshore, so stop by and tour the outstanding models from Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities, three of Colorado’s top builders. It’s life at the lake, in both ranch and two-story designs, priced between the upper $300s and the $700s.