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June 11, 2018
Summer Entertaining Made Easy

Summer Entertaining Made Easy

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

For me, the warmer weather means eating outdoors as much as possible. This is especially true after last winter, which seemed like it would never end! 

Now that June has arrived, there’s much to celebrate on the deck, the patio or the lawn, including Father’s Day, graduation and wedding showers. 

It’s comforting to rely on tried-and-true recipes for barbecues, pool parties and picnics, but it’s also fun to mix it up with new recipes every once in a while. If you’re looking for something different, give these Grilled Zucchini Roll Ups a try. 

Grilled Zucchini Roll Ups make a perfect starter or side dish for outdoor dining. The filling features a combination of Hood Cottage Cheese with Chive and Parmesan cheese, accented with lemon and fresh ground black pepper. 

Cottage Cheese is the quintessential summer food. You can make quick and tasty meals with cottage cheese, including smoothies, and use it in a variety of warm-weather favorites, including appetizers, pasta salads and desserts. 

Here are some other yummy summer recipes featuring Hood Cottage Cheese to help you get out of the kitchen in a hurry! 

Basil Pesto Cottage Cheese Dip Three ingredients plus five minutes produces a rich and creamy dip guests will gobble up! Dips are a wonderful way to enjoy the bounty of fresh seasonal vegetables, and this dip is sure to disappear fast. 

Greek Pasta Salad The beauty of this dish, besides being delicious, is that you can make it a day ahead of time. Cottage cheese stands in for some of the feta cheese, cutting back on calories and fat. Chickpeas, artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes provide this pasta salad with staying power, so you feel satisfied after eating it as a side dish or a meatless meal. 

Summer Berry Trifle This is a show-stopping sweet ending that features fresh, seasonal blueberries and strawberries. Nobody will have the slightest idea that this classic has been made over to include Hood Cottage Cheese. Prepared pound cake eases preparation and this mouthwatering dessert comes together in about 15 minutes so that you can enjoy yourself more! 




Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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