Get Your Nosh on in the Great Outdoors

Campfire Breakfast Burger
Campfire Breakfast Burger

 

Whether you’re roughing it in the middle of nowhere or just lounging in your backyard with a cold one, we’ve got some flavorful camp recipes for you.

 

Savory:

Trail mix is good and all, but you deserve a real deal meal. Especially if you just spent the better half of the day hauling your gear into the woods and wrestling that tent into submission.

Grilled Shrimp Boil Packets

A gourmet dinner contained in individual packets! No need to dirty plates, or think of a side either. But you might want to think about dessert…

Campfire Curry Ramen

Jazz up that regular pack of ramen with chopped beef jerky, spicy curry powder, and a bit of onion. College hack much?

 

Snacks:

Growling stomachs are almost as bad as growling bears. (So let’s try to avoid both.)

Homemade Apple Pie Larabars

Pretty much dessert, but sooo much healthier. Simply blend up dried fruit, nuts and spices then you’re set! Make a double triple batch because these guys go fast.

Campfire Trail Mix

Deconstructed s’mores? We’re all in. Snack on this mix mid-hike, at midnight, or even in the movie theater. (Shh you didn’t hear it from us.)

 

Sweet:

We never forget about dessert in these parts.

Campfire Grilled S’more Calzones

Basically the best excuse to actually go camping… although you could just enjoy these ooey gooey treats from the comfort of your own deck.

Campfire Cones

Easier than putting together s’mores, so say goodbye to flaming marshmallows and prematurely melted chocolate bars.

 

Looking for more outdoorsy recipes? We’ve got you covered.

Chill Out & Treat Yourself

Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

 

Dessert and cocktails are always necessary.

Especially when you’ve already taken 11 cold showers and it’s only 4:14 in the afternoon.

 

Ice Cream:

Ice ice baby. Except these luscious ice creams are anything but icy…

Nutella Ice Cream

The next best thing to inhaling Nutella straight from the jar. Top your creamy treat with chopped toasted hazelnuts before serving for an extra nutty crunch!

Coconut Ice Cream

Ohh so tropical. We won’t judge if you perch one of those colorful little cocktail umbrellas right in your bowl of deliciousness.

 

Pops:

Fruity and festive, try whipping up a batch of your own refreshing pops! All you need is a little patience while they chill out in the freezer.

Watermelon Popsicles

Almost too cute to eat. But it’s no fun just staring at dessert. Popsicle juice should be running down your chin and arms. (Just don’t get the sticky, sugary stuff all over that new white outfit of yours.)

2-Ingredient Strawberry Popsicles

That’s right, you’re only 2 ingredients away from cooling berry bliss. Bring on the brainfreezes.

 

Cool Beverages:

Too hot out to even function? You can probably manage to gulp down a couple of these.

Blackberry Bramble

Gin + fresh lemon juice + blackberry liqueur (plus a hit of simple syrup) make up one heck of a summery adult beverage. Serve over lots of crushed ice with zesty lemon wedges and plump blackberries.

Sparkling Pineapple Barracuda

Umm what is Galliano?? You might be thinking some Italian philosopher but no, it’s really a sweet herbal liqueur. Add some light rum, fresh lime juice, and pineapple juice to the mix and your mind (maybe your body, if you’re lucky) immediately goes to the tropics. A splash of bubbly tops this whole situation off quite nicely.

 

Sweet tooth still raging? Even more thirsty than before? Slip ‘n slide on over to our Frozen Treats and Cool Beverages recipe collections.

If you’re in need of something savory, skip the oven and stir up a No Cook recipe or two instead.

Don’t Sweat It

Raw Pad Thai
Raw Pad Thai

 

It’s okay to say “no” to cooking sometimes…

Especially when it’s hot as heck out.

So grab your jumbo jug of H2O and whip up a few no cook recipes.

Because ice cream is only an acceptable meal 3 times a week.

 

Light:

The heat might rob you of your appetite for family-sized personal pizzas, but these light bites will surely hit the spot.

Spicy Tuna & Cucumber Bites

These flavorful bites will help keep you hydrated and provide a protein boost. You need as much energy as you can get! Unless midday napping is an option…

Avocado & Chicken Tortilla Wraps

Throw leftover cooked chicken in a quick, nutritious wrap. We’re always down when creamy avocado is involved.

 

Refreshing:

Cocktail sipping is a tasty option to help you cool down. (You need a little substance though too!)

Antipasto Zoodle Salad

We know it’s hard to beat real deal pasta. But a big boiling pot of water doesn’t sound like a good time when it’s already boiling hot outside. Cool veggie “noodles” will work in a pinch!

Chilled Tomato Yogurt Soup

This simple soup is super chill… just blend everything together, refrigerate, then serve. Don’t forget some fresh bread for dunking.

 

Sweet:

Treat your sweet tooth to a cold and creamy homemade dessert.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate + peanut butter for life. Did we mention these mouth-watering bars are gluten-free and vegan? Helloooo breakfast! hehe

Mini Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Fudge and Coconut Tarts

These decadent tarts will make your heart sing with joy. Bonus: you’ll get a little caffeine kick too!

 

Looking for more cool ideas? See our No Cook Recipes collection.

Fourth of July Fun

Very Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pavlova Jars
Very Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pavlova Jars

 

Start and end your 4th with a bang.

Hint: we’re not talking fireworks.

 

Independence Day Main Dishes:

Bring ’em out, bring ’em out! Really just some substance to accompany your great-aunt’s “famous” potato salad. *wink wink*

Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp

You can’t go wrong with this simple crowd-pleaser. Serve over fluffy white rice (to sop up that sauce!) with juicy pineapple wedges.

BBQ Pork Ribs

The messier the merrier. Or something like that. Don’t forget to pick up a boatload of moist towelettes.

 

Red, White & Blue Desserts:

These sweet treats contain fruit, so they’re pretty much healthy… just go with it.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Make your life easy and nix the need to slice an actual cake. Serving size = 4, duh.

No-Bake Blueberry Layered Cheesecake

Too hot to turn that oven of yours on? No sweat. This colorful cheesecake is just what the doctor ordered. (Let’s forget the dentist for now.)

 

Cool Beverages:

Beer is nice and all, but sometimes you need something a little more festive.

Blackberry Mint Mojito

Do you like playing with fire? This delicious fruity mojito is almost as dangerous as setting off homemade fireworks in your neighbor’s front yard. Consider yourself warned.

Strawberry Lemonade

Adults and kids alike can enjoy this refreshing sweet-tart lemonade. Grown ups, feel free to add a glug or two of chilled vodka.

 

Want to see more stars and stripes? Take a peek at our showstopping 4th of July recipe collections.

 

Dad’s Day Dishes

Cajun Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Caramelized Corn Polenta
Cajun Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Caramelized Corn Polenta

 

Aka meat, cheese and booze!

(Stretchy pants welcome recommended.)

 

Meat:

Bring on the protein!

Beer-Battered Fish

It’s hard to beat perfectly crispy fried fish. Beer just makes the whole situation 1,000 times better (no surprise there). Serve your fish with a tall glass of chilled beer of course.

Easy Traditional Greek Gyros

Not sure how to pronounce “gyro?” Doesn’t matter as long as you and Dad know how to chow down on a few.

Sugar Steak with Bourbon

Bourbon adds even more flavorful to juicy steak. Don’t overcook your meat! The steak will continue cooking after you remove it from the heat. And let that thing rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing in. Patience really is a virtue.

 

Cheese:

Get all cheesy. Dad won’t mind.

Carne Asada Chipotle Pull Apart Bread

Bread. And cheese. And meat. Plus you get to skip the utensils. Dreams do come true.

Calzones

Ooey gooey molten cheese stuffed inside golden brown dough. Yes please! Feel free to add your favorite pizza toppings in there too, like veggies. Or not.

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Now’s the time to bring out that hot sauce of yours.

 

Booze & Donuts:

Beer is good, but boozy cocktails are better. Donuts are icing on the cake… er donut.

Bacon Bloody Mary

Garnish with one (or five) strips of crispy bacon!

Kahlua Root Beer Float

End Dad’s Day with a creamy, spiked float. Feel free to add an extra splash of Kahlua. This is a celebration after all.

Peanut Butter Banana Donuts with Chocolate

Did someone say donuts?? Enjoy these bad boys for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. And second dinner.

 

Looking for more of the good stuff? See our collection of Father’s Day recipes.

The BigOven Grocery List is Now Available on Your Wrist

The BigOven Watch app helps home cooks with their grocery shopping experience

BigOven is launching its first-ever Apple Watch app today. The free app is available with the BigOven iPhone app in the App Store. Now grocery shopping for home cooks is as easy as a few quick taps on your wrist.

Enabling BigOven for Watch

Download BigOven’s 11.0.6 app version, then go to the Watch app on your iPhone. Launch Watch. In ‘My Watch’ tab, scroll until you find BigOven and tap on it. Slide to on position to show app on Apple Watch. Go back to My Watch main screen and tap ‘Dock’ to position BigOven as one of the apps you see in your Watch dock.

Adding Items to Your Grocery List

Add items as usual to your grocery list using your iPhone app or the website. The BigOven Apple Watch app will sync with your iPhone grocery list.

At the Store

Now when you go shopping, you can free up your hands for maneuvering your cart through the aisles, keeping your phone in your pocket or purse if you wish. Use your Apple Watch to tap items off your grocery list. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
    

Summer Summer Summertime Salads

Summer Abundance Salad
Summer Abundance Salad

 

Big, bright and beautiful salads.

For your summertime consumption.

 

Hearty:

Fill up on salad! Yes it’s possible and can be very much enjoyable too.

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Taco Salad

Probably one of the least boring salads you’ll ever meet. Not feeling the chicken? Grill up some salmon instead.

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

Maybe you’re tired of regular potato salad or maybe you just want to switch things up. Swap in cauliflower then dig in! (After being patient and letting it chill out in the fridge for a couple hours.)

Dilled Shrimp Pasta Salad

This popular pasta salad can be served as a main dish or as a side if you’re really going all out. Enjoy the leftovers (if any) for lunch the next day.

 

Refreshing:

The heat can take a toll on your appetite. Keep your energy levels up and your taste buds entertained by enjoying one (or all) of these salads.

Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Mint, Cucumber & Feta

This tangy, fresh salad sure won’t last long! We recommend making a double batch.

Summer Squash & Red Quinoa Salad

Who needs lettuce? This light salad will satisfy your hunger without weighing you down, thanks to protein-packed quinoa and toasted walnuts.

Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Try not to cook your green beans too long! Unless you enjoy mushy beans. The flavors in the salad develop as it sits so give your salad some alone time in the fridge before plating up.

Fruity:

Not your typical fruit salads. Gotta keep life interesting!

Fruit Salad in Orange Cups

Serve fruit salad in cups made out of oranges! Why dirty more dishes anyway?

Super Food Detox Salad

This healthy salad is packed with veggies, fruit, and protein. Plus it’s actually really tasty. Win win.

Watermelon & Cucumber Salad

Fruit and veggies made friends again. Top this salad with a little bit of feta for an extra treat.

 

Still in full-on salad mode? We have more recipes over here.

Dust off That Grill

Greek Lamb Souvlaki Plates with Avocado Tzatziki
Greek Lamb Souvlaki Plates with Avocado Tzatziki

 

And let’s get grilling!

Yes, even dessert.

 

Grilled Main Dishes:

Bring your appetite along for the ride because you’re going to have quite the time choosing just one of these entrees.

Grilled Satay Shrimp Skewers

It’s really all about that sauce. Not a fan of shrimp? Use chicken instead.

Cedar Plank Grilled Sesame Salmon with Kimchi Miso Butter & Grilled Tomatoes

Grilling to impress? This right here is your recipe. (And there’s nothing wrong with impressing yourself… )

Chicken Caprese

This one’s a crowd pleaser, for obvious reasons. Grill up some baguette slices and you’re good to go.

 

Grilled Sides:

Why stop at the main event? You need some grilled side action in your life.

Grilled Asparagus with Gorgonzola Butter

Perfectly charred asparagus is pretty amazing on its own, but when you add funky gorgonzola butter to the picture this whole veggie situation gets even more exciting.

Olive Oil Parmesan Grilled Corn

Of course cheesy corn is a great idea.

Romaine Salad with Spicy Ranch, Tomatoes & Fried Onions

Grilling lettuce?! Yep, we’re a little crazy, but this technique is actually quite delicious, not to mention a fantastic way to use up slightly wilty greens that have been hanging out in your fridge for a little too long.

 

Grilled Desserts:

You’re on a roll. Might as well throw some dessert on the grill to end your feast on a sweet note.

Strawberry Shortcake Grilled Doughnuts

Yes, you read that correctly. Grilled Doughnuts. Bring on the drool.

Grilled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar Rum Butter

Slightly healthy, slightly decadent, and very flavorful. (Thank you rum butter.)

Grilled Pineapple

Clearly fruit gets along with the grill quite well. You could go the yogurt route, but we recommend topping of those juicy slices with vanilla ice cream.

 

Grill still hot? Get more flavorful grilling recipes.

Sample Flavors from Around the World

Shakshuka
Shakshuka

 

Without leaving your kitchen.

 

Fill Your Plate:

Give grilled cheeses a break and choose something a little more exciting. (Not that melty cheese on toasty bread isn’t exciting.)

Salmon Sushi

Yes, you can make your own sushi! Just be sure to get your hands on super duper fresh fish. And don’t expect your first (or second) round of rolls to come out looking perfect. It’s all about the taste, right?

Italian Meatballs

You’re going to want to whip up a big batch of spaghetti to keep your meatballs company. Don’t forget the freshly grated Parm!

Tostadas

Top a crispy tortilla with your fave toppings. Beans, cheese, and tomato is always a good combo… throw on sliced jalapeno for some heat and shredded chicken to up the protein factor.

 

Eat with Your Hands:

That’s right, no utensils required.

Garlic Naan

It’s way too easy to fill up on this buttery, garlicky, carby magnificence. So there’s no point in even trying to hold back.

Gyro Meat Sandwich Filling with Tzatziki

Make a double batch of tzatziki and straight up drink the stuff. You have our permission.

Pork Banh Mi Vietnamese Sandwich

This flavorful sandwich is definitely worth the extra effort. So set those jars of peanut butter and jelly aside then get to work.

 

Grab a Bowl:

Big bowl + big spoon is the way to go.

Beef Massaman Curry

Serve this comfy curry over a bed of fluffy rice. Perfection.

Cashew Chicken

Nutty, crunchy cashews are arguably the best part! Besides that sauce of course.

African Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew

This meatless dish is both sweet and salty. (And definitely hard to resist.)

 

Want to expand your palate even more? See our World Cuisine recipe collection.

Mother’s Day Done Right

Grilled Balsamic Chicken & Avocado Bruschetta Salad
Grilled Balsamic Chicken & Avocado Bruschetta Salad

 

Make Mom something special.

Just don’t forget to clean the dishes!

 

Brunch:

Serve alongside bottomless mimosas.

Crepes

Fill your tender crepes with fresh berries, banana slices, decadent Nutella, or pretty much anything Mom wants. Including ice cream. (Maybe skip the wine though.)

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks

Because regular french toast sticks are just too… regular.

Caprese Frittata

Wander into savory territory and whip up this mouth-watering frittata. Don’t forget the cheese!

 

Dinner:

Let Mom kick back and relax for the entire day. Now’s the time to bring out the wine.

Heirloom Tomato Pomodoro Penne Pasta

This light pasta salad is definitely not lacking in the flavor department. Serve warm, room temp or chilled.

Chicken Watermelon Salad

Juicy chicken watermelon salad is a real winner. The zesty honey lime dressing ties all of the delicious flavors together nicely. So don’t even think about using bottled dressing.

Grilled Citrus Salmon

You’ll want to go back for seconds, but save room for something sweet. (Make sure Mom saves room too! Unless you want all the dessert to yourself.)

 

Treats:

Bring on the sugar! These desserts are almost as sweet as Mom.

Raspberry-Rhubarb Bellini Smoothie with Blueberries

Serve this tasty, fruity beverage any time of day. Leave out the booze for a kid-friendly version.

Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes

Top these simple cupcakes with Mom’s favorite frosting. Buttercream is always a popular choice. You can decorate the cupcakes with sprinkles, berries, or edible flowers!

No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons

Like chocolate dipped strawberries but arguably better. Just taste for yourself.

 

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