Summer has a way of moving quickly once the 4th of July hits, and I have to admit this year feels faster than usual. Between travel plans and gatherings with family and friends, time’s flying! Do you feel the same?
We can tell that during the rush of summer, you took time to make delicious meals and treats for your families. And your favorite recipes on Simply Recipes this past month were very much a celebration of peak summer. It’s no surprise that produce-driven treats like zucchini muffins and berry hand pies topped the list. In between all the summer fun, though, dinner still needs to get on the table, so quick meals like meatloaf and egg stir-fry made the list, too.
Here are the 10 recipes you clicked on most in July.
1. Old Bay Seasoning
This copycat Old Bay seasoning recipe allows you to control the salt level to your liking while still remaining true to the flavors of the yellow, red, and blue tin.
2. Peach Pie Bars
Nothing against peach pie, but these bars are way easier and just as rewarding. Plus, they pack up nicely for picnics and potlucks and don’t even require plates and forks for eating.
3. Baked Zucchini Fries
Be sure to use panko breadcrumbs for this recipe, which have a drier and flakier consistency than regular breadcrumbs. This results in crispier oven fries that just beg to be dunked in warm marinara sauce.
4. The Quickest and Easiest Meatloaf
This humble meatloaf takes just 10 minutes to get in the oven and is infinitely adaptable. Try steak sauce instead of ketchup, and soy sauce instead of Worcestershire.
5. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
A healthy dose of chocolate chips turn this zucchini bread into a true summertime treat. Enjoy it toasted with butter for breakfast or even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert.
6. Oreo Ice Cream Cake
This show-stopping ice cream cake is a bit of a project, but one that you’ll deem worth it after just a bite. It’s the ultimate way to end a summer cookout with family and friends.
7. Tomato Egg
This classic Chinese stir-fry is as simple as it sounds and extremely satisfying. Use the best tomatoes you can find and serve them over rice.
8. Lumpia Shanghai
The best part about these crispy Filipino fried egg rolls is that they can be stored in the freezer uncooked, to be fried on demand for gatherings or even quick weeknight dinners.
9. Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins
Hiding inside these sugar-studded zucchini muffins is a generous spoonful of cream cheese, which makes them a sheer delight to break open and enjoy with your morning coffee or tea.
10. Blueberry Hand Pies
As berries come in and out of season through the summer months, feel free to get creative and swap in different varieties for the blueberries. Try strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or even a combination.