7 Family-Friendly Recipes for Summer

Catherine McCord Dishes Out Summer Deliciousness

Corrie D.
ByCorrie D.

It's summer and that means temperatures are rising, out-of-office replies are popping up, and parties with family and friends are moving outdoors. Whether you're headed to a BBQ in the park or celebrating in your own backyard, a cold beverage or chilled dessert is a must for beating the heat. Enter Catherine McCord, author of The Smoothie Project, Founder of Weelicious and Co-Founder of One Potato. This mom of three is all about “fast, fresh and easy” meals for families. To help our members whip up some family-friendly treats, she sent over a selection of fun recipes that are sure to be a hit at any summer party or celebration.   

Frozen Yogurt Bark

Frozen Yogurt Bark


Directions for Frozen Yogurt Bark:

  1. Mix together the yogurt, honey and vanilla. 
  2. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet in an even layer and sprinkle with desired toppings. 
  3. Freeze overnight, then break into pieces and serve. 

Red, white, and blue popsicles

Red, White, and Blue Pops


Directions for Red, White, and Blue Pops

  1. Place defrosted blueberries and 2 tablespoons agave or honey in a blender and puree until smooth.

  2. Pour the blueberry puree 1/3 way up each popsicle mold and freeze for 30-45 minutes.

  3. Combine the yogurt, milk, and 2 tablespoons of agave or honey in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

  4. Pour yogurt mixture 2/3 way up the popsicle molds on top of the blueberry mixture, gently tap to even out the yogurt layer, and freeze for another 30-45 minutes.

  5. Place defrosted raspberries and 2 tablespoons agave or honey in a blender and blend until smooth.

  6. Finish the popsicles by pouring the raspberry puree over the yogurt, place sticks in and freeze 6 hours to overnight, until frozen through. 

Parfait desserts made with fruit

Summer Fruit Parfaits


Directions for Summer Fruit Parfaits:

  1. Cut the angel food cake into 2-inch cubes. 

  2. Alternate layers of angel food cake, whipped cream, and berries in clear glasses or mason jars so you can see all the colors and textures. 

Fruity Mocktail


Directions for Fruity Mocktails:

  1. In a pitcher, combine the pomegranate juice, sparkling water, and 1/2 of the mixed fruit. Place in the fridge and chill until ready to serve. 

  2. Use the remaining fruit to make little skewers for garnish. 

  3. When ready to serve, pour the drink over ice between 4 glasses, making sure to get fruit in each one, and top with a fruit skewer. 

Coco-Blue Nice Cream


Directions for Coco-Blue Nice Cream:

  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy. (Start with 2 tablespoons of milk, and add more if your Nice Cream is too thick.) 

  2. Serve in glassess and top with extra (thawed) berries as desired 

Strawberry Popsicles


Directions for Strawberry Popsicles:

  1. Place the strawberries, lemon juice and honey in a food processor or blender and puree.

  2. Pour several tablespoons into the individual molds. (Follow the manufacturers directions for your mold).

  3. Freeze overnight (or a minimum of 4-5 hours).

  4. Serve! (Note: If your strawberries aren’t very sweet you can add honey, agave or sugar to brighten the flavor. If you’re making these for babies until 12 months, do not use honey.)

Star-Shaped Fruit Wands


Directions for Star-Shaped Fruit Wands:

  1. Slice the watermelon into 1/2 inch round slices, and then cut out star shapes using a three-inch star-shaped cookie cutter.

  2. Gently slide the blueberries on wooden skewers and finally place a watermelon star on the top.

  3. Place the skewers in a tall glass or in decorated floral foam as an eatable centerpiece.


Want more recipes? Check out these Red, White, and Blue Cocktails sure to liven up any festivities. 

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Corrie D.
Corrie D.
I like to interview founders, share inspirational stories, and highlight unique products. I was a member of Influenster for many years before I joined the company. To see my reviews and product insights, follow my OG Influenster account: @corriedavidson. IG: @corrieatinfluenster
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