Make this simple Shrimp Scampi summer recipe for your al fresco dining tonight! Sharing our experience with this delicious, chef-level summer recipe and easy outdoor tablescape in a sponsored post with new FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN™ Inspirations Meal Kits.
The weather is warm (okay, we live in Florida, so it’s actually HOT), but still… it’s the summer season and while the sun is shining, and school is out, we want to be out too. Many evenings, we will be found dining al fresco, water still dripping off of the kid’s wet swimsuits as they climb up to join us at the table. Outdoor dining is a favorite of ours, and especially now that we’ve made over our backyard, we like to spend as much time in our newly created oasis as possible, without electronics, without the rush of a full schedule.
Though the days seem to linger on as the sun drifts slowly over the horizon, allowing more time for play, for later nights, for more I-need-a-drink-of-water excuses of delayed bed-times, it seems as though our time for preparing elaborate meals and kitchen cooking is reduced.
Maybe it’s the heat or the desire to avoid creating more of it, but this summer season, I’m looking for easy. Easy meal prep, uncomplicated summer recipes, effortless ways to entertain around our table, painless cleanup and creating moments for ease of conversation, and happily so.
Outdoor tablescape tip: Use a tasseled blanket as a runner or tablecloth to change up the look and add some fun to your decor!
When the evening ushers in a nice breeze, we add to the chorus with our own overhead fan (totally a necessity right now) and set the table with a few items pulled from our home repertoire. Candlesticks from the mantle, an ice bucket filled with our favorite cane-sugared soda, string lights flickering overhead and a delicious dish as the centerpiece to plate from – all making up our own summertime melody of slow and memorable.
Lately my favorite option is pasta as it allows me to watch a very newly turned two-years-old Aria slurp up each tendril, though left to my own devices, my kids would be tired of spaghetti before the season was even begun. So, options that make it both easy on me, while keeping the flavor big and full of savory, real ingredients are a summertime staple.
EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI RECIPE WITH FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN
I just discovered the new FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN™ Inspirations Meal Kits at Publix that come in four varieties: Tuscan-Style Mushroom Risotto, Shrimp Scampi, Spicy Szechuan-Style Chicken & Rice, and Chicken Tikka Masala., It’s such a GREAT way to get chef-level meals, especially in this Florida heat, on the table in less than 30 minutes. Plus, it’s a weeknight dinner that everyone can help with, even my two-year-old, pasta-slurping Aria.
While kids love to splash in the pool and texts chime in to join friends at the beach, and more, there’s less time for meal planning, shopping and meal prep. But with the FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN™ Inspirations Meal Kits, SO much of that leg work is done for us and we don’t have to sacrifice our family dinner ’round the table for summer fun… we can still have both and get a delicious dinner on the table that our family enjoys with less time.
Grabbing a few FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN™ Inspirations Meal Kits off the shelf and quickly seeing what other very few ingredients are needed to create a full-of-flavor dish definitely ticks of the easy part of my summertime, meal-planning checklist. To bring home the flavors of Food Network in this Shrimp Scampi summer recipe, all I needed to add was the shrimp and a lemon. To accommodate our large family, I used two Shrimp Scampi Meal Kits to create this delicious spread.
A couple of boxes and a couple of ingredients – along with my purposeful and much needed run for milk and coffee creamer – in my basket and I was on my way. Easy shopping, easy preparation.
For just a few minutes of gathering supplies for the table and stirring up a hot pan of something delicious, it’s a few moments at the table of togetherness; and that is what I see as timeless, as necessary. And though tantrums, spills and he’s-looking-at-me-wrong cries are still somewhat inevitable, these moments of device-free conversation and pasta slurping are priceless.
Because then it’s back to bedtime routines, dish duty and alarm-setting before we begin the day again, with morning stretches out of bed, a new sun to greet, a new set of to-dos and another meal to plan.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FOOD NETWORK KITCHEN™ Inspirations Meal Kits.