Throw the block party of the summer with these easy recipes.
Cost per serving: 77¢
This simple dip comes together fairly quickly but to give yourself more time, bake the pita chips up to one day in advance. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature to make sure they stay crisp and delicious for party day.
See recipe: Edamame Hummus with Homemade Chips
Cost per serving: 25¢
Great on chicken, meat, fish or even veggies, this simple marinade is sure to become your go-to for grilling. This recipe makes enough for about 6 lb. of meat. If you’re not planning to make that much, think of it as 3/4 cup of marinade for 2 lb. of meat. Cover and refrigerate any extra marinade to use later on that week.
See recipe: Do-It-All Marinade
Cost per serving: $1.60
Want your kids to eat more veggies? Your family will love the flavor of grilled eggplant zucchini, squash and mushrooms right off the grill. If you have any leftovers, serve them the next day in a cold pasta salad or as a part of a toasty vegetable sandwich.
See recipe: Citrus-Herb Grilled Vegetables
Cost per serving: $1.28
Don't scramble around the day of the party—you can partially make this dish (through step three) up to a day in advance. Simply cover and refrigerate; the morning of your get-together, sprinkle on the topping and bake.
See recipe: Green Chile Mac and Cheese
Cost per serving: $1.79
Put a healthy (and tasty!) spin on an All-American classic with these mini burgers that use better-for-you ingredients like yogurt and turkey. No room on your grill? Bake up these sliders in the oven in less than 25 minutes.
See recipe: Turkey Sliders with Herbed Mayonnaise
Cost per serving: $1.62
Two summer favorites, rich Greek salad and satisfying pasta salad, come together in this quick and delicious dish. We used classic Mediterranean flavors like feta cheese, kalamata olives and spinach but you can make it your own by adding (or omitting) ingredients as you see fit.
See recipe: Greek Pasta Salad
Cost per serving: 55¢
You can make this simple salad the morning of the party but to avoid soggy almonds, pack the salad and almonds separately. Then, just before serving, toss the almonds with the rest of the ingredients for a satisfying crunch.
Cost per serving: $1.27
This quick side comes together in less than 20 minutes. When preparing the peas, stay on your toes—peas cook rather quickly and for this salad, they need a bit of a bite. To avoid turning them into a mushy mess, blanch for just three minutes and then immediately plunge into a large bowl of ice water.
See recipe: Three-Pea Salad
Cost per serving: 47¢
Don't just settle for banana bread—these moist cupcakes topped with a chocoate buttercream will be the hit of the block party. To get the best banana flavor, make sure your bananas are super-ripe.
See recipe: Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
Cost per serving: 78¢
You'll just need four ingredients for this refreshing summer dessert! We flavor up plain gelatin with cranberry juice to give it a true cranberry taste. For more variety, try one of the cranberry juice blends at your grocery store.
See recipe: Cranberry-Orange Gelatin Mold
Cost per serving: 20¢
These little two-bite cookies will be impossible for anyone to resist. Make them up to a day ahead of time and store in a resealable container until the day of your big party to give yourself more time.
See recipe: Peanut Butter-Cup Cookies