Refreshing Mocktails that Are Simple and Delicious Anytime

Refreshing fruity mocktails are awesome on hot days. They are also perfect drinks to enjoy at special celebrations this summer or anytime at all.

The best part about enjoying a cool invigorating non-alcoholic mocktail, besides skipping those extra calories that come with alcohol, is that instead of feeling all headachy and foggy the next day, you feel great.

Plus, you can drive yourself home after the party ends.

1. Grapefruit Citrus Sparkling Mocktail

Photo Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

I love mocktails recipes with Sprite in them because they are fizzy and light tasting (and who doesn't like that fizz?). This gorgeous grapefruit mocktail recipe is a perfect summer drink to go with some of the tasty healthy summer appetizers and finger foods I wrote about earlier.

All you need to make this summer drink at home is grapefruit juice, simple syrup (totally optional, btw) some Rosemary or Thyme, and a splash or two of lime and lemon.

Get the Recipe at A Beautiful Mess.

2.  Simple Strawberry Granita Lemonade

Photo Courtesy of A Pretty Life

A cool refreshing slushy mocktail that is going to have everyone asking you for 'just a sip, please!'

I say, don't share - it is too yummy. ( am I being selfish? maybe....)

Strawberry ice cubes. Strawberry infused ice cubes. YUM.

Maybe just make a big pitcher of this perfect summer drink so you can share it with everyone if you are feeling generous. Even the kids can enjoy some because there is no alcohol in this drink, yay!

Get the Recipe at A Pretty Life.

3. Kiwi Lemonade Spritzer

Photo Courtesy of Woman's Day

If you love a drink that has the perfect balance of sweet and tart, then this Kiwi Lemonade mocktail is for you.

Blend, chill and enjoy at your next summer barbeque.

Get the Recipe at Woman's Day.

4. Peach Bellini Mocktail

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I love Bellinis, so this 3 ingredients alcohol-free version of my favorite drink really makes me happy.

Because sometimes you want the flavor, but not the alcohol so much. KWIM?

To make this drink extra tasty and delicious,  freeze the ingredients a little before blending.

Get the Recipe at Tablespoon.

5.  Watermelon Lime Mocktail

Photo Courtesy of Eat Yourself Skinny

One of the best refreshing healthy mocktails you should try this summer is this watermelon lime drink.

It is made without any sugar. And it is delicious. Deliciously healthy.

If you are counting carbs this summer drink is low in carbs and calories as well. So you can enjoy this drink guilt-free all summer long!

Get the Recipe at Eat Yourself Skinny

12 Iconic Muffin Tin Recipes You Can Eat Without a Fork

Savory muffin tin recipes are a great way to make fun healthy recipes the whole family will eat.

I have teenage picky eaters (yep, they can still be older and just as picky as ever.)

I have cooked different meals at dinnertime for each of them more times than I want to admit just to keep them each happy and fed.

Then I discovered the magic of muffin tin recipes.

Turns out teenage boys still love fun finger food. And that's okay with me. Fewer forks and spoons to wash. HA.

Even better, everyone in the family gets to customize their own individual muffin cups meals. No more bickering over how dinner is made.

So when someone wants chicken in their mini enchilada cups, but someone else wants just cheese in their enchilada. Not a problem. To each his own enchilada cups.

Sometimes it's the little things.

1. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups

One bite of  these savory jalapeno popper cups baked in a muffin tin, and you are going to ask yourself, "why have I never tried these little bits of heaven before?"

I am not kidding. Imagine biting into a crispy wonton filled with melted cheese, jalapeno peppers, cream cheese, and crispy bacon bits.

And if you prefer a vegetarian version, these poppers are every bit as delicious without the bacon.

Jalapeno poppers make a delicious appetizer, or better yet, a summer evening family meal outside.

Get the recipe at Meatloaf and Melodrama.

2. Easy Scrambled Eggs In Muffin Tin

Photo: Eating On a Dime

It is easy peasy to make scrambled eggs in a muffin tin. And kids get to eat their food with their hands, which makes this a perfect breakfast food for on the go busy mornings.

For leisurely weekend breakfast ideas, or for special brunches, try this make-ahead Asparagus Egg Bake Casserole.

Egg and cheese muffins can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator. You can also freeze a batch and have an easy quick breakfast to go for kids on busy school mornings.

Once you try this recipe, the old frying pan will get to sleep in mornings.

Get the Recipe at Eating On a Dime.

3. Mini Pizzas Muffin Cups

Photo: Taste of Home

Making mini pizzas in muffin tins is a great way to get kids in the kitchen to help make dinner with you.

When you need super easy recipes for those crazy busy weeknights, use refrigerated pizza dough and ready-made pizza sauce.

Save those homemade pizza dough recipes for leisurely laid back summer dinners with the kids.

Once you get pizza dough in the individual muffin cups, add sauce and toppings, pop in the oven for about 20 minutes, and presto, dinner is ready.

Get the recipe at Taste of Home.

4. Spinach Frittata Muffins

Photo: Rachel Cooks

Healthy Spinach Frittata Muffins recipe is easy on the wallet and leftover frittatas are easy to freeze as well, so you can enjoy them anytime.

They also make perfect crowd-pleasing appetizers.

It's a super simple quick recipe to make. All you need are eggs, cheese, milk, and spinach. Coat the muffin tin with a little olive oil, and you are ready to whip up a batch.

Add spices or ingredients that your family loves or just stick to the basic ingredients, either way, these frittata muffins are so good.

Get the Recipe at Rachel Cooks.

5. Mini Cheesy Enchilada Cups

Photo: Gimme Some Oven

Mini Cheesy Enchilada Cups are the best way to eat enchiladas because you get to eat enchiladas with your hands.

It's the little things, right?

Of course, for those nights you prefer to use a fork to eat dinner with, this cheesy chicken enchilada casserole recipe is every bit as delicious. And when fall rolls around, oven-baked casseroles are the best favorite comfort food.

Mini flour tortillas will fit nicely into muffin cups. Then everyone in the family can make their own perfect enchiladas, just the way they like them. Add the enchilada sauce, and pop the pan in the oven.

Make vegetarian enchiladas, chicken enchiladas, black bean enchiladas, all in the same muffin tin.

One pan. Yummy enchiladas dinner. Happy family. Easy clean-up.

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

6. Muffin Tin Cheeseburger Sliders

Mini Cheeseburger Sliders really are one of those unexpected things you can make in a muffin tin. At least to me anyway.

Add a salad and fresh lemonade to make a healthy summer meal for the family.

Turn this into a vegetarian muffin tin recipe by skipping the ground beef and using a yummy veggie burger recipe instead.

Start with half a hamburger bun pressed into each muffin tin cup. Then fill each cup with your seasoned filling mixture.

This recipe may take just a bit more time than some of the others as you need to cook the ground beef ( or veggie burgers and seasonings ) before spooning the mixture into the cups.

But once you have everything in the muffin cups and are ready to put the pan in the oven, these cheeseburger sliders will be ready to eat in about 9 minutes.

Get the recipe at Betty Crocker.

7. Quick Chili Recipe

Pull out your muffin tin to make an easy three ingredient chili cups recipe.

Use refrigerated biscuit dough to put in each muffin cup.

Add cheese into each cup and spoon in warm spicy chili. To make this recipe in a flash, use ready made chili.

Cover each cup with strips of biscuits (you need to save two of the refrigerated biscuits for this last step.)

Pop chili cups in the oven and they should be ready to be devoured in about 20 minutes or so.

Get the recipe at Pillsbury

8. Taco Muffin Cups

The whole family is going to LOVE these tasty little muffins filled with seasoned grounded beef and yummy taco fixings. Again, you can switch to veggie crumbles to turn this into a vegetarian taco recipe.

Mini taco muffin cups can also be made quickly on busy school nights if you use refrigerated pizza dough and packaged taco seasoning.

Get the recipe at Julie's Eats and Treats.

9. Veggie Mac and Cheese Muffins

Photo: Family Food on the Table

Of course, I had to include a healthy veggie mac and cheese muffin tin dinner recipe on my list.

I mean, mac and cheese is a staple in our house, and it probably is in yours too.

They look delicious and I figure what macaroni-and-cheese loving kid is not going to appreciate their favorite dinner being served as a finger food??

These muffins are filled with cheese, pasta and 3 different vegetables.

I know. 3 vegetables.

For kids that need extra encouragement to eat their veggies, hopefully, the lure of being able to hold macaroni and cheese in their hands is enough distraction to keep them from worrying about eating healthy vegetables!

Get the Recipe at Family Food on the Table.

10. Ground Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Egg-free and gluten-free muffins made with ground turkey and healthy veggies look

And did you know that this recipe for turkey is a much faster way to cook ground meat than cooking it in a regular loaf pan?

Ready to take out that muffin tin yet??

Get the Recipe at Five Heart Home.

11. Make Ahead Sausage Egg Cheese Muffins

Yummy make-ahead sausage egg muffins are perfect to grab and eat on crazy busy weekday mornings.

But they also make sweet and savory treats for a leisurely weekend morning brunch.

Make ahead sausage and egg muffins are easy to freeze. On busy mornings, all you need to do is grab some out of the freezer and heat.

To freeze egg breakfast sandwiches, let them cool about 2 hours after they come out of the oven.

Then go ahead and place them in a large zip lock bag and freeze.

Get the Recipe at EveryDay Savvy

12. Pancake Mini Muffins

Scrumptious pancake muffins are the best way to start a busy school morning. They are easy to make and even more fun to eat on the way out the door.

This recipe is for a mini muffin pan. So if you use a regular size muffin tin, you will need to add more cooking time.

Add family favorite ingredients like cooked sausage, chocolate chips or fresh blueberries to the mix.

If you are eating at home, then pour on the maple syrup.

If you and the kids are grabbing a muffin as you leave the house, skip the syrup. Maybe.

Get the Recipe at The Diary of a Real Housewife.

Healthy Summer Dinner Recipes for Kids (That They Will Actually Eat)

What is better on warm summer evenings than delicious easy healthy family dinners you can basically throw together, and that the kids will actually eat and enjoy?

I know, "Throw Together?" "Delicious?" "Kid-friendly dinner?" All in the same sentence, these descriptions sound, well, can we say, not realistic??

But hang on, don't shake your head and leave just yet. Give me a chance to show you some fun family dinner ideas for summer that really will have you thinking, "Hey, just maybe this gal is not crazy after all!"

Come on, give me a chance. I promise if you do not find something on the list you want to make, then you don't ever have to come back (but I hope you will!!)

Okay, deal? Here we go.

1. Taco Cones

Photo: Two Healthy Kitchens

Okay, what 'ya think? Kids love ice cream cones, so why not dinner served in a waffle cone??  This fun creative taco cones recipe should intrigue even the pickiest of the pickiest eaters. Even adult picky eaters.

2. Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

These pizza puffs look and are such a fun way to spice up a traditional homemade pizza recipe.

Add your family's favorite pizza ingredients and watch these cheesy pepperoni pizza puffs disappear like magic.

3. Rainbow Fruit Salad

Photo: Cooking Classy

Make this irresistible rainbow fruit salad with sweet honey lime dressing for an easy summer meal, and chances are it will quickly become a favorite healthy dinner idea for kids. 

Even if a fussy eater picks at the fruit he or she will eat, they are bound to get at least some healthy fresh fruit in them. 

Add some corn on the cob and bbq chicken for a true summer evening dinner idea.

4. Cheeseburger Cups

Photo Credit: Ethan Calabrese

Forget the plain old hamburger bun and instead, make eating cheeseburgers fun for kids by making this dinnertime muffin tin recipe to create "cups" out of bread. This is meal kids will love ( and grown-ups too!) After all, what is better than enjoying a no fork needed dinner?

5. Salmon Fish Sticks

Picture Courtesy of A Sweet Pea Chef

If your kids love frozen fish sticks (maybe you have a box of frozen fish sticks in your freezer right now?) then definitely consider making super-healthy homemade salmon fish sticks.

Keep in mind that typically even the healthiest frozen fish sticks do not contain the same amount of Omega 3 Fats as salmon does. That is because store-bought fish sticks are usually made from cod, haddock or pollock - all fish that contain less Omega-3 than salmon.

If you love salmon, chances are your kids will love salmon too.  Give it a try, because - why not?

6. Mini Chicken Sloppy Joes

Photo Credit: Ryan Dausch

This mini sloppy joes recipe makes a quick summer dinner idea when you don't feel like cooking.

You can freeze cooked meatballs for up to two months, as well as the sauce for the Sloppy Joes (just freeze them in separate containers.)

Besides being easy peasy to make, these sliders are fun kid-sized food that even fussy eaters will be tempted to try.

7.  Easy Cheesy Taco Roll-Ups

Cheesy taco roll-ups is a super easy meal for a family on the move this summer. These are made with seasoned ground beef, but you could easily make them with ground turkey as well.

The only other ingredients you need is pizza dough (frozen will work just fine!) and cheese. Of course, if there is other good stuff you would like to add in, go for it!

8.  Mini Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Photo Courtesy of Old House to New Home

This muffin tin mini macaroni and cheese bites recipe made with herbed cheese and pasta is a perfect meal idea for kids and a quick dinner idea for busy moms.

Even better, mini macaroni and cheese bites can be prepped ahead of time. Just keep refrigerated until you are ready to pop these cheesy muffin delights in the oven.

9.  Easy Chicken and Tomato Pesto Spaghetti 

Photo: Picky Palate

This deliciously healthy chicken and tomato pesto pasta will be a kid favorite recipe because we all know kids love plain and simple when it comes to food.

(And if tomatoes are an 'ick' factor in your house, just skip them. It's all good.)

If you are looking for easy kid-friendly family dinner ideas, put this recipe at the top of your list.

10. Waffle Grilled Cheese Recipe

Picture: Feast

Waffles make a fun twist on traditional grilled cheese sandwiches. 

You can use homemade waffles, but frozen waffle grilled cheese sandwiches will more than likely be a hit as well with kids if you are looking for a quick dinner idea.

Just an FYI, this particular waffle grilled cheese recipe includes an herb cheese spread, which although sounds amazing for grown-ups, you may want to skip if making these sandwiches for kids.

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