July was a scorching month across the country and we know that the last thing our Allrecipes community wants to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen on a hot summer day. That’s why this month was all about cooking quick and easy meals, and sometimes you didn’t even have to cook at all. From a light watermelon feta salad to a super simple one-pot chicken thigh meal, the home cooks at Allrecipes were in and out of the kitchen quickly, while still enjoying delicious recipes. Do you want to know what they loved doing? Scroll to find our most popular recipes for July.
“This healthy chicken salad recipe is made with a mix of Greek yogurt and cottage cheese instead of regular mayonnaise, resulting in a healthier version that’s still creamy and delicious, but high in protein. Apples and the dried cranberries add sweet-tart flavor, while chopped the walnuts provide an interesting texture in each bite. Serve it on crackers, on a croissant, in a pita, or grab a fork and just dig in,” says the recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar Yoly. Break out the slow cooker for this incredibly simple three-ingredient beef recipe. Serve the salty, buttery beef over noodles, rice, or potatoes.
Got a picky eater on your hands? Try this easy recipe to (literally) beef up your boxed mac and cheese. Add ground beef, tomatoes, peas, and carrots to make a hearty macaroni and cheese that will have everyone licking their plates clean. Besides, who can resist the name? There’s no need to order takeout when making fried zucchini at home is that simple. Simply spread egg zukes, Ritz crackers, salt and pepper for fried zucchini that rivals your favorite restaurant.
If you’re a firm believer that mayonnaise doesn’t belong in potato salad, then we’ve got the recipe for you. This potato salad is made with a base of red wine vinegar and lemon juice for an easy dish that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Try your summer corn on the cob with this easy side dish. Cook your corn with onion in butter, top with spices, and serve. It’s that easy. Sometimes you just don’t have time to bake a meatloaf. When that’s the case, you need this quick and easy skillet meatloaf recipe. It’s just as delicious as a traditional meatloaf, but it cooks in almost half the time.
This Watermelon Feta Salad is the ultimate summer side dish. Made with fresh watermelon, onion, tomatoes, and arugula, it will have everyone begging for the recipe. This Watermelon Feta Salad is the ultimate summer side dish. Made with fresh watermelon, onion, tomatoes, and arugula, they will all beg you for the recipe. Fire up the grill and get your kabobs ready! These simple grilled shrimp skewers are starter friendly and bursting with savory garlic flavors.
Just like the recipe says, this is the last Caesar salad recipe you’ll ever need. “This is an amazing restaurant-quality creamy Caesar salad dressing that will make you forget about anything you buy at the store again. To serve, toss with chopped romaine lettuce in a salad bowl and grate Parmesan cheese on top of the salad; season with salt, black pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice,” says recipe creator Britt Brouwer. There’s nothing easier than this slow-cooker meal made with sweet and spicy sausage, bell peppers, and onions and served on a bed of noodles. You don’t even have to make your own sauce, just use the packaged one!
This chicken may look (and taste) worthy of a dinner party, but it only takes about 30 minutes to make. Stuffing the chicken with the cottage cheese and spinach mixture is a cinch – just stuff it, bake it, and wait for the raves to roll your way. Who doesn’t love a one pot meal? Not only are there fewer dishes to clean up, but all the savory flavors can be further combined. Plus, this recipe gives you an excuse to use your gorgeous Dutch oven.
“Vegetables, chicken breast, pasta, and Italian cheeses are baked until bubbly for a delicious one-pot dinner for two. I like to serve this with a light salad and crisp white wine,” according to the contributor to the recipe and Allrecipes Allstar Buckwheat Queen.