Easy Outdoor Meals

By: Jacqueline Gomes, RD, MBA

Here are a few tips to keep in mind…

  • Had enough of fun in the sun? Start in the early evening when the sun and temperature have gone down.
  • Plan your menu around the grill. This is the one time of year you can really make use of outdoor cooking. From meats to veggies, the grill is an easy no-mess station for cooking all your summer fare, right down to fruits such as peaches and pineapple.
  • Keep your cool. Jazz up cold drinks with frozen grapes, berries & fruit juice ice cubes.
  • Think “less-mess”. Serve easy to eat foods such as chips and dip, chicken drumsticks, sliders and skewered meats and vegetables.
  • Ready-to-serve foods: Green Way Natural Cooked Shrimp goes from freezer to Shrimp Cocktail over night! Just add cocktail sauce!
  • Make-ahead recipes. Crunched for time? Go for “make-ahead” items such as salads, baked potatoes, and chicken, which can be baked in the oven and finished off on the grill a few minutes before serving.


Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp cocktail on a plate with cocktail sauce

Adding some Old Bay Seasoning will transform your shrimp cocktail from bland to fabulous!

Makes: 4 to 6 servings

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 2-3 minutes. Chill 1 hour.



  • 1 pound Green Way® Cooked Frozen Shrimp, thawed overnight
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Store bought cocktail sacue



  1. Preheat oven broiler.
  2. Place Shrimp in a large bowl, drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Sprinkle with old bay and toss well
  3. Place shrimp on a large cookie sheet, place under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove and chill for one hour. Serve chilled with cocktail sauce.

Recipe: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN. Photo: picmonkey.com