Better Homes & Gardens August 2013 Recipes

Mango Limeade
With the newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens, you'll discover fast and healthy ways to get dinner on the table, inventive twists on pasta salad, and reasons to put bacon on everything (not that you need them).

Grilled Pork Chops with Bacon and Tomato

All you need is a bit of salt and peper to season these tender pork chops, because our homemade bacon jam does all the rest. Spread on a bit before grilling, and save some for topping later -- you'll be on your way to bacon heaven.

Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

A healthy alternative to takeout, this quick and easy chicken noodle bowl comes together in 25 minutes. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice on top before digging in to give the Vietnamese-inspired dish a bright spark.

Ultimate Bacon Sandwich

We named this "ultimate" for a reason. Our easy tomato and peach chutney spread adds an irresistible sweetness to crisp pepper bacon, melty mozzerella, and butter lettuce. After you've had this sandwich, you'll never want a plain BLT again.

Lemony Ricotta Summer Squash Galette

Make the most of fresh and in-season veggies, such as zucchini and summer squash, in this pretty galette. Use refrigerated piecrust to take all the work out of this easy and delicious summer dinner.

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

Think outside the mayo jar with this macaroni salad. Our healthier twist nabs its creaminess from salsa, cream cheese, and good-for-you chunks of avocado. We used salsa taquera (a traditional Mexican salsa that's thinner with a slightly smoky flavor) in our recipe, but you can sub your favorite salsa, if you like.

Love pasta salad? Watch how to make our six-ingredient chicken pasta salad that's spiced with roasted poblano peppers and traditional Mexican salsa.

How to Make Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

This amazing pasta salad recipe got rave reviews from our BHG food editors. Find out what all the fuss is about and watch our editor Hali show you how to whip up this spicy macaroni chicken salad.

Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Bars

Layer after layer of fresh strawberries, sugar cookies, and cream come together for this irresistible icebox dessert. With overnight chill time, it's an easy make-ahead summer favorite. 

Orecchiette with Bacon Meatballs

Love BLTs? You're sure to enjoy our BLT-inspired summer pasta recipe. When shaping the meatballs, make sure you see bits of bacon sticking out -- they crisp up in the skillet, and the drippings form the base for the simple pan sauce.

Bacon makes everything better, and it makes meatballs taste amazing! Learn how to make bacon meatballs and pair them with orecchiette in our BLT pasta recipe.

How to Make Orecchiette with Bacon Meatballs

Yes, you read that right: bacon meatballs. Learn how to make them from our food editor Maggie, then use them in our pasta twist on the classic BLT.

Grilled Fish Sandwiches with Avocado Spread

Orange and fennel add bright color and zippy flavor to these grilled fish sandwiches, which are much fresher and healthier than their fast-food counterparts. Sprinkle a few fennel fronds on top of each sandwich to add subtle anise flavor.  

BLT Corn Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing

Sweet-and-hot bacon flavored with brown sugar and cayenne pepper is the star of this elegant dish. Whip it up for brunch company in less than an hour, but consider making an extra batch of candied bacon -- it'll go fast.

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

When it comes to traditional pasta salad and deviled eggs, you can have the best of both worlds in this fun potluck recipe. With pickled red onion, chopped sweet pickles, and a creamy egg yolk dressing, there's a lot to love about our tangy macaroni salad.

BLT and Chips Casserole

Kettle chips are the surprise ingredient in this comfort-food casserole with a twist. The chips soften during baking, but the exposed bits get nice and crisp. Even kids will love it!

Roasted Red Pepper Gazpacho with Pepperoni Cheese Toasts

We don't blame you for not wanting to cook when it's hot out. That's why we created this zippy gazpacho recipe that comes together in a snap and is perfect when paired wtih our easy pepperoni grilled cheese. Make a big batch and enjoy throughout the week. 

Tomato Bacon Sipper

Spice up your average bloody mary with pepper bacon and a bit of sriracha. A blend of celery salt and paprika coats the glass rims for even more flavor. For a nonalcoholic version, sub lemon seltzer in place of vodka or gin.

Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

Peppery arugula and zippy basil pesto add fun flavor to this potluck-ready side dish. Pine nuts and Parmesan cheese lend an irresistible nutty flavor that will make everyone want seconds.

BLT Dessert Bites

It's true -- bacon really can go on everything! America's favorite meat is candied in brown sugar with pecans, then layered with sweet tomato jam and fresh microgreens on homemade cookies for an unexpected (but oh-so-good) dessert.

Mango-Overboard Pop

A mango juice smoothie packs these pops full of concentrated flavor in addition to giving them a thick texture. A bit of tequila and triple sec goes into the mix for a grown-up party favorite.

Moscato Melon and Kiwi Pop

Put leftover Moscato wine to good use in this fun, adults-only frozen treat. Fresh kiwifruit and honeydew melon balance the flavor of the sweet wine for an easy summer dessert.

Rose Raspberry Tea Thyme Pop

Fresh raspberries, rose wine, and raspberry-flavor tea add a pleasant sweetness to these quick and easy-to-prepare pops. Bonus: You don't need any special molds to make them; paper cups work just fine. Peel off the cups and enjoy once the pops are frozen solid.

Cherry Tomato Pie

You'll want to double up your piecrust to hold together the flavor-packed filling of this scrumptious savory pie. A cream cheese layer forms the base of the dish, allowing you to get sweet and salty flavors and creamy texture with every bite.

Shrimp Boil Macaroni Salad

Nothing says summer potluck better than this hearty macaroni salad. Sliced Andouille sausage, seasoned shrimp, and crisp-tender corn are tossed with a zesty dressing for a light and fresh party dish.

Peanut Butter Banana Bonbons

We can’t stop snacking on this good-for-you dessert that brings new meaning to the classic peanut butter-banana-chocolate combo. Plus, each bonbon has fewer than 100 calories.

Mango Limeade

Shake up classic limeade with a fresh and fun mango twist. This cooling summer concoction comes together easily and will steal the show at backyard barbecues.

Editor’s Tip: This recipe calls for sparkling water; avoid adding sweetened or flavored varieties, which will overpower the fresh taste of the fruit. 

Lavender Peach Lemonade

The secret to our fantastic peach lemonade is the homemade chamomile-lavender simple syrup. Pour into ice-filled glasses on a hot day, and enjoy every last soothing sip.

Melon and Mint Lemonade

Whether you're making it for a crowd or just for yourself, this standout sipper is best made with ripe honeydew melon. How can you tell when a honeydew is ripe? Easy: Find a melon with an intense floral perfume, and you'll have the best lemonade on the block.

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