No Grill? No Problem. 7 Summery Recipes You Can Make Indoors

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As a mom of four kids who also blogs about food, I have to admit something: I don’t grill. I don’t even understand the appeal of grilling. It’s hot. It’s sometimes smoky, and the grill is definitely not next to a sink, my other pans or a counter to set a tray of food on. But I love the idea of grilled food. That’s why this list of summer foods to make indoors is so important. Cook inside, eat outside. Enjoy these dishes all summer long.

Shrimp Kebabs with Lentil-Herb Salad

If you don’t have access to a grill, a grill pan may just be the next best thing. Here it’s used to cook seasoned shrimp skewers in a hurry.

Ina Garten’s Seared Tuna with Mango Salsa

For a lighter meal with a hearty taste, you cannot go wrong with Ina Garten’s tuna. She’s mastered the combination of this cooking technique and a tangy topping, for a result everyone will love.

Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

This is the easiest dish you’ll make all season. The ingredients? Corn. Find out how plain corn on the cob is effortlessly transformed with just a quick roast in the oven.

Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks

This is the only homemade barbecue sauce you’ll ever need. Slather it on drumsticks (or any other meat you like) and let the oven do the work.

Pan-Seared T-Bone Steak

The secret to this 5-star recipe is the joint stovetop-and-oven cooking method, which will allow you to get the crusty char on the outside of the meat and guarantee a juicy, tender center.

Slow-Cooker BBQ Ribs 2 Ways

When it’s hot, hot, hot outside, your slow cooker can be the perfect way to escape the heat. Use our dry-rub recipe or splash on a simple homemade BBQ sauce after they’re done. Both recipes are included here.

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S’more Brownies

Food Network Kitchen has transformed your favorite campfire treat into an easy dessert to make any time of year! Start with a graham cracker crust, a simple homemade brownie filling and golden marshmallows on top.

Charity Curley Mathews is the founder of Foodlets.com, a site full of healthy-ish recipes designed for busy families with young kids. With four kids of her own (ages 1 to 6), these are her best tips on how she got her young family to eat (and enjoy) real food, and do it together — you know, most of the time.