On the Longest Day of the Year, Achieve All of Your Food Goals

Food Network Kitchen's Banana Ice Cream Sundae, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

It’s here, folks — the season in which everything is a little bit brighter, life is a little bit breezier and the days are a little bit lighter. And to celebrate today’s extended hours of sunlight (woo-hoo!), we suggest you make some recipes that are just as festive as you feel today. These dishes are what your taste buds (and Instagram) were made for. And yes, we’re totally on board with a day that starts with a sundae and ends with shortcake.

It’s not every day that we’d suggest eating ice cream for breakfast, but: A) This isn’t ice cream, it’s one-ingredient banana “nice” cream. B) It’s dressed up with all the good-for-you toppings you might put on yogurt (like berries and nuts). And C) if you can’t eat dessert for breakfast on the first day of summer, when can you?

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Colorful Summer Rolls 00:51

Fresh herbs and veggies make this summer roll colorful and full of flavor.

For lunch, make the happiest wraps we know. Translucent rice paper puts a rainbow of fresh ingredients (like candy cane beets, mint and peppers) on display.

Food Network Kitchen’s Shrimp Pasta Salad.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

This bright and beautiful dish is proof that scampi can be a dish best served cold. And start celebrating summer’s bounty with crisp green beans, juicy tomatoes and sweet corn.

Food Network Kitchen’s Fried Deviled Eggs.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

This twist on a classic is reason enough to throw a last-minute summer solstice shindig. Coated in panko and fried, the egg whites become crunchy and addictive — much more than just a vehicle for the creamy, yolky center.

Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Loaded Nachos.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

If you’ve waited for today to fire up the grill for the first time, make its debut a memorable one. Warmed on the grill, nachos (loaded with chorizo, refried beans and cheese) come out melty, smoky and perfectly crisp.

Of course, we certainly suggest you make room on your grill for some burgers too. Trisha Yearwood’s are stuffed with whatever cheese you like (Blue cheese! Mozzarella! Pimiento!).

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Sangria Slushie 00:28

Red wine ice cubes and a blender turn this favorite wine beverage slushy.

Pour a bottle of wine into ice cube trays and freeze in the morning; by dinnertime you can whirl the cubes in a blender with brandy, orange-flavored liqueur and berries. It’s a delicious party trick you’ll pull out every weekend this season.

And because it will still be light out once dessert-time rolls around, fire up the grill again. Charred berries and pound cake take a traditional sweet treat to a whole ‘nother level.

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