It’s really fun to barbecue at home, but not as much fun to get kids to eat. Sometimes getting healthy food into our kids’ bodies is a challenge, and if you’ve got a picky eater, you need all the help you can get! Fortunately, there are plenty of other parents out there with the same issues, others who have overcome these problems and know the tricks of the trade, and some from each category who are willing to talk about it. Find a food blog that appeals to you, and whether you’re eating barbecue at home or trying to find a vegetable your kids will touch, you’ll know you aren’t alone. Here are some of our favorite food blogs to get you started:
- Super Healthy Kids: The name speaks for itself. This website, dedicated to making vegetables “simple, fun, and delicious,” even hosts its own meal planning service to help busy moms find the time to make high quality meals for their families.
- 100 Days of Real Food: If you’re ready to go hardcore healthy, this is the site for you. Written by a mom who made the decision to eliminate processed food from her family’s diet, this blog is full of recipes, resources and ideas for those who are ready to get back to eating “real” food. There’s even a 10-day pledge and suggestions for those on a budget.
- Dash and Bella: If you like your food blogs with detailed instructions and charming anecdotes, this one’s for you. Written by a mom who previously worked in the food industry and doesn’t believe in dumbing food down for kids, it’s packed with photos and recipes for scrumptious, healthy, seasonal food, as well as stories that come from the author’s experiences cooking with and for her two children.
- In Praise of Leftovers: This down to earth blog is all about being frugal and making the most of what you have on hand. Eschewing culinary snobbery, this author focuses on bringing the family together at meal time and writes for “anyone who’s ever opened the fridge and been overwhelmed by what to do with its contents.”
- In Sock Monkey Slippers: Healthy and creative, the recipes on this blog will appeal to kids while making adult mouths water. Do you want to entice the more sophisticated palate when you barbecue at home? Try sides like Cheesy Butternut Squash Risotto or Peach and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.
No matter how picky your child may be, Tony Roma’s makes ribs for your barbecue at home that will entice even the smallest appetite. Join the barbecue conversation this summer with Tony Roma’s! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest tips and tricks for your barbecue in your feed.
In case you needed another reason to barbecue at home, it might interest you to know that May is National BBQ Month. Not that you need an excuse - there’s nothing quite like a barbecue at home to conjure up warm summer memories and create fresh happiness. Of course, a big part of the barbecue experience is choosing the right sides.
- What’s better than good old-fashioned potato salad? Bacon Potato Salad!
- Boil 6 to 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes, over medium heat, 15 to 18 minutes or until tender. Drain and let cool slightly.
- Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add 1/2-pound bacon, cooked and crumbled, 6 chopped green onions, 2 finely chopped celery ribs, 2 tablespoons diced pimiento, drained, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Stir together 1/2 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream until blended. Pour over potato mixture, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Garnish, if desired, with paprika and celery sticks.
- Of course, potato salad’s favorite sidekick is coleslaw, and this Best Barbecue Coleslaw can’t be beat!
- Combine two 10-ounce packages finely shredded cabbage with 1 shredded carrot in a large bowl.
- Whisk together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup buttermilk, 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar until blended; toss with vegetables. Cover and chill at least 2 hours
- While you’re remaking traditional favorites, you might want to give these Root Beer Baked Beans a try.
- Cook 3 bacon slices in a skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
- Sauté 1 small onion, diced, in hot bacon drippings in skillet over high heat 5 minutes or until tender.
- Stir together onion, crumbled bacon, two 16-ounce cans pork and beans, 1/2-cup root beer, 1/4 cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce in a lightly greased 1-quart baking dish.
- Bake beans, uncovered, at 400° for 55 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
- Another great traditional side dish for a barbecue at home are these tasty Mississippi Hush Puppies.
- Combine 1-cup self-rising cornmeal mix, 1/2-cup self-rising flour, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a large bowl, and make a well in center of mixture.
- Mix together 1 large egg, 1/2-cup milk or beer, 1/2 cup diced onion, 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper, and 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped, stirring well; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
- Pour vegetable oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven or large saucepan; heat to 375°.
- Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry in batches 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels; serve immediately.
- Ready to lighten up? Summer Vegetable Kabobs are a tasty addition to any barbecue at home.
- Soak 12-inch skewers in water for 1 hour.
- Whisk together 1/4 cup dry white wine with 1/4 cup honey, 3 minced garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, 1 teaspoon salt until well blended; reserve 1/4 cup.
- Combine remaining white wine mixture and 16 cups assorted cut vegetables in a large bowl. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Remove vegetables from marinade, discarding marinade.
- Preheat grill to 350° to 400°. Thread vegetables onto skewers, and grill until vegetables are tender and slightly charred, between 1 and 10 minutes per side.
No matter which sides you choose, you can’t go wrong when you barbecue at home! Join the barbecue conversation this summer with Tony Roma’s! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest tips and tricks for your barbecue.
With the return of warm weather, you might begin to think of hosting a barbecue at home. There’s nothing quite like a barbecue to bring family and friends together, spending time together while eating delicious food in the fresh springtime air. This spring, though, why not choose a theme, to make your barbecue at home a little more interesting? A theme party gives a host a fun unifying factor for décor, food, and more, and gives guests something to talk about.
- Say “Aloha!” to the spring with a fun luau. You don’t need much more than a box of leis to make this party happen, but it’s fun to really do it up right. Wear a grass skirt, decorate with tropical blooms, and light some Tiki torches—your guests will feel like they’ve been transported to the islands. A Hawaiian soundtrack for the occasion is a nice touch as well.
- Make things festive with a barbecue fiesta. Throw up some pepper lights, make a pitcher of margaritas, and don’t forget the chips and guacamole! You don’t have to eat tacos and burritos (though you can), but use some fun and colorful decorations to really set the mood. Paper flowers, sombreros, and vibrant ponchos are great for decorating or wearing, and some Mexican music will liven up things.
- Bring the beach home with a beach party! Break out the beach balls and unfold your lawn chairs, while you dance to the music of the Beach Boys or some good old-fashioned shag. Decorate with beach towels and seashells, or if you’re really ambitious, bring in some bags of sand and create an area for sand castles and beach volleyball.
No matter which theme you choose the next time you barbecue at home, make things easy and delicious with pre-cooked ribs from Tony Roma. Ever since he opened his first restaurant more than four decades ago, Tony Roma’s ribs have been in high demand- now you can bring their delicious flavor home! For more lifestyle and grilling tips, connect with Tony Roma on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!
When you plan to barbecue at home, it’s easy to get caught up in the food and decorations, without much thought for games. Games add a new element to a party, though, and give your guests something to do besides make conversation. Even better, games are a great way to get the kids involved, and get them to step away from the video games. Next time you barbecue at home, try these fun backyard games to make things more interesting.
- A Penny Spoon Race makes for lively fun. To play, give each player a spoon, and fill each spoon with the same number of pennies. Once the referee gives the signal, the players race toward the finish line, stopping each time they drop a penny, to pick it up and put it back in the spoon. It may sound simple, but it’s deceptively tricky, and being the first one to cross the line with a full spoon can be a real challenge!
- Try a time-honored backyard game like croquet or Bocce. In Bocce, players work to get their bocci (weighted balls) as close to the target ball, or pallino, as possible. It’s easy to find Bocce sets at retail stores, and it’s a fun game that allows for conversation while it’s being played.
- For something simple, nostalgic, and full of action, nothing beats a good game of Freeze Tag. Need a refresher on the rules? The player who is “it” tags players, who have to stay frozen wherever they’re standing when they’re tagged. Other players can tag them and unfreeze them, and then the “it” player has to tag them again. The game ends when everyone’s frozen, or when one person has been frozen three times, which turns that person into “it”.
- If you have a large number of kids at your party, organize them into a game of Catch the Dragon’s Tail. Players form a “dragon” by standing in a line with each person’s hands on the waist of the person in front of him or her. A rag hanging from the back of the last person’s pants becomes the dragon’s tail, and the object of the game is for the “head”, or the first person in line, to catch that tail. When the head catches the tail, he becomes the new tail, and the game continues.
A barbecue at home is a great way to bring people together for good fun and great food. Next time you barbecue at home, why not make it a little easier with pre-cooked ribs from Tony Roma? For more lifestyle and grilling tips, connect with Tony Roma on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!
When you barbecue at home, do you ever find yourself in a menu rut? Sure, the traditional side dishes are always a hit, but they can also become boring. This spring, when you barbecue at home, why not try a delicious new side dish that incorporates seasonal produce? You and your guests will enjoy a tasty and healthy twist on the traditional cookout menu.
- Ina Garten’s Garlic Sautéed Spinach is fast and easy, and will have everyone wanting to eat greens. After rinsing a pound and a half of baby spinach leaves and spinning them dry, place two tablespoons of olive oil and six cloves of chopped garlic over medium heat in a large Dutch oven for about a minute. Add the spinach, along with two teaspoons of kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon of black pepper, toss it with the oil, cover the pot, and cook for two more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the spinach to a serving bowl before topping it with a tablespoon of unsalted butter, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt, if desired.
- Grilled Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese easily works for a barbecue at home. In this recipe, you simply wash asparagus, snap off the tough ends, and toss them in a bowl with two minced or pressed garlic cloves, three tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, two to three tablespoons of olive oil, and sea salt and black pepper to taste. Then place the asparagus lengthwise on your preheated grill over medium heat, cover, and cook for about five minutes, turning often to prevent burning.
- Martha Stewart’s Rhubarb Pie brings a charming, old-fashioned touch to your barbecue at home. Using a prepared pie crust makes it easy: simply toss about six cups of rhubarb, trimmed and cut crosswise into ¾ inch pieces, with a cup of sugar, two tablespoons of cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Put this mixture into the pie crust and sprinkle with a crumble topping made of ¾ cup flour, ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar, three tablespoons granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, and six tablespoons cold, unsalted butter. Place pie in a preheated 400° oven, then lower the heat to 375° and bake until topping and crust is lightly browned, about an hour and a half. Allow the pie to cool completely before serving.
- This Spring Onion and Pea Soup with Ramp Crostino from Mario Batali tastes impressive, but is easier to prepare than you might expect. To make it, sauté two finely chopped medium shallots and the white parts of two bunches of spring onions, chopped, in two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, until the onions are translucent, which takes about three minutes. Add two cups of vegetable stock, the green parts of the onions, and two cups of fresh, shelled peas, and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to medium, bring to a boil, then reduce it immediately to simmer, and simmer for about six minutes, until the peas are tender. Work in batches to puree the soup in a food processor or blender, then strain through a fine mesh sieve, divide between four bowls, place a ramp crostino in each bowl, and garnish with mint leaves.
To further shake things up at your barbecue at home, try pre-cooked ribs from Tony Roma. These delicious, crowd-pleasing ribs are so easy and convenient that you’ll have plenty of time to invest in creative side dishes. For more lifestyle and grilling tips, connect with Tony Roma on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!
If you’re looking for a way to make your backyard barbecue a breeze, pre-cooked ribs are a great idea. But what else does your backyard need to make your barbecue the best it can be? Creating the perfect outdoor environment sets the stage upon which your pre-cooked ribs can be the stars.
- Create an oasis. Your backyard should be a haven, pleasant and inviting. Use water to create a soothing environment, with a peaceful pond or bubbling fountain to make your outdoor living space more tranquil and serene. Shade is essential, too, so make the most of shade trees in your yard, or use shade plants to create a shady and beautiful spot to relax.
- Don’t be afraid to bring your indoor decorating style outside. Your outdoor living space, just like your indoor spaces, should be a reflection of your personal style. Don’t be afraid to use furniture that looks like “real” furniture, and consider a rug to add a beautiful accent and tie together your overall look. Accessories can add a splash of style, too, whether you choose an incidental table, some attractive throw pillows, or some other personal touch.
- Fire is not just for barbecuing. Of course your backyard needs a barbecue, to cook your grilled veggies and pre-cooked ribs! A fire pit, though, is another outdoor fixture that makes a backyard more inviting. You can purchase a kit to make a fire pit, or create your own using bricks, stones, or other building materials that fit your sense of style.
- Bring music and art to your backyard. Wind chimes make a lovely addition to any outdoor space, because they look and sound beautiful. Artistic or quirky accents can reflect your personality, while beautifying your outdoor entertaining space.
- Make the most of the natural beauty of your backyard. Flowering plants can bring a hint of fragrance to your patio, and climbing vines on a pergola can lend privacy to your outdoor space. Whatever the natural landscape, try to incorporate native plants, so that they’ll thrive and require less maintenance.
- Even a small patio can be a wonderful hangout spot. Consider downsizing furniture, as with a micro bar of small tables and barstools, or make the most of your space by using multipurpose furniture, combining seating and storage. Don’t be afraid to use some of the same design ideas as you might use for a larger space—plants, brightly colored throw pillows, and water accents can all work just as well in a smaller space.
No matter what kind of backyard you may have, your barbecue will certainly be a success with pre-cooked ribs from Tony Roma. For over forty years, Tony Roma’s barbecued ribs have been a favorite; now it’s easy and convenient to make these delicious ribs in the comfort of your own home, with Tony Roman’s pre-cooked ribs. For more lifestyle and grilling tips, connect with Tony Roma on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!
Of all the ways to eat pre-cooked ribs, few are more satisfying than while you’re watching a movie with friends or your family. Dinner and a movie is the perfect night in, especially if you find the right movie to suit the tastes of your crowd. Serve up some pre-cooked ribs, turn on one of these favorites, and a good time is guaranteed!
- If you’re hosting a ladies’ night, Fried Green Tomatoes [DD1] is the perfect choice. A story of female relationships, this flick chronicles two friendships, one between a middle-aged woman in the 1980s and the older lady who helps her sort out her life, and the other between two young women who pull together during the Depression. It’s funny and touching, with stellar performances from Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson[DD2] , Jessica Tandy, and Mary-Louise Parker[DD3] . Make sure to have the tissues handy, as well as napkins, because you may find yourself wiping away a tear while you’re also wiping off delicious sauce from your pre-cooked ribs.
- No Reservations is a great Date Night movie, if you like your romance with a little extra sweetness. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, and Abigail Breslin, this film tells the story of a talented but high-strung chef who takes custody of her niece following the death of her sister. As she struggles to deal with the complications of raising a child, her life is further complicated by the arrival of a new sous chef at her restaurant, who may end up with her job as well as her heart. This film is all about breaking down emotional walls, and has an uplifting message and ending.
- Ratatouille is a favorite for adults and children alike! The funny, charming tale of a rat who dreams of being a Parisian chef, this film is witty enough to appeal to the grown-ups but with enough slapstick to please the kids. You might get hungry while watching Ratatouille’s adventures in the kitchen of a restaurant in Paris, so make sure you have plenty of pre-cooked ribs to satisfy every appetite in the room.
Whether you’re watching a movie, throwing a party, or having a quiet dinner with the family, pre-cooked ribs from Tony Roma’s make it easy to please a crowd. Since Tony Roma opened his first restaurant more than forty years ago, his barbecued ribs have been a favorite; now you can make these delicious ribs in the comfort and convenience of your own home. For more barbecue and lifestyle tips, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Pre-cooked ribs and pulled pork from Tony Roma make for delightful entrees, but they can also be used as tasty appetizers. Nothing is more succulent than the taste of barbecue, and you can incorporate it in clever starters that feature pulled pork used in interesting ways, or simple yet appealing presentations of ribs. Best of all, using pre-cooked ribs makes entertaining simple, while still delivering all the flavor you’d expect from Tony Roma.
- Pulled Pork Egg Rolls are a tasty finger food with an intriguing blend of flavors. Pulled pork from Tony Roma makes them easy to prepare, and the crunch of slaw is perfect alongside the soft pork. Dipped in a sweet Peach Dipping Sauce, these are a sweet and savory treat for any occasion.
- BBQ Pulled Pork Bruschetta may sound like an unusual choice, but when you taste it, you’ll find it makes perfect sense. It’s simple to prepare, too, simply by topping French bread with pulled pork, onions, and barbecue sauce. Using pre-cooked pulled pork makes it even easier!
- BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos are another innovative and easy option. A bag of tortilla chips, some pulled pork, a can of black beans, a few cheeses, and some peppers and onions, and you’ve got a crowd-pleaser!
- Mixed Mushroom Medley appetizers are elegant, yet simple. Using muffin pans to mold wontons into cups, you’ll then fill them with a succulent mixture of mushrooms, onion, garlic, and pulled pork[DD1] , for a flavor that will place them among the most popular treats at your party.
- Using pre-cooked ribs as an appetizer is as simple as presenting them in an appealing way. Wrapping the ends of the ribs with foil can help keep your guests from getting messy, and serving them in the middle of a vegetable tray lets them alternate between meat and vegetables easily. Consider serving your pre-cooked ribs with a variety of sauces, to give your guests some tasty options.
Since Tony Roma opened his first restaurant more than forty years ago, his barbecue has been the favorite meal of scores of people. Today, you can bring that flavor home, with the convenience of pre-cooked ribs and pulled pork, straight from Tony Roma to your kitchen. For more barbecue and lifestyle tips, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Any holiday benefits from pre-cooked ribs, which makes it easy to entertain a crowd or just your family. St. Patrick’s Day is a unique holiday, however, because its connection to Ireland makes it the perfect time to learn a little about food from the Emerald Isle. Serve these tasty Irish-inspired dishes alongside Tony Roma’s pre-cooked ribs, and you’ll have a St. Patrick’s Day to remember!
- In the late summer and early fall, blackberries grow on hedgerows in Ireland, “…leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for picking,” as Irish poet Seamus Heaney put it. Irish cooks make the most of this bounty, and you can, too, with a recipe like this one for Blackberry-Almond Crumble Cake. Featuring a simple cakelike bottom, and a crunchy buttery topping that’s rich with blackberries, this is the perfect dessert for your St. Patrick’s Day feast.
- What could be more Irish than a thick bowl of rich, green pea soup? This recipe for Two Pea Soup, which uses both dry split peas and frozen green peas, has a bright, fresh flavor that can be a light start to a St. Patrick’s dinner that features pre-cooked ribs as the main course.
- Sausage Rolls like the one in this recipe are a popular Irish treat. Used as appetizers for parties, and sold in bakeries as easy snacks to carry away, these are delicious with sausages—but could also be modified for easier preparation using pulled pork.
- Next to potatoes, cabbage is probably the most famous Irish crop. This year, why not serve Irish Style Cabbage, seasoned with bacon and peppercorns, and topped with melting butter?
- Your family may wonder what exotic dish you’re serving them when you tell them you’re making Champ. They’ll soon discover it’s very familiar! Creamy and delicious, Champ is the Irish version of mashed potatoes.
- Do you feel like making an adventurous dessert? Try this Guinness Cake! Full of good Irish ingredients like Guinness Stout and Kerrygold Irish butter, it’s rich with spices and dried fruits.
- What could be better with succulent ribs than hearty Irish Soda Bread? While there are many delicious variations of this Irish pastry, some featuring caraway seeds or raisins, the only ingredients truly necessary are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. This recipe is a real treat, incorporating butter, sugar, egg, and raisins. Eat it quickly, though! Soda bread is best eaten fresh, because it dries out after a day or two.
For more than forty years, Tony Roma’s restaurants have been serving up crowd-pleasing ribs and pork. Now, you can bring this flavor home, with Tony Roma’s pre-cooked ribs and pulled pork. For more barbecue and lifestyle tips, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Pre-cooked ribs are one of the easiest, tastiest main dishes you can prepare. One of the best things about the convenience of using pre-cooked ribs is that you have time to really put some thought into your side dishes, confident that your main dish will be perfect. Here, we offer some suggestions for vegetable dishes that perfectly complement savory pre-cooked ribs and pulled pork from Tony Roma.
- Braised Kale with Chick Peas and Pine Nuts is a great dish for those times when you want to show off a superfood to its best advantage. Nutrient-rich kale, sautéed with garlic and onions in olive oil, is sprinkled with cinnamon, salt and pepper, and mixed with chick peas. This combination is then topped with toasted pine nuts and drizzled with lemon for a fresh and delicious flavor. Serve it over rice for a heartier side dish.
- Want a salad that’s a little different from the usual tossed greens? This Green Bean and Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds and Lemon-Yogurt Dressing is sure to satisfy your taste buds as well as your hunger. Quick and easy to prepare, it combines fresh green beans with cooked quinoa and raw almonds, along with sesame seeds and a zesty lemon yogurt dressing. Best of all, it’s highly nutritive, combining all the goodness of vegetables and nuts with quinoa, a unique nutty-tasting grain that’s also a complete protein.
- Are you looking for a light little bite to go with the rich taste of Tony Roma pre-cooked ribs? Give this Sweet Corn Relish a try! Corn, cabbage, and red peppers are seasoned and cooked into a relish that’s perfect for serving alongside any meat, or atop a bed of lettuce.
- Looking for pure, delicious, simplicity? This Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe, from chef Ina Garten, fits the bill. These tasty sprouts require nothing more than a little tossing with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a quick roast in the oven, before they’re ready to grace your table—a nutritious alternative to french fries.
- For a twist on an old standard, try this Cabbage Slaw with Tangy Mustard Seed Dressing. Eschewing the heavy flavor of a typical mayonnaise-laden slaw, this one incorporates mustard seed, cilantro, and cumin for an Indian twist.
Ever since Tony Roma opened his first restaurant more than forty years ago, his flavorful barbecue has been a perennial crowd-pleaser. Now, you can bring that flavor home, with Tony Roma’s pre-cooked ribs and pulled pork. For more barbecue and lifestyle tips, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.