Fresh corn! Juicy watermelon! Walmart’s new delivery service fulfilled all my summer food cravings

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Fresh fruits and vegetables, at your service. (Photo: Getty Images)

This time of year, the backyard is equal parts dining room, kitchen, living room and play area. It’s everything. An oasis of convenience. Cooking is simple and social. Food tastes better. Cleaning up is quick, many hands make light work. And you know what makes it even better? Simplified grocery shopping.

That’s true Walmart+ comes in. The home delivery service has saved me a tremendous amount of time over the past year, so much so that I have let my subscription run well past the time I thought I would. I signed up when we were all (rightly) reluctant to go to the store. My Walmart+ membership was key during COVID, and affordable to boot.

For $13 a month or $98 a year, you can get your groceries delivered for free, along with hundreds of other items (think household items, pet food, cleaning supplies, gifts). Some items arrive the same day. I renewed my subscription when I realized that Walmart+ is not only an emergency measure, but also a great time saver for ordinary life.

On these lazy, hazy summer days, when we’re all so excited to be enjoying the outdoors together again, Walmart+ has made it a cinch for me to feed my family and friends. From charred vegetables to sparkling water, all the essentials are just a click away. My easy backyard delicious meals almost always start with a quick Walmart+ online order and culminate—shortly after—in a grill full of goodness.

This is what I have repeatedly served with the help of Walmart+ delivery. I hope it inspires some memorable meals for you and yours.

Wrap these pre-prepared ears of corn in foil and toss them on the grill for the easiest side dish.  (Credit: Walmart)

Wrap these pre-prepared ears of corn in foil and toss them on the grill for the easiest side dish. (Photo: Walmart)

Fresh corn on the cob is a hallmark of summer, but it doesn’t have to be to peel all those dirty corn on the cob off your ears. Unwrap these pre-cleaned ears of corn, wrap them in foil, place them on the grill and voila, all the hard work is done for you and all the goodies await.

It's so easy to keep these in the fridge and pop them on the grill when you don't want to think about dinner.  (Credit: Walmart)

Keep these in the fridge and put them on the grill if you don’t want to think about dinner. (Photo: Walmart)

Maybe it’s not completely clear yet, but for me summer is a season that should be as relaxing as possible. That means that, as much as I love to cook, I prefer to have as much work done for me as possible. Can I make a dry rub and cook some ribs slow and low for three hours? Secure. Of course I could. Do I want that too if I can enjoy the sun with a book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other? Absolutely not. A tasty time saver, these prepared ribs are another quick dinner to keep on hand for when you want something you can throw on the grill with minimal effort.

A bag of frozen shrimp turns into an easy, delicious dinner in no time.  (Credit: Walmart)

A bag of frozen shrimp turns into an easy, delicious dinner in no time. (Photo: Walmart)

One of my favorite summer recipes is grilled shrimp, not only because it’s delicious, but because it’s so easy to keep a bag of frozen raw shrimp in the freezer and grab it when you’re not sure what to cook. Thaw the prawns, rinse them well and put them in a bowl with whatever you have in the kitchen.

I like to do a combo of minced garlic, lemon juice or white wine (or both!), sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in some olive oil as a marinade. Add a fresh herb like parsley or dill if you like. Let it soak for an hour or a day, then grill it alongside any vegetables you have on hand, or put them on a salad. It doesn’t get any easier.

The perfect breakfast?  The easiest dessert?  Yes and yes.  (Credit: Walmart)

The perfect breakfast? The easiest dessert? Yes and yes. (Photo: Walmart)

I love watermelon so much that I eat it even out of season, but it’s especially perfect in the middle of summer. Is it a breakfast meal? Dessert? A bite? Yes, yes and yes. I put watermelon in breakfast smoothies; eat it as a beach snack; eat some for a light, sweet dessert; and sprinkle it with feta, chopped mint, and sea salt for the best summer appetizer you’ll ever eat. (Believe me, it’s out of this world good.)

Keep some sparkles handy.  (Photo: Walmart)

Keep some sparkles handy. (Photo: Walmart)

When I’m not in the mood for that aforementioned wine, I grab a sparkling drink. La Croix Pamplemousse (French for grapefruit!) is a delight. Refreshing and fizzy without being too sweet, it’s great to have on hand all summer – and I appreciate not having to lug a heavy box to my car. I say: Drink what makes you happy. For me, this is it, all season long.

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