We have passed that critical point in summer where I expend all of my energy throughout the day and have zero saved up to spend in the kitchen cooking dinner in the evenings.
There are so many more fun things I could be doing with my family, to keep my time in front of the stove to a minimum I resort to simple summer meals: family favorites that come together quickly and often times, meals that require little to no cooking.
Here’s what we’ll be eating at my house this week:
SIMPLE SUMMER MEALS
Zucchini and French Bread Pizzas
Zucchini is everywhere. It’s popping up in my mother in law’s garden and it is super cheap right now at the super market. This is fabulous since i love cooking and baking with zucchini. We’ve been making breads and muffins and are eager to try a brownie too. Tonight I’ll feed my family French Bread Pizzas while I feast on this gluten-free version, Zucchini Pizza Boats. Both versions are simple to make and broil in just a few minutes getting dinner on the table in a flash!
We love a good stir fry around here. You can find us throwing in whatever we have on hand … the last one I made we used turkey sausage because we were out of everything else and even it turned out great. My friend Shawna, has a very simple, tried and true Beef Stir Fry that never steers me wrong.
Mmm, I try to incorporate at least one dinner salad into our meal plan each week. I’ve had this Cornbread Panzanella on my mind for weeks. I finally have a chance to try it out.
BBQ Chicken Taquitos
In addition to a weekly salad, I also reserve one night to be incredibly simple. Nine out of ten times that means I’ll be using a store-bought rotisserie chicken as the base of the recipe. That’s what happens when we make these BBQ Taquitos. I’ll pair these with a fruit salad and some carrots and celery for a simple summer meal I can make in minutes.
Family Pizza Night
Everyone loves a good pizza night and while we used to settle for just pepperoni and cheese, as we make our own pies my tastes have expanded. My new favorite pizza is jalapeño pineapple with bacon. I spied this version which adds BBQ chicken to the mix and I can’t wait to taste test it for myself.
That’s our meal plan this week. If you need more ideas be sure to check out our past meal plan posts.
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