As I said in my post on Saturday, I’ve been working really hard on the next set of Summer meal plans. In all honesty, these plans were slightly easier because 1. I had things set up from the Spring Meal Plans and 2. Summer recipes are so much more inspiring!
The basic idea is the same, but actually even simpler than last time: there are 4 weeks of recipes, meal plans and shopping lists, all done for you. There are no repeats, so you can repeat the whole lot after 4 weeks. I tried this last time, and 4 weeks was about the right amount of time – it didn’t feel like we were eating the same thing a lot.
Also, I know how busy families get, so all these recipes are designed to be simple and quick to prepare, but use fresh food, cooking from scratch. They are the kinds of things my family and I like to eat.
I’ve tried to include some barbecue options – often on the Saturday – as we have actually been having barbecue weather recently! There’s also at least one vegetarian meal each week, and two fish meals. Of course, feel free to substitute and chop and change – you can use the shopping lists and recipes straight, or you can use them for inspiration. Feel free to get a takeaway every now and again!
I’ve also taken out meal suggestions for weekend lunches, as they weren’t really working for me. We are actually out quite often at the weekend, or we might have a late brunch and not need lunch, or we might choose to use up leftovers… I needed some flexibility, and I felt that I was just putting things in for the sake of it, rather than being helpful.
There is also one meal each week which would work well if you wanted to make double and freeze half for next month. If you choose to do that, you will need to double the quantities specified in the shopping lists.
Again, each meal is designed to feed four. You will need to scale up or down according to how much your family eats.
Here’s a sample of what each week looks like:
Download the Summer Meal Plans: Summer Meal Plans
Download the Summer Meal Plans Shopping Lists: Summer Meal Plans Shopping Lists Complete
Harissa Lamb and Hummus Flatbreads – use leftover lamb from the Sunday roast
Lemony chicken stew with giant cous cous (Use normal cous cous if you can’t find giant.)
Barbecue chicken – I have included all the ingredients for the barbecue sauce on the recipe list, but to be honest, I’d probably just buy some ready made.
Happy Cow Burgers (This links to the recipe. The blogger made her own burger buns but you don’t have to do that!)
Za’atar chicken with fattoush (This is one of my favourite summer meals.)
I’ve also made a Pinterest board with all of these Summer Meal Plans recipes on it: