Part of my “get back on track plan” after a rather unseasonable couple of months is to start every week with a meal plan. Time and time again, it’s been proven that if I don’t have one, the week goes nutso in a flash.
No meal plan? Laundry doesn’t get done.
No meal plan? I forget to water the plants.
No meal plan? We lose our AWANA books.
Seriously, how can something so small as “What’s for dinner?” have such a big impact on our days?! And stuff non-food related at that!
While we’re in a season where my personal plans are by the week, I’ve gone ahead and planned the entire month out for you!
Feel free to take/leave the meals you like, or re-arrange as you need to fit your schedule. Remember that while this is a plan, it’s not written in stone – that’s the beauty of meal planning. There’s a method to fit everyone!
Summer Meal Plan June: 2015
Notes on this Summer Meal Plan:
- This meal plan is for the average family of four, costing approximately $330. You might need to change portion sizes according to your own family size and budget.
- Meals are based around 2 whole chickens, 1 chuck roast, 1 shoulder roast and 2 pounds of ground turkey.
- The meals within this plan were designed to build off of each other, using leftovers when possible and allowing opportunities for batch cooking (i.e. making one big batch of tortillas instead of making “just enough” on two separate days. Take advantage of this to really lower your budget and reduce time spent in the kitchen.
Summer Meal Plan: Week 1
(M) Sweet Kale Salad
(T) Asian Chicken Salad with Dinner Biscuits
(W) Pasta Primavera
(T) Classic Hearty Minestrone with No-Knead Overnight Artisan Bread
(F) Salmon Burgers with Homemade Macaroni and Cheese and Garlicky Green Beans
(S) Black Bean Soup with Fluffy Dinner Rolls
Summer Meal Plan: Week 2
(S) Kung Pao Chicken with Vegetables
(M) Baja Pork Tacos with Coconut Rice
(T) Thai Chicken Salad with Dinner Biscuits
(W) Tuna Casserole
(T) Tortilla Soup
(F) BBQ Pork Pita Pizzas
(S) Black Bean Sliders
Summer Meal Plan: Week 3
(S) Chicken Curry over Rice
(M) Greek Chicken Pita Wraps
(T) Chopped Southwestern Salad with Dinner Biscuits
(W) Eggplant Parmesan Pasta
(T) Greek Stew over Rice
(F) Chicken, Corn and Zucchini Succotash
(S) Chicken Fajita Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Caprese Salad
Summer Meal Plan: Week 4
Breakfasts are usually a variety of meals, based largely on what we have in the kitchen and almost always served with fresh fruit. These are a few basic meal ideas, plus some recommended recipes that should align with the ingredients being purchased for the dinners above. Simple meals like breakfast porridge and baked oatmeal can be flavored based on what you have in your own kitchen.
- Single Serve Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- Zucchini, Carrot, and Apple Muffins
- Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Crustless Quiche
Similar to breakfast, lunches are usually a variety of meals based on what’s in the fridge and pantry and come with a side of fresh fruit. My first suggestion for lunch is always leftovers (unless the leftovers are already slated for another meal), but here are a few additional lunch ideas that are simple and easy to prepare. As a bonus, all of them can be tailored according to what you currently have on hand, and packed either for school or a picnic lunch on the go.
Since the goal is to not consume too much sugar, let’s keep the options minimal. Still, you’ll be able to enjoy either one of these treats.
Looking for more delicious and frugal inspiration? Get more real food meal plans here.