It’s time. July is the month where the best produce of the year collides and overwhelms you as you browse the market or grocery circulars.
It’s when the last of the spring asparagus and peas sit next to the first tomato caprese salad of the season. Meanwhile, your garden is officially drowning in zucchini and you once again swear that next year you’ll plant less.
I love July, don’t you?
If I’ve learned anything about summer over the years, it’s that we always need two things:
- homemade ice cream in the freezer
- a meal plan
If you don’t want a full fledged meal plan, pick just 4 meals for the week and intersperse with last minute gatherings, pizza on the grill or dinner from your favorite food truck.
Meal plans are not set in stone, so don’t feel obliged to follow them exactly as written unless you want to. Choose what sounds good to you, and let the rest be inspiration for when you need to go shopping again!
Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: July 2016
Notes on these healthy eating meal ideas:
- This meal plan is for the average family of four, costing approximately $350. You might need to change portion sizes according to your own family size and budget.
- Meals are based around 3 whole chickens, 1 beef shoulder roast, ground beef, bratwurst, ground chicken, Italian sausage, and bacon.
- The meals within this plan were designed to build off of each other, using leftovers when possible and allowing opportunities to cook less while still eating every night. I do this to lower my budget and spend less time in the kitchen. Feel free to follow suit, or not.
Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Week 1
(S) Macaroni & Cheese
(M) Two Chili-Lime Chicken
(T) White Cheese Chicken Lasagna
(W) BBQ Burgers
(T) Green Well Salad with Biscuits
(F) One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta
(S) Vegetable Chickpea Curry and Biscuits
Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Week 2
Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Week 3
Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: 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.
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.
Did you know that I make these meal plans every month? I sure do, and I’ve kept an archive of all of them. For more real food meal plan inspiration, visit this page.