Did you know you can make bread in the slow cooker?
I didn’t know either until our oven broke!
It’s amazing what you can cook in a slow cooker. I use it all the time in the summer to keep from overheating the house. There’s a lot of appliances you don’t need for the kitchen, but a slow cooker is a must-have.
There’s nothing like living the summer through your child’s eyes. Enjoying time outdoors exploring and finding frugal fun is one of my favorite aspects of summer. I like to be flexible with my meal plan and keep my time in the kitchen to a minimum.
This month’s meals are quick and easy to keep you from spending all your time in the kitchen, too. As always mix and match to your family’s taste. There’s no set rules to what goes on YOUR meal plan!
Summer Dinner Ideas: June 2012
A note about summer dinner ideas:
- This meal plan is designed to feed a family of four for about $350. Prices will vary by region and with adjustments made for your family’s needs.
Summer Dinner Ideas: Week 1
(S) Hearty Minestrone Soup with Dinner Biscuits
(M) Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas
(T) Creamy Squash Pasta Bake
(W) Southwestern Salad with Dinner Biscuits
(T) Vegetable Fried Rice
(F) Homemade Pizza
(S) Summer Kick-Off BBQ (Church) – bringing Greek Pasta Salad
Summer Dinner Ideas: Week 2
(S) One Pot Chicken and Rice with Vegetables
(M) Mini-Chicken Sandwiches on Homemade Rolls with Potato Wedges
(T) Spring Pasta Primavera
(W) DIY Salads with Dinner Rolls
(T) One Pot Mexican Vegetable Quinoa
(F) Homemade Mini Pizza on Homemade English Muffins
(S) Grilled Salmon with Garlic Green Beans and Pesto Risotto
Summer Dinner Ideas: Week 3
(S) Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Cacciatore
(M) Fried Coconut Shrimp, with Coconut Rice and Pan Seared Broccoli
(T) Faux Risotto with Summer Vegetables
(W) Vegetable Fried Rice
(T) One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta
(F) My Birthday! / Homemade Grilled Pizza
(S) Bacon-Wrapped Pesto Chicken
Summer Dinner Ideas: Week 4
(S) Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Pan Seared Broccoli and Man Bread
(M) Tilapia & Shrimp Tacos with Coconut Rice, Southwestern Corn, Homemade Tortillas
(T) Homemade Spaghetti-Os
(W) Chicken Salad Wraps
(T) Zucchini Beef Skillet
(F) Buffalo Chicken Pizza
(S) Grilled Tri-Tip on Homemade Rolls with Pesto Risotto
Don’t let summer stress you out. Enjoy the relaxed, no schedule nonsense that goes along with it. Use a meal plan that works to keep you ahead and out of the last minute stretch to put food on the table.
Find more meals to mix and match with your favorites in the meal plan archives.