Quick Tips to Make Summer Meal Planning a Breeze

Easy summer meal planning ideas to get your family meals on the table with less stress.

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Let's face it: no one actually wants to cook during the summer. Meal planning is one of the last things that we want to think about as we are playing at the pool or heading out for a day trip. Which often means we end up at a drive through or ordering pizza when we get home.

That might be fine once in a while but it can get old fast. So how do we stay on track (and on budget) with meal planning during the busy summer season? When you have a few easy tricks up your sleeve summer meal planning can be a breeze.

Make summer meal planning simple with these easy tips! Find meal planning tips that will make summer break easier and plan meals with less stress. Includes an amazing meal planning bundle too! #mealplan #mealplanning #dinner #familymeals

Summer Meal Planning Made Easy

Keep it simple

This doesn’t just take into account recipes, but also the execution and clean up of your meals. Crockpot meals, grilling recipes, and meals that require little to no prep work are going to be ideal during the summer months. When you are planning your meals, try to keep your recipes simple so your summer meals can be made a lot quicker.

Plan for no-cook meals on hot days

Salads, sandwiches, and smoothies are all great examples of no-cook recipes that your family will love. If you know the weather is going to be hot outside, don’t heat up your house! Make pasta in the instant pot and turn it into a cold pasta salad that you can have for lunch tomorrow.

You can even make delicious no-bake desserts or homemade popsicles. Get creative and plan for a few no-cook recipes if you know the weather is going to dip into the 90’s or 100’s.

Use freezer meals

Freezer meals are a lifesaver during the summer months. During the weeks leading up to summer break, start making freezer meals. If you've never done them before, here's everything you need to get started. While it might feel like a lot of prep work, you'll appreciate it when summer break starts and you have a ton of delicious recipes you can pull out of the freezer with no work. If you do end up cooking a lot over the summer, double the recipes you make and enjoy them during busier nights.

See some of our family's favorite freezer meals here.

Take advantage of seasonal produce

Seasonal produce will not only save you a bundle on your grocery bill, but it can also save you time meal planning. Fresh strawberries, watermelon, and other fruit can work great as a breakfast or snack option.  Grilling summer vegetables is a delicious side to go with a simple dinner. Consider joining a CSA to have fresh produce on hand every week, and find ways to incorporate produce into your meal plan for lighter and healthier meals.

Make it fun

I know that we are mostly going for ease here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try anything new over the summer. Turn it into a fun activity for the kids and let them each be chef for the day. It doesn't have to be a main dish: you can plan for a new homemade popsicle or ice cream recipe for after dinner too. Get creative and try new recipes while you have everyone at home!

Let someone else do the work

Honestly, this is the way to go. You don't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to making meal plans - let someone else take care of it for you.

This is the ultimate tool for making meal planning simple. My friends at Ultimate Bundles have made put together tons of ready-made meal plans with a focus on quick & simple, but delicious, healthy meals – complete with shopping lists and fresh recipes – for a ridiculously low price.

It’s called the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle 2019 and here’s a taste of what it includes:
  • A carefully-curated library of simple, nutritious, whole food recipes, beautifully formatted in 12 digital cookbooks
  • An easy-to-use index for every single recipe, to help you sort by food allergy, eating style, quick meals, cooking method, and more
  • 29 unique made-for-you meals plans complete with grocery lists and prep reminders (4-week dinner plans, school & work lunch plans, breakfast rotations, party plans, and more!)
  • Meal planning printables for those who love paper & pen and creating their own custom plans including my own Family Meal Planner.
  • Plus healthy eating resources on clean eating, a flavor crash course, strategies for helping kids with pickiness, allergies or oral SPD, and more!

With the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle, you’ll have hundreds of recipes available in one place, so you can find what you need quickly, thanks to the bundle's clickable, convenient index. You’ll find all the recipes in one place, plus you can ignore recipes that don’t fit your family’s diet or preferences, or even find recipes that will help you use up that last bit of summer produce.

They’ve even standardized every single recipe, and put them all into 12 categorized, beautifully formatted and easy to use digital cookbooks, AND made more than 30 unique and practical meal plans to go with them (grocery lists and prep plans included).

For just $49.97, you can get 1072 recipes, 30+ meal plans, meal planners and printables, plus eBooks and eCourses on topics like meals on a budget, learning how to cook, and teaching kids to help in the kitchen. It’s a no-brainer deal.

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The Healthy Meal Planning Bundle includes my own Family Meal Planner as just one of the amazing resources to help you get started with meal planning.

If the bundle isn't in your budget right now, you can purchase the Family Meal Planner on its own for only $4.99.

Inside the Family Meal Planner you’ll find the tools you need to make an entire year of meal plans, including:

  • Pantry, Refrigerator, and Freezer Inventory: know what's there so you can make meals with the ingredients you have.
  • Grocery Shopping Lists
  • Family Favorite Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast logs to keep track of what's tried and true.
  • A year's worth of monthly and weekly meal planning pages for you to customize with your favorites!


Or if you prefer a printed version, you can find it on Amazon here.

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