Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Easy Dinners to Welcome Summer

Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Easy Dinners to Welcome Summer

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Meghan Splawn
Jun 4, 2017
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Summer has officially hit full swing around here. My kids have started their various summer camps, which include a later wake-up time and bedtime, pushing dinner a little later into the evening each day. This transition from our normal school year routine to our summer one is so refreshing after how crazy jam-packed our May calendar was.

This week's meal plan is all about welcoming summer into our kitchen. Don't worry — it still includes family friendly fare that's easy to get on the table and a surprising change to our Pizza Friday ritual.

This. From now until September, please.
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Welcome to This Week's Meal Plan

Planning my weekly meals is a habit I enjoy. Since I'm frequently asked by friends and family what I'm cooking for dinner each week, I thought it'd be useful to share my weekly meal plan here. Whether you're just learning to meal plan and looking for a real-life example of how this works or you're an old pro on the hunt for inspiration, here's a peek at how I'm feeding my family this week.

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Monday: Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad

I've been looking forward to cooking this cold noodle salad since Kelli started developing it. Cold noodle dishes are a nice riff on our usual Monday night pasta dinner, plus this one pairs well with leftover grilled chicken breast from the weekend. I'm planning on the leftovers to be lunches for me the rest of the week.

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Tuesday: Cheese Quesadillas with Creamy Avocado Dip

Here's one of my lazy summer meal go-tos in action — a hearty dip plus all the raw vegetables. I'll pull out some tortilla chips for myself and make some very basic cheese quesadillas for the kids to dip, too.

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Wednesday: Summer Succotash Salad

An almost no-cook summer salad that my kids actually love to eat, succotash is hearty enough to eat on its own. Still I'll partner it will some "grilled" (read: I'm throwing it on the panini press) garlic bread and fresh fruit.

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Thursday: Shrimp Skewers and Veggie Kebabs

Skewered food is infinitely more fun to eat than un-skewered food, according to my children. I'm actually firing up the grill for dinner on Thursday and hope the weather cooperates for us to eat dinner outside. I'll skip the chimichurri on some of the skewers for the kids (my oldest is spice-averse) and will let them build their own vegetable kebabs before grilling.

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Friday: Chicken Guacamole Burgers

Surprise! No Pizza Friday this week. Summer camp has pizza lunches planned for the next few weeks, so we'll be instituting a "Burger Friday Summer Series." Hopefully burgers, which are as beloved as pizza in our house, will have the same fun and unifying effect as our regular tradition.

Now you tell me: What are you cooking up this summer?

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