Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Fresh & Easy Summer Dinners

Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Fresh & Easy Summer Dinners

Meghan Splawn
Jul 21, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Let me be perfectly honest with you: I failed at last week's meal plan. Trying to cook (even no-cook) dinners on vacation while traveling with kids was not my best planning at all. The silver lining is that coming back from vacation to an empty fridge is the best clean slate for meal planning; there are no leftovers to use up and I can put almost anything on the meal plan.

This week is packed with five meals that are getting me excited to cook and eat meals at home, but are also summer-centric with tomatoes, corn, and some slow cooker prep to keep things tasty and cool. Here's what a week of dinners to give me my summer meal-planning mojo back looks like.

Welcome to This Week's Meal Plan

I believe meal planning is the secret to stress-free weeknight dinners. Since I'm frequently asked by friends and family what I'm cooking for dinner each week, I 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: Easy Bruschetta Chicken

Monday night's dinner must always be fast, easy, and comforting or I may abandon my meal plan entirely on this night. These quick-cooking cutlets get topped with a gorgeous chopped salad of tomatoes that will also top toasted bread that I'm serving on the side. Double down on tomatoes this week — they're a running theme for the week. Cube leftover bread tonight for Thursday dinner.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Tuesday: Classic Slow Cooker Margarita Fajitas

These flank steak fajitas are calling my name, and I'm planning to serve them Tuesday as tacos and Friday as part of a salad. We will likely to have grill corn on the side, so that tomorrow night's dinner prep is nearly done before I get into the kitchen.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Wednesday: Bacon Avocado Salad Bowls

This seemingly simple salad is filled with everything to love about summer produce — plus bacon. We already bought tomatoes, corn, and avocados for Monday and Tuesday, so just add a can of black beans and some salad greens and dinner is done! For my kids who don't love salad as a concept, they'll each get a composed plate of vegetables, beans, and bacon.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Thursday: Flank Steak Panzanella

A lot of the prep work for this salad — Monday's leftover bread, Tuesday's flank steak, chopped vegetables from last night's salad — has already been done, so it's mainly about assembly here. That's truly the magic of this meal plan!

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Friday: Farmers Market Pizza

I don't make this pizza often enough, which is a shame because it's the perfect way to end a week of summer meals with pizza (our favorite) while also enjoying the bounty of the season. Don't worry too much about sticking to the produce called for and instead just use up whatever vegetables didn't get eaten during the week.

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