My meal-planning routine has changed a bit since summer started. Instead of doing all my planning on Friday night, I wait until after the farmers market on Saturday to formulate a plan. I give myself a budget for buying eggs, vegetables, fruit, and bread (always buy the bread) at the market and just buy whatever looks great that week. After we get home with our haul, I put things away, make a plan, and grocery shop for staples or missing ingredients in the afternoon.
This farmers market-centric meal-planning routine keeps me inspired and gives me flexibility each week. Here's what a week of farmers market-inspired meals looks like for my family of four.
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: Greek-Style Tuna Salad
The farmers market finds going into this meal are as follows:
- A rainbow of cherry tomatoes I could not resist.
- A trio of tiny lemon cucumbers.
- A side of toasted baguette from our favorite bakery.
The rest of the ingredients I already have on hand in the kitchen, making this recipe the ideal result of all my shopping.
I'm sort of frittata-obsessed, and this one will be stunning with the local goat cheese and some of the rainbow chard I snagged at the market, herbs from our patio, and local eggs I'm in love with. I call this "egg pie" for my kiddos and it's one of the easiest ways to get greens into their diet.
Wednesday: Lettuce Salad with Hot Beef Dressing
Nothing makes me feel more adult than having a favorite lettuce vendor at our farmers market. I could easily grab lettuce from any of the stalls, but my lettuce guy always has the prettiest heads of romaine, Bibb, and Boston lettuces, plus the spiciest arugula and tender cabbage. Kelli has been raving about this salad lately and I'm glad it will make smart use of the lettuce I overbought.
P.S.: Greens can be a hard sell for young eaters, but romaine is a nice entry-level lettuce, as it's crunchy, mild, and sweet. I'll still be serving some soba noodles alongside this salad for my little ones.
Thursday: Skillet Ratatouille Cobbler
This ingenious recipe uses up all the vegetables from the farmers market, but covers them in a rich gravy and biscuits. This is summer comfort food at its finest and I'm super excited to serve this to my family.
This summer we are skipping Pizza Friday (my kids' camp has pizza for lunch this day) and taking on a new burger ritual instead. These hearty portobello burgers were a request from my husband. I think he's in it for the smoky Gouda cheese.
How does summer shift your meal planning? What's your favorite farmers market meal?