Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Recipes for Fast and Fancy Summer Suppers

Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Recipes for Fast and Fancy Summer Suppers

Meghan Splawn
Jun 10, 2017
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Some weeks our meal plan has a clear goal or theme that runs through it, and other weeks it's just a collection of recipes that look delicious. This week's challenge, though, is that most of what I'm craving right now — fast and fancy summer suppers — doesn't feel super kid-friendly on paper.

So this week I'm sharing the meals I'm making, plus how I'll adapt, rename, or rework these recipes to get — fingers-crossed! — my kids to try some new-to-them meals.

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: Spaghetti with Pancetta, Peas, and Burrata

Full disclosure: Despite the fact that fresh peas are everywhere right now, I'm planning to use up a bag of peas from the freezer as a means of saving budget dollars for a banging burrata. It's easy enough to leave off the fresh herbs and cheese if you've got a picky eater in the house.

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Tuesday: Flank Steak Panzanella

Here's my trick for serving salad to my two kids: I dress the greens separately and serve them on the side of the other components. They will devour the other vegetables, bread, and steak here and if they try the greens, great! I'm not listening to anyone complain about the "salad" in their dinner. We're grilling the steak component of this salad and planning on leftovers for lunches this week.

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Wednesday: Naan-wiches with Cucumber Raita

This recipe has been on my "to-try" list for too long. We're opting for ground lamb, since beef is on the menu for Tuesday and Thursday. The kids will get sliced naan, the raita for dipping, and the lamb on the side. I'll be serving drained, canned chickpeas (something my kids love) and fresh fruit as sides.

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Thursday: Tomato and Feta Galette

I like to call this a pizza pie to appease my suspicious 5-year-old, who thinks a galette sounds too fussy for her. I will probably double this recipe and serve a salad and chopped vegetables on the side for my kiddos.

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Friday: Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

While the kids are in summer camp we are skipping our usual Pizza Friday ritual and doing a burger of the week. I'm making a big batch of these sweet potato burgers to freeze and turn into lunches for myself this summer. Cheese, ketchup, and a sesame seed bun will make these a little more appealing for the kids, although my children are well-versed in veggie burgers and will happily oblige eating them as long as there are also fries.

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