Summer 2016 Menu

As I did this spring, I’ve focused on easy-to-prepare meals while planning my family’s menu for this summer. We’ll probably stick with this menu until I give birth in July and then rely on freezer meals for a time. There are a lot of great meals here, so hopefully we’ll be ready to return to it by August!

What’s for dinner in my house during summer 2016? Menu items range from a zesty Mexican Rice Bake to a flavorful Honey Sesame Chicken.

I’ve described my menu planning process previously (read all about it here). In summary, I develop a new monthly menu at the start of each season (fall, winter, spring, and summer). We use each menu for the three months of that season and then move on to the next season’s menu.

I only include dinners on our menus because we typically eat leftovers with a side of fruit for lunch. I try to include one meatless entrée each week to save us a bit of money at the grocery store. For breakfasts, I generally make a few items on the weekends (e.g., breakfast sandwiches, butterhorns) and freeze them for us to thaw and reheat throughout the week. Sometimes we rely on hot and cold breakfast cereals, as well.

Here are the tasty dinners we’ll be eating this summer.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Over the coming weeks I will share recipes for a few of the new dishes on this menu.

What will you be eating for dinner this summer? Will you be trying any new recipes?

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  1. Awesome! I will be pinning this and consulting it over the summer. I love the pasta fixation since I’m a pasta foodie. Blessings! Coming to you from #CoffeeAndConversation!

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      We probably eat more pasta than we should…but it is so versatile and affordable. We just love it!
      I hope you enjoy some of the recipes. 🙂

  2. I really like the idea of planning per season – and these all look so delicious!

  3. Meal planning can make things much easier. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

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