August Meal Plan: all planned out for you

As much as I’m loving reading the recipes for all the meals featured on this list, I have to admit that I’m not cooking them all. Summer can be so hard. Last week, I cooked two meals. Two. For me, that’s heartbreaking, because I’ve learned to love cooking and creating and tweaking recipes to fit our family. The week itself was barely planned (yikes!) and a mix of overnights for the kids, sick days for me, movies and field trips. Still, the fact that I had the week pre-planned was so helpful because I already had food to cook and I knew just what to do with it on the days that I was cooking.

I’ve prepared this month-at-a-glance meal plan to do just that. To make it so that you can look at your week ahead, find the meals that fit best with your schedule and prepare, shop and cook just those meals. Each week has a healthy mix of favorite family foods, encouraging your family to enjoy new tastes and old favorites. As you’re planning, consider that you aren’t including chicken every night, that you’re learning new ways to prep meals that your family will, hopefully, love. (They won’t love them all. Heck, you won’t even love them all. But at least you’ll learn to never, ever cook those meals again.)

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So, here you go! 5 weeks of summer dinners for August

Menu Plan July Week 5/August Week 1

Monday: Brown Sugar BBQ marinated chicken with grilled vegetables
Tuesday: Creamy Shrimp Rolls with Sweet Potato Chips
Wednesday:   BBQ Meatloaf and fresh garden salad
Thursday: BBQ Grilled Ribs with grilled garden veggies
Weekend: Smokey Sweet Potato Burgers with garlic cream and avocado, chips & homemade salsa; Quick Chickpea & Summer Vegetable Stew

*There’s a lot of BBQ on this week’s menu–I recommend making a big batch of sauce that your family loves — pick one of these, make it Monday, and substitute the recipe through the week to save time and money. 

Menu Plan August Week 2

Monday: Chicken fajitas, Mexican rice and re-fried beans
Tuesday: Radish Gazpacho Soup
Wednesday: Creamy Orzo with Sausage, tomatos and zuchinni
Thursday:  Peas & Ham Pasta Salad
Weekend: Lawry’s Cedar Plank Salmon with Pineapple Salsa and Grilled Vegetables;  Grilled Steak Dinner with Grilled Romaine Salad

Menu Plan August Week 3

Monday: Grilled Chicken Pitas, grilled corn on the cob, side garden salad
Tuesday: Stacked Vegetable Enchiladas
Wednesday: Grilled Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa and Mexican Rice
Thursday: Greekburgers with a Greek Salad
Weekend: Nectarine & Blue Cheese Salad (might even shred some left over chicken or fish into this one… or cook up a piece of chicken to shred in it); Hot Dog Party–going to let the family pre-suggest some toppings from the many found on this page and go-to-town creating hot dog topped recipes.

 

Menu Plan August Week 4

Monday: Grilled Lemon Chicken, Grilled Asparagus
Tuesday: Spicy Fish Taco Bowls (salad) (you can make this ahead of time and serve it cold)
Wednesday: Toastachos
Thursday: Basil Pesto Pasta with Zucchini and Mint
Weekend: Grilled Pork Chops with Sesame Slaw; Zesty Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf with side garden salad and Simple Potato Salad

 

Menu Plan August Week 5

Monday: Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes (grill or bake the chicken ahead of time, or buy a Rotisserie chicken at the grocery store)
Tuesday: Easy Shrimp Linguine
Wednesday: Chipotle Bean Burritos with rice
Thursday: Rigantoni with Grilled Peppers and Onions
Weekend: MYO BBQ Pizza; Labor Day Burgers Party (Burgers, Orzo, Vegetables and more!)

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About Julie Meyers Pron

Julie Meyers Pron has written 1573 post at Julieverse.

mom of 3 and wife, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse and VlogMom, columnist for Rusty & Rosy, Home Made Simple and P&G Everyday, the Social Media and Child Development Specialist at PlayWow, and a team member of Splash Creative Media. Julie is a PTOer, volunteer, elementary educator and that's just the beginning of the list. A marketing strategist and freelance writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, cooking and exercise.

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