Easy Summer Meal Ideas

Easy Summer MealsTo help me get back into the habit of posting, and assuming you have similar issues to me, here is a list of summer meal ideas.

No 1,000 words of content, no linked recipes.  Just a small thing to make your life easier.

You can see my print-out here, and you can read the details below.

Simple Meal Planning

I get exhausted thinking about providing dinner every single night, so I’ve started making a 1-page seasonal plan which includes our favorite meals.  I give myself check-off boxes which seem to help me feel like I accomplish something.  Make your own or use mine.  Or if you’ve got a better system, keep at it!

I’ll be back to my typical content soon. Until then, enjoy this:

Appetizer Types

  • Roll-ups (Tortilla+ham+cheese; meat+veggies+cream cheese)
  • Nuts/Cheese/Summer Sausage/Fruit tray
  • Turkey/Swiss or cream cheese/granny smith slice/dijon (crackers)
  • Bruschetta

Meat Salads

  • Curried Chicken Salad
  • Tuna Salad
  • Fruited Chicken Salad
  • Black and Blue Salad (or lettuce boats)
  • Hacked Chicken Salad


  • Caprese salad (mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, balsamic, salt/pepper)
  • Chopped salad (greens, bell pepper, ham, pepperoni, cheese) (2t olive oil + 1t vinegar + salt + pepper + grated parmesan)
  • Wedge Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Greek Yogurt and Fruit

Sandwiches and Other

  • Gazpacho and cheese bread
  • Sesame Noodles
  • Good cheese and good bread or crackers
  • Cheesy toast on good break
  • Good peanut butter on good bread
  • BLTs
  • Hotdogs + chips + fresh veggies
  • Hamburgers + potato salad + fruit

And you?

What are your favorite, easy go-to meals?  Comment below to share.


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