Who feels like cooking?
Not many of us. As the temperature climbs and everyone gets busy doing activities outside, the last place we want to be is in the middle of a hot messy kitchen.
But we still have to eat, right?
And those of us trying to embrace a frugal living mentality will not use the weather as a reason to get takeout food.
We will, however, adjust our meal plan to include more crock pot dinners, quick one pot recipes, and cool summer salads.
I am excited that the garden is close to producing!! That will mean fresh tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and other treats to incorporate into our seasonal meals. I avoid buying much produce out of season, as the cost is so much higher. When they are in season, I pick or buy as much fresh fruits and vegetables as I can to preserve for use throughout the year.
Another trick I use is to make lots of extras so cooking is easier on those hot balmy nights. Since my husband enjoys grilling, I will have him toss extra meat and veggies on the grill to use in other meals. Here’s how July’s meal plan looks:
1 Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad
2 Baked Potato Bar
3 Picky Eater Pizza
4 Grilled Chicken Breasts (make double, cut up extra and freeze)
5 Shrimp Fried Rice
6 Crock Pot Venison Chili (make and freeze extra)
(cook browned meat and other ingredients in crock pot on high 4-6 hours)
7 One Pot Potato Soup (make and freeze extra)
8 Blueberry Pancakes
9 Baked Hot Legs
10 Beef and Bean Soft Tacos (make and freeze extra tortillas, rice)
11 Pan Seared Salmon with Sweet Potatoes
12 Mock Chicken Parm Pasta (use leftover grilled chicken)
13 Grilled Sausage and Peppers
14 Baked Manicotti
15 Grilled Chicken Salad (use leftover grilled chicken)
16 Italian Antipasto Pasta Salad
17 Stuffed Banana Peppers (use leftover rice)
18 Picky Eater Pizza
19 Pasta Primavera
20 Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
21 Grilled Salmon and Vegetables (grill an extra chicken breast, cut up and freeze)
22 One Pot Potato Soup (use leftovers)
23 Crock Pot Venison Chili (use leftovers)
24 Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas (use leftover tortillas and grilled chicken)
25 Grilled Chicken Salad (use leftover grilled chicken)
26 Picky Eater Pizza
27 Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya
28 Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya
29 Veggie Frittatas
30 Pasta Primavera
31 Stuffed Banana Peppers
I will add more recipe links as they are posted.